Stuart Spruce

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Stuart Spruce
Personal information
Full name Stuart Arthur Spruce[1]
Born (1971-01-03) 3 January 1971 (age 47)
Playing information
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 15 st 2 lb (96 kg)
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–96 Widnes ? 61 7 0 258
1996–01 Bradford Bulls 86 46 0 0 184
2002–03 Widnes Vikings 54 22 0 0 88
Total 129 7 0 530
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–00 England 3 1 0 0 4
1993–96 Great Britain 6 0 0 0 0
Source: [2][3][4]

Stuart Arthur Spruce (born 3 January 1971) is an English rugby league footballer of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. He played as a fullback for Widnes Vikings, and Bradford Bulls, and represented England, and Great Britain at international level.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Widnes[edit]

Stuart Spruce made his début for Widnes during the 1989-90 season, under coach Doug Laughton. When regular fullback Alan Tait quit for Leeds, Spruce became the permanent fullback.

Bradford Bulls[edit]

Spruce played for Bradford Bulls at fullback in the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St. Helens. He became known as a good defensive player and an excellent offense. James Lowes, who played with him throughout his time with Bradford, paid this tribute: "Stuart has been one of the best fullbacks of his generation. He is a great talker on the field and a devastating runner."

He played for Bradford until the week before the 2001 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final, when he announced his retirement due to injury.

Return to Widnes[edit]

Spruce came out of retirement to play for Widnes during their inaugural Super League season in 2002. He made a total of 54 appearances before retiring permanently at the end of the 2003 Super League season.

International honours[edit]

Spruce won caps for England while at Widnes in 1992 against Wales and while at Bradford Bulls in 2000 against Russia (sub) and Fiji,[3] and won caps for Great Britain while at Widnes in 1993 against France, and while at Bradford in 1996 against Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and New Zealand (3 matches).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 

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