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Kallum Watkins

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Kallum Watkins
Kallum Watkins Leeds Rhinos.jpg
Personal information
Full nameKallum Paul Watkins[1]
Born (1991-03-12) 12 March 1991 (age 28)
Manchester, Gr. Manchester, England
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[2]
Weight15 st 10 lb (100 kg)[2]
Playing information
PositionCentre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–19 Leeds Rhinos 256 132 98 0 724
2019– Gold Coast Titans 6 0 0 0 0
Total 262 132 98 0 724
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012– England 25 12 0 0 48
As of 4 September 2019
Source: [3][4][5]

Kallum Paul Watkins (born 12 March 1991) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre for the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL and England at international level.

He previously played for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League.

Background

Watkins was born in Manchester, England to a Jamaican mother and an English father.

Early days

Watkins began his rugby league career at his local club Folly Lane (Pendlebury) before moving on to Salford Junior Academy. In 2007, after impressing in a trial at Leeds he signed a junior contract with the club.[6]

Watkins has earned representative honours for the England Under 17s team against the AIS, and in 2012 made the full England team scoring 4 tries in 3 starts at centre in the autumn international series.

Leeds

2007: Leeds Academy and England under 17s

Kallum joined Leeds in 2007, having impressed during a trial period. In that first season with the Junior Academy he scored 13 tries in 20 appearances as they headed for Grand Final glory, where he scored the opening try in Leeds 26–16 win over St. Helens, and earned himself a place in the England U17 squad to play the AIS. His England U17s début was as a substitute in the first test against the Australian Institute of Sport at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium. England lost 28–26, but Kallum helped the young Lions restore pride a week later with a 38-22 win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats' Belle Vue [6]

2008: First grade début

He began 2008 in spectacular form for the Academy, scoring 11 tries in the opening five games of the season, including a hattrick against Hull Kingston Rovers in the first game of the season & four tries a week later against Castleford. His form saw him promoted to the Leeds first Grade squad in April 2008 at just sixteen years of age. He made his début against the then Celtic Crusaders in the Challenge Cup, scoring a try. He went on to make 4 further appearances in 2008 scoring 2 further tries, most notably against Bradford Bulls at the Millennium Magic weekend.[6]

2009: More game time

In 2009, Watkins became a more regular name on the Leeds team sheet. He made 13 appearances in all scoring 4 tries, including a spectacular length of the field interception try late on to beat Huddersfield at Headingley 20–12.[7]

Watkins playing for the Leeds Rhinos
Watkins playing for the Leeds Rhinos

2010: Knee reconstruction

2010 started with so much promise for the 18-year-old Watkins, starting in the Leeds first 6 games which included an appearance on the wing in the World Club Challenge defeat by the Melbourne Storm. Watkins started at fullback, wing, and centre in the 6 game stretch due to injuries to teammates, however, on 14 March he injured his knee in the 26-20 defeat by Huddersfield, and had to have a knee reconstruction. Watkins did not play again that season.[8]

2011: Another bad injury

At the start of the 2011 season he was mainly used on the wing scoring 9 tries in 8 games including 4 against Wakefield Trinity. On 29 April 2011, while playing against Castleford in Leeds' 48–6 win, Watkins injured the ligaments in his wrist which saw him miss the next 12 weeks.[9]

Later that year he played at centre for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final defeat to the Wigan Warriors at Wembley Stadium.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

2012: future secured

Watkins was given a boost after 2 injury-ravaged seasons when he was handed the Number 3 Jersey by the Leeds Head Coach Brian McDermott. This signalled the intent that the coach sees him as the long term right centre at Leeds. Kallum also signed a new 5-year contract on 26 January, keeping him at Leeds until 2017 at the earliest [25]

He played in the 2012 Challenge Cup Final defeat to the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium.[26][27][28][29]

He played in the 2012 Super League Grand Final victory over the Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford.[30][27]

2014

He played in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium.[31]

2015

He played in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at Wembley Stadium.[32][33][34]

He played in the 2015 Super League Grand Final victory over the Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford.[35]

2017

Watkins played in Leed's 24–6 2017 Super League Grand Final victory over Castleford at Old Trafford. It was his sixth premiership victory as a player with Leeds.[36][37][38][39]

2018: Captain

In January 2018, Watkins was named by Leeds as their captain for the 2018 season.[40]

Gold Coast

In 2019, Watkins signed a contract to join NRL side the Gold Coast Titans. Watkins made his debut for the Gold Coast against Brisbane in Round 19 of the 2019 NRL season which ended in a 34–12 loss at Cbus Super Stadium. The following week, Watkins played for the Gold Coast against the Sydney Roosters as the club suffered its second-worst defeat since entering the competition losing 58–6 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[41][42]

Watkins made a total of 6 appearances in his first season in the NRL as the Gold Coast finished last on the table and claimed the wooden spoon.[43]

International career

2012

Watkins made his International début for England in the 2012 Autumn International Series. He scored a try on début against Wales. He went on to score a total try tally of 4 tries in England's 3 tournament matches.

2013

In October and November, Watkins played for England in their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. He played in all 5 of England's matches, scoring two tries.

2014

In October, England travelled down under to play in the Four Nations. Kallum scored two tries in England's 3 tournament matches.

2015

In October Watkins was named in England's 24-man squad for their test-series against New Zealand.[44] Before the series began England took on France in a test match at Leigh. Kallum scored his 9th career try in England's rout of their opponents.[45]

2016

In October, Watkins was named in England's 24-man squad for the 2016 Four Nations. Before the tournament began, Kallum played in England's test match against France.

2017

In October 2017 he was selected in the England squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[46]

Statistics

By competition

Competition Games Tries Goals F/G Points
Super League 38 18 - 76
Challenge Cup 4 2 - 8
World Club Challenge 3 1 - 4
Play Offs - - - -
Total 45 24 - - 96

[6]

Honours

Grand Final: 6

2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017

League Leaders Shield: 2

2009, 2015

Challenge Cup: 2

2014, 2015

World Club Challenge: 1

2012

References

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