Nathan McAvoy

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Nathan McAvoy
Personal information
Full name Nathaniel Joseph McAvoy[1]
Nickname Macca
Born (1976-12-31) 31 December 1976 (age 38)
Salford, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 16 st 5 lb (104 kg)
Playing information
Rugby league
Position Centre, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994–98 Salford 118 75
1998–2002 Bradford Bulls 97 52 0 0 208
2004–05 Salford City Reds 25 3 0 0 12
2006 Leeds Rhinos 1 0 0 0 0
2006 Wigan Warriors 17 5 0 0 20
2007 Bradford Bulls 29 1 0 0 4
2008 Leigh Centurions
Total 287 136 0 0 244
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994 Great Britain U21 1
1996–99 England 4 0 0 0 0
Rugby union
Position Centre, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–04 Saracens

Nathan McAvoy (born 31 December 1976) was a professional rugby league player for 15 years and is now a qualified PE teacher and currently teaching in Manchester.


Born and raised in Weaste,[2] Salford, McAvoy's first professional contract was given to him by Salford City Reds. He joined Salford in 1994 from Eccles ARL, where he played alongside Adrian Morley, Ian Watson (rugby league) and Carlo Napolitano. He made 118 appearances for the City Reds, scoring 75 tries during his five-year stint at the club.[3]


In 1994, McAvoy played for Great Britain under-21's against Australia.[4]

McAvoy won caps for England while at Salford in 1996 against Wales, and while at Bradford Bulls in 1999 against France, and France (sub).[5]

During his time at Salford, McAvoy was given the captaincy of the Great Britain Academy squad when they toured in New Zealand. He was also selected in the England squad for the 1996 European Championship, and made his début against Wales before being named in the squad for the 2000 World Cup.


Super League giants Bradford Bulls signed Nathan in 1998. McAvoy played for Bradford Bulls from the interchange bench in the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St Helens RLFC. During his time at Bradford he lifted the Rugby League Challenge Cup and the Grand Final in which he scored a spectacular try against bitter rivals Leeds Rhinos in 2000 which is remembered fondly by fans.


Nathan left Bradford and decided it was time for a new challenge and changed codes to play rugby union for Saracens during the 2003–04 season. His rugby union career was frustrating with an early injury causing loss of form and only made a handful of appearances before joining Salford again mid-2004.


He joined Leeds Rhinos in January 2006 and made his début in the Tetleys Festive Challenge at Headingley against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and scored a try in a 46 – 18 win

It was announced on 28 April 2006 that Nathan had joined Wigan Warriors on a months loan. A day later it was announced that Leeds Rhinos had released Nathan from his contract.


Nathan was awarded with a 1-year contract at the JJB Stadium this season after successfully helping the Wigan club survive relegation last season.

It was announced 2 February 2007 that Nathan was not offered a contract with Wigan and will be returning to Bradford for the 2007 season taking the squad number 2.

In August 2007 it was announced that Nathan would be released at the end of 2007.

2008 – 2011[edit]

In December 2007, it was announced that Nathan had signed a part-time contract to play with Leigh Centurions for the 2008 season.

In the 2008 season, McAvoy suffered a shattered kneecap and broken neck. Although he fully recovered he subsequently decided to retire from professional sport and complete his studies at Salford University where he gained a 2:1 in Sport Science & Management in 2009 (dissertation – Salary Caps in Sport).

He then went on to train as a teacher and in 2010 became a PE teacher at Manchester Academy.

Nathan currently resides on the RFL disciplinary board.


  1. ^ "Nathan McAvoy". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nat to take centre stage". Manchester Evening News. 20 June 2005. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sport: Rugby League Grand Final pen pics". BBC Sport. 8 October 1999. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, Raymond (1997). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1997. Headline Book Publishing. p. 358. ISBN 978-0-7472-7764-4. 
  5. ^ "England Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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