Garry Lo

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Garry Lo
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Personal information
Born (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 24)
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–12 Mount Hagen Eagles 50 18 0 0 72
2013 Port Moresby Vipers 16 13 0 0 50
2014–15 PNG Hunters 21 24 0 0 96
2016–17 Sheffield Eagles 46 50 0 0 200
2018 Castleford Tigers 1 1 0 0 4
2018(loan) Sheffield Eagles 6 4 0 0 16
Total 140 110 0 0 438
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–17 Papua New Guinea 5 4 0 0 16
As of 21 April 2018
Source: [1][2][3]

Garry Lo (born 1 November 1993) is a Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer who previously played for the Castleford Tigers in the Super League and the Sheffield Eagles in the championship. Lo plays as a winger. He is also a Papua New Guinea international.

He has represented Papua New Guinea in the Prime Minister's XIII game between Australia and PNG in 2014 and the one off match between Tonga and PNG Kumuls in Lae

Early years

Born in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, Lo played junior rugby league in local rugby league clubs and then played for Gomis Panthers RLFC in Mount Hagen.

Playing career

2011

Mount Hagen Eagles, a local rugby league club in the Digicel Cup, had him in a train and trial in the off-season and he eventually earned a spot in the wing and centres, he played with Mount Hagen Eagles for an other season in 2012.

2013

Due to study commitments at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, he left Mount Hagen Eagles and was signed by Port Moresby Vipers, where he played for the rest of 2013 season when Port Moresby Vipers won the 2013 Digicel Cup premiership.

PNG Hunters

In their début season in the Queensland Cup, a second tier competition in Australia, PNG Hunters selected Lo among other emerging players. He impressed the rugby league fans in Queensland, Australia and Papua New Guinea with his speed and power on the flanks and was dubbed as a try-scoring machine and 'mini Matt Utai'. In 2014, he was awarded the top try scorer award in the Queensland Cup for his season's total of 24 tries.

During the 2014 off-season, Garry left for Gateshead Thunder in England with his club-mate Jason Tali, and Mark Mexico joining from NRL club Sutherland Sharks, which made the headlines in the local news. A controversial signing in which Stanley Gene was criticized for player grabbing.

But in a twist, he left England and came back to Papua New Guinea and apologized to the Hunters team for the wrong decision he made to leave them. However, the PNG Hunters made it very clear that there would be no fast return for the Kumuls winger, as he seeks to rejoin the team for the 2015 Queensland Cup

Lo then announced that he would join his original club, Mount Hagen Eagles in the Digicel Cup in 2015, where he was appointed captain.

Just before the Digicel Cup kick off, PNG Hunters Coach, Michael Marum, named Garry Lo in round 6 in an extended 21 player team to take on the inform Mackay Cutters, after poor performance and injuries to strike players for PNG Hunters.

Sheffield Eagles

Lo then brought his career back to England by joining Championship side Sheffield Eagles, again along with fellow countryman Mark Mexico. Here he became noticed for pitch-length runs, often resulting in a try. He scored more tries than games played with a 46/50 games/tries record. This resulted in 200 points scored for the Eagles in just two seasons.

Castleford Tigers

Lo signed a two-year deal with Super League side Castleford Tigers on 22 September 2017 with a deal with the Sheffield Eagles that is on loan. This gives both clubs the option of playing him when he doesn't play for his parent club.[4]The Papua New Guinean scored on his Super League debut in a 28-12 loss to Wigan.

International career

Garry Lo has played five times for his country, scoring four tries so far. He was named in the Papua New Guinea national team for the 2017 World Cup after an impressive season in England. His World Cup exploits were impressive too, as he scored twice against Ireland and England.

Police Inquiry

In April 2018 Castleford stood down Lo as he 'voluntarily assisted a police inquiry', but neither the club nor West Yorkshire Police would disclose any further information.[5]

References

  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ http://hunters.pngfacts.com/player-profile.html
  4. ^ "Garry Lo: Castleford Tigers sign Sheffield Eagles winger on two-year deal". BBC Sport. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Castleford Tigers winger 'assisting police inquiry'". BBC Sport. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 

External links

  • Castleford Tigers profile
  • 2017 RLWC profile
  • SL profile
  • Intrust Super Cup
  • PNG Hunters
  • Gary Lo returns to PNG, apologizes to the Hunters Team
  • Gateshead sign Gary Lo and three other PNG stars
  • PNG players embroiled in contract dispute
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