The Info List - Mark McLinden

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Mark McLinden
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 in the Super League
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 the Queensland Reds
Queensland Reds
in Super Rugby.


1 Early years 2 Rugby league
Rugby league

2.1 Super League

3 Rugby union
Rugby union
career 4 Animalates 5 References 6 Video Links 7 External links

Early years[edit] 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.[4] Rugby league
Rugby league
career[edit] 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,[5] and later won the Raiders' player of the year award.[citation needed] He also received representative honours with selection for the Australian Junior Kangaroos
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 Canberra
Raiders, McLinden made 165 appearances, featuring in 5 play-off series. Super League[edit]

McLinden in action for Harlequins RL

McLinden signed for the London Broncos
London Broncos
in November 2004[6] and was appointed team captain following on from Jim Dymock.[6] During 2005's Super League
Super League
X, his first in Super League, Mark showed his versatility by appearing at hooker, half back and full back. In 2006's Super League
Super League
XI, with his club now operating as Harlequins RL, Mark was the club's leading Super League
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.[7] McLinden had played much of his career at half-back, and with the arrival of Great Britain international full-back Chris Melling
Chris Melling
at the London
club he played several games of 2007's Super League
Super League
XII in the halves. 2007's Super League
Super League
XII saw McLinden return from injury. However, he was replaced as captain by England
international Rob Purdham.[8] 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
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.[9] Rugby union
Rugby union
career[edit] 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.[citation needed] Animalates[edit] 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.[10] References[edit]

^ RLP ^ SL Stats ^ nrlstats.com ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  ^ Harlow, Phil (2005-09-12). "From Canberra
to Brentford". BBC. Retrieved 2007-07-31.  ^ a b "Broncos sign Raiders scrum-half". BBC. 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2007-07-31.  ^ "Harlequins suffer triple setback". BBC. 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2007-07-31.  ^ "Harlequins & Hull name skippers". BBC. 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2007-07-31.  ^ "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

Video Links[edit]

BBC Video

External links[edit]

"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

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Hall of Fame

Reg Bowden Peter Gill Tony Gourley Mark Johnson Hussein M'Barki Martin Offiah Rob Purdham Tony Rea Steele Retchless Scott Roskell




1982-83 Rugby Football League Championship Second Division Champions Super League
Super League
II runners-up 1999 Challenge Cup runners-up


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Reg Bowden Ross Strudwick Tony Currie (1996–1998) Dan Stains (1999) Tony Rea
Tony Rea
/ Les Kiss (1999) John Monie (2000) Tony Rea
Tony Rea
(2000–2006) Brian McDermott (2006-2010) Rob Powell
Rob Powell
(2011-2012) Tony Rea
Tony Rea
(2012-2014) Joey Grima (2014-2015) Andrew Henderson (2015-2017) Danny Ward
Danny Ward


Mark McLinden
Mark McLinden
(2005) Rob Purdham
Rob Purdham
(2006–2011) Craig Gower
Craig Gower
(2012-2013) Tony Clubb
Tony Clubb
(2013) Antonio Kaufusi
Antonio Kaufusi
(2013) Matt Cook (2014) Richard Mathers
Richard Mathers
(2015) Nick Slyney
Nick Slyney
(2015) Wes Naiqama
Wes Naiqama
(2016) Daniel Harrison (2017) Jay Pitts
Jay Pitts


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Super League
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