Tony Clubb (born 12 June 1987) is an English professional rugby league
footballer who currently plays for
Wigan Warriors in the Super League.
He is a
London Broncos club-trained player having featured in the
first team from 2006 until 2013.
Clubb has played for
Wigan Warriors from 2014 onwards.
London Rugby League
3 Career Statistics
England Rugby League
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Clubb while playing for Harlequins in 2008
London Rugby League
Tony Clubb began playing Rugby League for Greenwich Admirals where he
played alongside the likes of Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Dave Williams
and Mike Worrincy who also joined the
London Broncos Academy and went
on to play in the first team.
His first team début for what was intially named Harlequins RL came
in a home fixture against the
Bradford Bulls on 18 February 2006.
Clubb was also selected to play for the Harlequins rugby union side in
Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham Stadium. He was, however, unable
to play as he was called back for Harlequins RL to replace the
unavailable Paul Sykes in the match against Wigan Warriors.
He was regarded as an outside back in
London and played mainly as a
Centre and occasionally as a winger and represented his country in
this position between 2008 and 2010. After this, he became heavier and
his agility decreased and he started to play as an interchange forward
but was not seen as international standard, so his international
career was unknowingly ended by his change of positions.
He played more than 150 games for Harlequins RL and
London Broncos in
all competitions, eventually becoming the Captain, though by that time
he was already seeking to leave the club.
In 2013, the team now known as
London Broncos had serious financial
problems and the Wigan Warriors took full advantage of the
situation. They approached both the former
England international Clubb
despite him still having a contract, plus signed the out-of-contract
England Knights half-back Dan Sarginson.
London Broncos received a
nominal fee for two of the best three club trained players they had
ever produced and the next season was their last in Super League.
Clubb was a utility player perceived by some Wigan supporters as an
outside back due to his international appearances but by the manager
as a squad man who could play as a forward. He was on the bench 14
times, made 9 starts and was omitted from the squad for the other
games. By the end of end of the season he was mainly used as an
interchange prop. He also scored seven tries including a brace against
his former side
London Broncos. He helped Wigan to the Super League
Grand Final but was a losing finalist as Wigan lost against St Helens
in a game infamous for
Ben Flower knocking Lance Hohaia unconscious
then continuing to attack him leading to a red card in the 3rd minute
of the match. Ironically his long term friend Louis
McCarthy-Scarsbrook was on the winning side.
Clubb was moved permanently to the front row at the start of the new
Super League season after expressing his desire to play at prop.
Clubb made 26 appearances scoring tries against Wakefield Trinity and
Warrington Wolves. In late May he signed a new deal just 18 months
into his original 4 year contract due to his impressive performances
and also the fact that his original deal did not really reflect his
ability. Clubb made his second appearance at Old Trafford in the
Super League Grand Final and again did not win the Grand Final, losing
out to Leeds Rhinos 22-20.
Clubb started the season impressively making 15 appearances and
scoring one try before an illegal crusher tackle against Hull FC saw
him requiring surgery. Due to the crusher tackle he did not play for
another nine months meaning he was not part of the squad that won the
Super League Grand Final against Warrington, thus he has still
not been on the winning side at Old Trafford depite Wigan's three
visits in three years.
After nine months out he made his comeback against Salford Red Devils
in Round 1 of Super League. He played an important role against
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks helping Wigan to win the World Club
Challenge for a record breaking fourth time. His early season form was
not overly impressive and after he withdrew early against Castleford
Tigers it was announced that he was to have surgery to remove a kidney
which had been troubling him. Incredibly just two months later he made
his comeback against Widnes Vikings helping Wigan to a 28-12 victory.
He played an important role in the narrow Challenge Cup final loss,
his controversially disallowed try the reason Hull FC claimed the
trophy. Hull coach Lee Radford said after the game "I honestly thought
that was a try for Tony Clubb". After the ball was stolen from
Clubb he grounded the ball however the video referee deemed he had
lost control of the ball therefore had knocked on. The controversy
increased a week later when St Helens were awarded a similar try
against Wigan in the Super League. In total Clubb played 22 times
scoring one try for a feeble Wigan outfit which finished in the bottom
half of the table.
In the 2018 season,
Wigan Warriors released eight players including
stars like McIlorum and Gelling but made only two signings. This saw
many players handed a lower number than before and Clubb was handed
the number 8 shirt after Wigan released Frank-Paul Nu'uausala. This
was the first time since his days at
London Broncos that Clubb was
perceived as being in the starting line-up.
England Rugby League
Clubb has pre viously been selected in the
England training squad for
the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
He has been selected for the team to face Wales at the Keepmoat
Stadium prior to England's departure for the 2008 Rugby League World
He made his
England début in the victory over Wales on 10 October
On 6 November 2010 he became the tenth ever
England Rugby League
player to score 4 tries in an international fixture. This was achieved
in England's 36–10 win over Papua New Guinea in their final game of
2010 Four Nations
2010 Four Nations tournament.
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Wigan Warriors profile
(archived by web.archive.org) Quins RL profile
Wigan Warriors – current squad
1 S. Tomkins
2 T. Davies
11 J. Tomkins
33 M. Davies
Wigan Warriors squad -
2017 World Club Challenge winners
22. Morgan Escaré
21. Lewis Tierney
3. Anthony Gelling
4. Oliver Gildart
5. Joe Burgess
6. George Williams
7. Thomas Leuluai
8. Frank-Paul Nu'uausala
16. Sam Powell
10. Ben Flower
14. John Bateman
12. Liam Farrell
Sean O'Loughlin (c)
11. Joel Tomkins
15. Tony Clubb
17. Taulima Tautai
19. Ryan Sutton
Coach: Shaun Wane
England squad – 2010 Rugby League Four Nations
Established 1980 in London, England
International representative players
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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-)
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