Rod Griffin

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Rod Griffin
Rod Griffin Bulldogs.jpg
Personal information
Full name Rodney Griffin[1]
Born (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 30)
Papua New Guinea
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Lock, Second-row, Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017– Canterbury Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–17 Papua New Guinea 13 3 0 0 12
As of 19 November 2017
Source: [2]

Rodney Griffin (born 5 January 1987) is a Papua New Guinean professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the National Rugby League. A Papua New Guinean international,[3] he plays at lock, second-row and prop.

Background[edit]

Born in Papua New Guinea, Griffin moved to Australia at the age of 3[4] and played his junior rugby league for the Atherton Roosters, before going into the North Queensland Cowboys' academy system.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2005, Griffin played for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the Queensland Cup.[4] In 2006, he moved down to Sydney, New South Wales to play in the Wests Tigers' junior grades.[6][7]

2007[edit]

In October and November, Griffin played 3 games for Papua New Guinea against Wales, and France twice.[8]

2008[edit]

In 2008, Griffin returned to the Queensland Cup to play for the Northern Pride RLFC.[9] In October and November, he played 3 games for Papua New Guinea at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup against England, New Zealand and Australia.[10][11][12]

2009[edit]

In 2009, Griffin had hopes of gaining a contract with the North Queensland Cowboys.[13]

2010[edit]

On 19 September, Griffin played in the Pride's 2010 Queensland Cup Grand Final win over the Norths Devils.[14] In October and November, he played 3 games for Papua New Guinea at the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations against Australia, New Zealand and England.[15]

2011[edit]

In 2011, Griffin joined the Tweed Heads Seagulls.[16][17] On 25 September, he played in the Seagulls' 2011 Queensland Cup Grand Final loss to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls. This was his third Queensland Cup grand final in a row, after losing with the Pride in 2009 and winning with the Pride in 2010.[4]

2013[edit]

After spotting him in the Papua New Guinea camp while assistant coaching the side in 2010, Ipswich Jets co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker signed Griffin to the Ipswich side, after initially missing out on him in 2010.[4][18] The Walkers stripped 10 kilograms from his frame and moulded him into an 80-minute middle forward[5] capable of performances like 309 metres in 66 minutes in Queensland Cup.[4]

Griffin playing for the Tigers in 2016

2015[edit]

In 2015, Griffin did a pre-season with the Brisbane Broncos,[1] but failed to gain a contract. On 27 September, he played in the Jets' 2015 Queensland Cup Grand Final win over the Townsville Blackhawks.[19][20] On 4 October, he played in the Jets' 2015 NRL State Championship win over the Newcastle Knights, scoring a try and setting up a try for winger Marmin Barba.[21] On 13 October, he signed a 1-year contract to return to the Wests Tigers starting in 2016.[22]

2016[edit]

On 7 May, Griffin played for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the 2016 Melanesian Cup.[23] Despite not being able to break into the Tigers' NRL team for 2016, he re-signed with them for 2017.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brisbane Broncos Sign PNG International Rodney Griffin aka "Rod the Bod"". Triplem.com.au. 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Rod Griffin - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 1987-01-05. Retrieved 2016-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Rod Griffin". bigpond.com. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Intrust Super Cup Grand Final : Rod Griffin Creates History". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Broncos lifeline for PNG journeyman". NRL.com. 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  6. ^ "A week im the NRL 10/08 - 16/08/06 - Page 2". Sharksforever.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Harold Matthews, SG Ball, Jersey Flegg to Premier League teams were present to receive awards ranging from best and fairest to player of the year, OURFOOTYTEAM.COM - THE HOME OF JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE, Rugby League Results, Rugby League Ladders, Rugby League Draw, JRLFC, NRL, NSWRL, ARL, CSDJRL, SHARKS". Ourfootyteam.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby League | Rugby League World Cup squads". BBC News. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  11. ^ "PNG name preliminary squad". RLWC.com. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Wilshere handed Kumuls captaincy". BBC. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ Ricketts, Steve (2010-09-19). "Northern Pride beat Norths Devils in Intrust Super Cup final at Suncorp Stadium". News.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Griffin expected to return". Tweed Daily News. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  17. ^ Round 1 Queensland Intrust Super Cup Preview rleague.com, 18 March 2011
  18. ^ "Jets Cup hopes back on track | Ipswich Queensland Times". Qt.com.au. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  19. ^ "Historic win for Jets in Intrust Super Cup final | Ipswich Queensland Times". Qt.com.au. 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  20. ^ "Intrust Super Cup Grand Final preview". NRL.com. 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  21. ^ Brett Keeble (2015-10-04). "Ipswich Jets shoot down Newcastle Knights to win NRL State Championship Final". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  22. ^ "Wests Tigers secure three forwards | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  23. ^ "PNG stuns Fiji in a thriller". nrl.com. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 

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