Luke Page

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Luke Page
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Page playing for the Mount Pritchard Mounties in 2015.
Personal information
Born (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 27)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015 St. George Illawarra 1 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015–17 Papua New Guinea 7 0 0 0 0
As of 31 January 2018
Source: [1]

Luke Page (born 12 January 1991) is a Papua New Guinea international rugby league footballer who plays for the Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup. Primarily playing as a prop, Page has played one National Rugby League match in his career, for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in 2015. Nicknamed the 'White Kumul', he has represented the Papua New Guinean national team, and was a member of their 2017 World Cup squad.

Background

Page was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

He played his junior rugby league for the Centenary Panthers, before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos.[2] He is eligible to represent Papua New Guinea as his father and paternal grandfather were born and raised there after his great-grandparents established a firearm business in Port Moresby.[3][4]

Playing career

Early career

Page joined the Gold Coast Titans and played for their NYC team between 2009 and 2011.[5] At the end of the 2011 season, he won the Titans' NYC Player of the Year award.[6] In 2012, he moved on to the Titans' Queensland Cup team, Ipswich Jets.[2][7] In 2013, he joined the Burleigh Bears.[8]

In May 2014, he joined the Canberra Raiders effective immediately until the end of 2015.[6][9] He played the remainder of the season with Canberra's affiliate club, the Souths Logan Magpies, in the Queensland Cup. He represented the Queensland Residents against the New South Wales Residents on 9 July,[10] and won the 2014 Queensland Cup Player of the Year award at the end of the season.[11]

2015

Page began the 2015 season playing for Canberra's feeder club, the Mount Pritchard Mounties, in the New South Wales Cup. In April, he gained wide-spread recognition after the Mounties uploaded a highlights package of him to their YouTube account, playing against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. It attracted more than 200,000 hits online.[12] On 2 May, he played for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the 2015 Melanesian Cup.[13] On 1 July, he joined the St. George Illawarra Dragons mid-season effective immediately for the rest of the year.[14] In Round 17 of the 2015 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the North Queensland Cowboys.[15][16] On 27 September, he was named at prop in the 2015 New South Wales Cup Team of the Year, having finished the season with the Dragons' feeder club, the Illawarra Cutters.[17]

2016

In 2016, Page returned to the Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup, after failing to gain a new contract with the Dragons.[18] On 7 May, he played for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the 2016 Melanesian Cup.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Luke Page - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project.
  2. ^ a b "Ipswich talent on way to NRL future". Ipswich Queensland Times.
  3. ^ "Canberra Raiders prop Luke Page turns down Big Mal to kickstart NRL career". Smh.com.au. 2014-09-20. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  4. ^ "Luke Page: The story behind 'The White Kumul'". QRL.com.au. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  5. ^ "P". NYC DATABASE.
  6. ^ a b "Former Titan Luke Page given a second shot at the NRL signing with Canberra Raiders". GoldCoastBulletin.
  7. ^ "Jets look for new NRL club". Ipswich Queensland Times.
  8. ^ "2013 Player Gains & Losses (Updated)". QRL.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  9. ^ "New recruit Luke Page arrives at Raiders HQ". Raiders.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  10. ^ "VB NSW Cup Rep Team go down to QLD Residents". NSWRL.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  11. ^ "Luke Page Wins Queensland Cup Player of the Year". Raiders.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  12. ^ "Rivals circle Luke Page as Canberra Raiders sign English international Elliott Whitehead". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  13. ^ "Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  14. ^ "Add Depth To Squad". Dragons.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  15. ^ "NRL 2015 - Round 17". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  16. ^ "Late Mail: Round 17 v North Queensland Cowboys". Dragons.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  17. ^ "2015 VB NSW Cup Team of the Year". NSWRL. 27 September 2015. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  18. ^ NRL. "Burleigh Bears Gains and Losses". QRL. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  19. ^ "PNG stuns Fiji in a thriller". nrl.com. Retrieved 7 May 2016.

External links

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons profile
  • 2017 RLWC profile
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