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|Full name||Ryan Cross|
6 October 1979|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
As of 8 Nov 2013 (UTC)
Ryan Cross (born 6 October 1979) is a Rugby Union football player for Racing Metro 92 after signing from USA Perpignan in the French Top 14. He previously played for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition, the Western Force and the NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby and the Australia national rugby union team.
Son of former rugby league player Paul Cross, an Coogee Randwick Wombats junior who played on the wing for the club in the 1964 and 1965 seasons, Ryan was a product of Waverley College, and was a member of the Australian Schools side in both 1996 and 1997, some of his team-mates being future Wallabies Matt Dunning, Adam Freier, David Lyons, George Smith, Phil Waugh, and Craig Wing. But he decided to switch codes and joined the Sydney Roosters rugby league club. His brother Clay is a shot put.
Rugby league career
Cross made his first-grade debut on 17 April 1998, scoring two tries against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. After a promising start to his league career, including an appearance at centre in the 2000 NRL Grand Final, the Roosters' first in 20 years, he had two serious leg injuries. A broken leg saw him miss much of the 2001 NRL season. Just a few matches into the 2002 NRL season he suffered a major knee injury that kept him out for the remainder of that year. That season, Sydney Roosters won the Premiership, their first in 27 years. Cross returned in the 2003 NRL season, finishing as the club's leading try-scorer. He played at centre in the Roosters' loss to the Panthers in the 2003 NRL Grand Final.
In 2005 Cross was again chosen to represent City Origin. He was suspended for six weeks for eye-gouging Parramatta's Glenn Morrison in a match which the Roosters won 12-8. His absence proved costly for the Roosters as they just missed the finals that year. Cross was named the 2005 Sydney Roosters season player of the year.
In June 2006, after a period of speculation and rumour, Cross signed a two-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union and went to Perth to play for the new Super Rugby side, the Western Force. Cross left the Roosters as the fifth-highest try scorer in the club's history, with 85 tries from his 143 matches. He also played in three losing Grand Finals for the club.
Rugby union career
After an outstanding 2008 Super 14 season, in which he won The West Australian/Rosendorff Emirates Western Force Player of the Year Award, Cross was called up for national duty by new Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.
He scored his first Wallaby try against France at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane in his second test on 5 July 2008, having come on as a Second-Half replacement. He followed this with another try later on in the game, both came from Matt Giteau passes.
In 2011 Cross signed with the NSW Waratahs and played in 15 matches during the 2011 Super Rugby season. After playing off the bench in the first few matches, Cross then played the remaining matches as the regular starting centre, including the semi final loss to the Auckland Blues in Auckland.
At the conclusion of the 2011 Super Rugby season Cross signed for USA Perpignan in the French Top 14. The 3-month contract was cover for centres David Marty and Maxime Mermoz who were on 2011 Rugby World Cup duty with the French team who lost the final to host team New Zealand. He currently plays for Racing Metro 92.
Now playing mixed Touch Football on Thursday with Lunchtime Legends.
- Australian Schoolboys Rugby caps. Retrieved 26 April 2014. Archived 16 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Ryan Cross close to rugby code switch". The Age. 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
- "RYAN CROSS WINS EMIRATES WESTERN FORCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR". RugbyWA. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2008-07-29.[dead link]