Mark McLinden (born 8 July 1979) is an Australian former professional
rugby footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He played rugby league in the
National Rugby League
National Rugby League (NRL) for Australian club,
Canberra Raiders and
Super League for English club Harlequins, whom he also
captained. A Country New South Wales representative backline player,
McLinden finished his career in 2009 with a few rugby union games for
Queensland Reds in Super Rugby.
1 Early years
Rugby league career
2.1 Super League
Rugby union career
6 Video Links
7 External links
McLinden was born in Canberra, ACT, and played his early rugby at West
Belconnen Warriors in the
Canberra District Junior Rugby League. While
attending Hawker College, McLinden played for the Australian
Schoolboys team in 1996 and 1997.
Rugby league career
In 1998, McLinden signed to play in the NRL for his local team
Canberra Raiders. Following an impressive début season, Mark was
named NRL Rookie of the Year, and later won the Raiders' player of
the year award.
He also received representative honours with selection for the
Junior Kangaroos squad to play tests against the Junior
Kiwis. In 2001 McLinden was selected to play in the City vs Country
Origin for Country. During his 7 seasons at the
McLinden made 165 appearances, featuring in 5 play-off series.
McLinden in action for Harlequins RL
McLinden signed for the
London Broncos in November 2004 and was
appointed team captain following on from Jim Dymock. During 2005's
Super League X, his first in Super League, Mark showed his versatility
by appearing at hooker, half back and full back.
Super League XI, with his club now operating as Harlequins
RL, Mark was the club's leading
Super League try scorer with 14 tries
from 17 appearances. His season was, however, disrupted by a
persistent back injury which required an operation in late 2006.
McLinden had played much of his career at half-back, and with the
arrival of Great Britain international full-back
Chris Melling at the
London club he played several games of 2007's
Super League XII in the
Super League XII saw McLinden return from injury. However, he
was replaced as captain by
England international Rob Purdham.
McLinden signed a three-year extension to his contract to keep him at
Harlequins until the end of the 2009 season. However, in 2008 he
suffered from a long debilitating illness which caused him to lose a
lot of weight. As a result, he barely featured in
Super League and he
was released at the end of the year.
Before his switch to rugby union he was offered to play for the
Ireland national rugby league team
Ireland national rugby league team at the 2008 World Cup, but declined
in favour of Super 14 pre-season training.
Rugby union career
He played rugby union for the Queensland Reds. He scored his first
Super 14 try in his side's 22-3 win over South Africa's Cheetahs at
Suncorp Stadium. Just before the 2009/10 Super 14 season he retired
from the game due to medical advice.
McLinden is a co-director of Animalates, an exercise program for
children aged 4–11, combining Pilates, yoga, aerobics and dance with
an animal characters theme.
^ SL Stats
^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby
League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
^ Harlow, Phil (2005-09-12). "From
Canberra to Brentford". BBC.
^ a b "Broncos sign Raiders scrum-half". BBC. 2004-11-08. Retrieved
^ "Harlequins suffer triple setback". BBC. 2006-12-08. Retrieved
^ "Harlequins & Hull name skippers". BBC. 2007-01-22. Retrieved
^ "Super 14 shot put ahead of League World Cup". Stuff.co.nz. AAP. 28
October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
^ osteopathy.org; Retrieved 20 September 2013
"My life in rugby league: Mark McLinden" interview at TotalRL.com
Quins RL profile[permanent dead link]
Seven stitches in my eyelid
Life with London
Triple drama for Harlequins squad
Established 1980 in London, England
International representative players
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Chiswick Polytechnic Sports Ground
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Hall of Fame
Rugby Football League Championship Second Division Champions
Super League II runners-up
1999 Challenge Cup runners-up
Tony Currie (1996–1998)
Dan Stains (1999)
Tony Rea /
Les Kiss (1999)
John Monie (2000)
Tony Rea (2000–2006)
Brian McDermott (2006-2010)
Rob Powell (2011-2012)
Tony Rea (2012-2014)
Joey Grima (2014-2015)
Andrew Henderson (2015-2017)
Danny Ward (2018-)
Mark McLinden (2005)
Rob Purdham (2006–2011)
Craig Gower (2012-2013)
Tony Clubb (2013)
Antonio Kaufusi (2013)
Matt Cook (2014)
Richard Mathers (2015)
Nick Slyney (2015)
Wes Naiqama (2016)
Daniel Harrison (2017)
Jay Pitts (2018-)
Super League Founding Member