Jason Croker

Jason Croker (born 10 March 1973) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative utility player, he previously played club football in the NRL for the Canberra Raiders, with whom he won the 1994 Winfield Cup and set club records for both highest total games and tries. Croker saw out his career with French Super League club Catalans Dragons.

Jason Croker
Jason Croker.jpg
Personal information
Born (1973-03-10) 10 March 1973 (age 47)
Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
PositionSecond-row, Lock, Centre, Five-eighth, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991–06 Canberra Raiders 318 120 1 0 482
2007–09 Catalans Dragons 62 12 0 1 49
Total 380 132 1 1 531
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000 Australia 5 2 0 0 8
1993–01 New South Wales 5 0 0 0 0
1994–01 Country NSW 3 0 0 0 0

Playing careerEdit

CanberraEdit

Croker was named the Canberra Raiders' rookie of the year in 1991 and he went on to play somewhat of a utility position over his long career, filling into many spots throughout his team. His 120 tries for Canberra is a club record and in 2000 he was named the Raiders' player of the year. He also gained selection in Australia's 2000 World Cup winning squad.

In 2006 Croker played his 300th game for the Raiders, becoming the first to achieve this honour for the Raiders.[1]

In Croker's last game in Canberra he was given the keys to the city by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope in front of over 21,000 fans.[2]

 
Croker playing with the Catalans Dragons in 2007

Catalans DragonsEdit

Croker signed a two-year deal to play for the French team the Catalans Dragons from 2007, which, after two successful campaigns, was extended by a further year in 2008. Croker's experience was of increasing value to the fledgling French side, and his physical fitness and hunger for the game are admired by many. He is regarded fondly by many Catalans Dragons fans for an audacious drop-goal scored in a 29–22 win over the Bradford Bulls at Odsal in March 2007.

Croker was the oldest player in the Super League until retiring at the end of the 2009 season at age 36.[3]

Return to AustraliaEdit

He currently acts as a player-coach for the Gungahlin Bulls in the Canberra Raiders Cup.[4] Croker was named in Canberra's 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[5]

RepresentativeEdit

  • Country: Played two games for Country
  • State Of Origin: Played 5 games in total for New South Wales
  • International: Played 4 tests for Australia in the 2000 World Cup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Catalans sign Raiders star Croker". BBC. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/raiders/raiders-legend-jason-croker-will-play-alongside-his-nephew-lachlan-at-the-nines/news-story/e947a537122eb3af67987dd1928514f5
  3. ^ Laybourn, Ian (2010). "MENZIES NOT BOTHERED BY OLD MAN TAG". sportinglife.com. 365 Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ http://websites.sportstg.com/club_info.cgi?c=7-1084-22461-0-0&sID=25923&articleID=10613875&news_task=DETAIL
  5. ^ "2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines Official Squads". NRL. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017.

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