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Rob Purdham
Rob Purdham
(born 14 April 1980 in Egremont, Cumbria) is an English former professional rugby league footballer. An England
England
international representative loose forward, he previously played for Whitehaven
Whitehaven
and Harlequins. Purdham also operated as a stand-off, as a centre or in the second row. Purdham is a former captain of the England
England
national team, although this was during the period that Great Britain was seen as the top-tier international team for English players.

Contents

1 Early career 2 London
London
Broncos

2.1 London Broncos
London Broncos
(2002–2005) 2.2 Harlequins RL (2006–2011)

3 Representative career 4 Career highlights 5 Personal life 6 References 7 External links

Early career[edit] Purdham started his career in his hometown with amateur side Egremont Rangers. In February 1998, he played and scored a try in the club's 18–0 fourth round Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup
win against the professionals of Workington Town.[7] In 1999, he signed professional terms with Whitehaven
Whitehaven
in the Northern Ford Premiership.[8] During his three years at the club, he went on to make 55 appearances.[9] London
London
Broncos[edit] London Broncos
London Broncos
(2002–2005)[edit] Purdham joined London Broncos
London Broncos
in December 2001,[10] following his selection for the England
England
under-21 tour of South Africa, and an impressive start to the season with Whitehaven. He made his début for the Broncos in a Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup
game against Batley Bulldogs.[11] Harlequins RL (2006–2011)[edit]

Purdham in action for Harlequins

On 20 May 2006, Rob set a new Quins club record by scoring 34 points (2 tries, 13 goals) in Harlequins RL's 82–8 defeat of Barrow Raiders in the Challenge Cup. The 13 goals in itself surpassed the previous record of 12 held by Paul Sykes. In 2007, he was appointed the club's captain, replacing Mark McLinden.[12] In July 2011, Purdham announced he would be leaving Harlequins at the end of the season, and returning home to the family farm in Cumbria.[13] He made a total of 197 appearances for the club, five games less than the club's record appearance holder Steele Retchless. Although he initially showed interest in re-signing with former club Whitehaven, he announced his retirement from playing altogether following medical advice.[14] He played a total of 264 games during his professional career (252 appearances at club level, and 12 representative appearances).[9] Representative career[edit]

Purdham in action for England
England
in 2008

Purdham made his representative début in 2001 for England's under-21 team during their tour of South Africa, scoring two tries in a 112–6 win against the hosts.[15] In 2003, Purdham represented England
England
A, appearing twice during the 2003 European Nations Cup. England
England
coach Paul Cullen named Purdham as captain in his 20-man training squad for the 2006 Federation Shield
Federation Shield
tournament. Purdham lifted the trophy with a 32–14 victory over Tonga. In September 2008 he was named in the England
England
training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[16] and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man England
England
squad, making two appearances in the tournament.[17] Purdham also played twice for Cumbria. Career highlights[edit]

Junior Clubs: Egremont Rangers, Whitehaven First Grade Stats: 246 career games scoring 46 tries International Début: 22 October 2006 against France

Personal life[edit] Purdham's brother, Garry, who was also a rugby league player for Workington Town, died on 2 June 2010, south of Whitehaven, Cumbria, during a shooting spree in which a further 12 people were killed.[18] Purdham was given compassionate leave by his club to travel back to Cumbria
Cumbria
and has subsequently said that the positive response of the rugby league community has convinced him he was right not to give up his playing career following the tragedy.[19] References[edit]

^ "Harlequins Rugby League". web page. Harlequins Rugby League. 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2011.  ^ loverugbyleague ^ "Career Statistics". Robert Purdham Testimonial. Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ "Robert Purdham – Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ England
England
Statistics at englandrl.co.uk ^ Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk ^ Graham, Helen (5 January 2006). "1998: When Egremont nilled Workington Town". Whitehaven
Whitehaven
News. CN Group. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ Bose, Mihir (3 May 2011). "Pain of brother's loss won't stop Rob Purdham preaching rugby league gospel". London
London
Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ a b "Rob Purdham, former England
England
international, retires on medical advice with shoulder injury". Telegraph. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ de la Rivière, Richard (29 December 2010). "Rob Purdham". WordPress. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ "Barrow boys target Cup shock". BBC Sport. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ "Harlequins & Hull name skippers". BBC Sport. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ " Rob Purdham
Rob Purdham
to leave Harlequins and return to Cumbria". BBC Sport. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ " Cumbria
Cumbria
RL star Rob Purdham
Rob Purdham
forced to retire from pro game". News & Star. CN Group. 9 December 2011. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ "Turley Spearheads Young Guns' Rout". Leighrl.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2001. Retrieved 4 January 2015.  ^ "Myler gets England
England
call". England
England
Rugby League. 29 September 2008. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2008.  ^ "Purdham earns World Cup call-up". BBC. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008.  ^ Taylor, Matthew (2 June 2010). "Derrick Bird's brother was the first victim before random spree in Cumbria". London: The Times. Retrieved 3 June 2010.  ^ Riley, George (16 July 2010). "Purdham interview leaves its mark". BBC. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Harlequins RL Profile Purdo for England

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England
England
squad – 2008 Rugby League World Cup
2008 Rugby League World Cup
Semi Finalists

1 Burrow 2 Calderwood 3 Ellis 4 Fa'asavalu 5 Gardner 6 Gleeson 7 Graham 8 Higham 9 Hock 10 Jones-Buchanan 11 Langley 12 McGuire 13 Morley 14 Peacock (c) 15 Pryce 16 Purdham 17 Roby 18 Senior 19 Sinfield 20 L. Smith 21 Sykes 22 Wellens 23 Westwood 24 Wilkin Coach: T. Smith

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London
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Broncos

Established 1980 in London, England

The Club

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Home grounds

Craven Cottage Crystal Palace National Sports Centre Chiswick Polytechnic Sports Ground Barnet Copthall The Valley Griffin Park The Stoop The Hive Trailfinders Sports Ground

Hall of Fame

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

League

Championship

Honours

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

Seasons

1980/81 1981/82 1982/83 1983/84 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87 1987/88 1988/89 1989/90 1990/91 1991/92 1992/93 1993/94 1994/95 1995/96 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Coaches

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
(2018-)

Captains

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
(2018-)

Culture

Super League
Super League
Founding Member

Affiliation

Rugby Foot

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