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Matthew Sturm (born 13 December 1972) is a former professional rugby league footballer who played in New Zealand and in the Super League.[1] Since 2010 he has been part of the Mount Albert Lions.

Matthew Sturm
Personal information
Born (1972-12-13) 13 December 1972 (age 46)
New Zealand
Playing information
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
PositionProp, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1993 Glenora Bears
1994–1996 Counties Manukau 72 8 25 0 82
1998–1999 Huddersfield Giants 46 8 0 0 32
2002–2004 Warrington Wolves 19 0 0 0 0
2005 Leigh Centurions 27 3 0 0 12
Total 164 19 25 0 126
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1995–1996 New Zealand Māori
Source: [1]

Playing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Sturm was a Glenora Bears junior.[2] He played in the inaugural Lion Red Cup season with the Counties Manukau Heroes, starting for the Heroes in the grand final which they lost to North Harbour.[3]

English careerEdit

After standing out in New Zealand, Sturm moved to England and joined the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. After playing in 46 games for the Giants, Sturm joined Workington Town in the Northern Ford Premiership for the 2000 season.[4]

In 2002 Sturm left Workington for the Warrington Wolves.[5] He played another 19 Super League games over three seasons before again moving on.

In 2004 Sturm joined Leigh and helped them win promotion into the Super League. Sturm played in 27 games for Leigh over the 2005 season but they were relegated at the end of the year.[6]

Return to New ZealandEdit

Sturm played for the Auckland Lions in the 2007 Bartercard Cup grand final.[3]

He then joined the Mt Albert Lions and currently plays in the Auckland Rugby League competition.

Representative careerEdit

Sturm represented New Zealand Māori in 1995 and 1996 and the Lion Red Cup XIII in 1995.[3][7] In 1995 he was part of the Auckland side that won the Rugby League Cup.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby League, 1993. p.159
  3. ^ a b c John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 292. ISBN 9781869693312.
  4. ^ "Northern Ford Premiership Club Guide". telegraph.co.uk. 30 November 2000. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Ins and outs for Super League 2002". Racing Post. 1 March 2002. Retrieved 1 January 2003.
  6. ^ "Abram no complaints after Cup Draw Mix Up". theboltonnews.co.uk. 7 June 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2005.
  7. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby League, 1995. p.179