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Chris Hicks (rugby league)

Chris Hicks (born 19 March 1977) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. He played for the Parramatta Eels of the National Rugby League (NRL).[1][2] A former New South Wales country origin representative fullback or wing, he has previously played in the NRL for the Penrith Panthers and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles as well as playing for Warrington Wolves of the Super League.

Chris Hicks
Chris Hicks Wenty.jpg
Personal information
Born (1977-03-19) 19 March 1977 (age 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
PositionWing, Fullback, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997–02 Penrith Panthers 101 36 77 0 298
2004–07 Manly Sea Eagles 93 42 7 0 182
2008–10 Warrington Wolves 82 71 119 0 572
2011 Parramatta Eels 7 3 0 0 12
Total 283 152 203 0 1064
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–06 NSW Country 2 1 5 0 14
As of 26 June 2009
Source: [1][2]

Playing careerEdit

 
Hicks playing for Warrington in 2008

Early NRL careerEdit

Hicks made his NRL début for the Penrith Panthers in 1997. In six years with the Panthers, Hicks scored just under 300 points.

In 2004, Hicks made his return to the NRL, this time for the Manly Sea Eagles. Hicks spent four years with the Sea Eagles and played in their 2007 NRL grand final defeat by the Melbourne Storm.[3]

Super LeagueEdit

Hicks signed for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League for the 2008 season.[4] At 30 years old he joined Manly team-mate Michael Monaghan in moving to the Wolves for the 2008 season.[5]

In his first season with Warrington, he scored in every single game after adopting kicking duties for the Wolves. The first time he failed to score in a Warrington game came in a 60-8 defeat away at Harlequins on Saturday 24 March 2009, 5 games into his second season with the Wolves.

In each of his three years at Warrington, Hicks was the team's top try-scorer. While he was with the Wolves the team won two Challenge Cups. Hicks scored a hat-trick in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium.[6][7]

Retirement and return to NRLEdit

On 3 December 2010, it was announced that Chris Hicks had retired with immediate effect to make room for the Wolves new signing, Joel Monaghan. However, the retirement was very short-lived. Within a fortnight, Hicks signed a one-year deal with the Parramatta Eels to help fill the gap left by the retiring Eric Grothe Jr.[citation needed] Hicks retired at the end the 2011 NRL season. In Rnd 25 V Roosters Hicks scored a try in his 200th Game.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Factfile on 2007 grand final". The Daily Telegraph. 29 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Kite and Watmough re-signed with the Sea Eagles, Hicks to the Wolves". Manly Sea Eagles. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2007.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Warrington sign Manly wing Hicks". BBC. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2007.
  6. ^ Scott, Ged (28 August 2010). "Leeds 6–30 Warrington". BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  7. ^ Wilson, Andy (28 August 2010). "Chris Hicks hat-trick leads Warrington to Challenge Cup triumph over Leeds". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2019.

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