Maurice Blair

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Maurice Blair
Maurice Blair.jpg
Blair (centre) with Hull Kingston Rovers in 2017
Personal information
Full name Maurice Blair
Born (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 34)
Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Second-row, Centre, Stand-off
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–10 Penrith Panthers 48 10 0 0 40
2011–13 Melbourne Storm 36 13 1 0 54
2014 Gold Coast Titans 15 0 0 0 0
2015– Hull Kingston Rovers 117 21 1 0 86
Total 216 44 2 0 180
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 Indigenous All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 5 November 2018

Maurice “Bobby” Blair (born 16 October 1984) is an Indigenous Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays in the second-row for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. He has previously played for the Gold Coast Titans, Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League.

Background

Blair was born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.

Playing career

Early career

Blair played his junior football with the Maryborough Rovers, before signing with the Souths Logan Magpies.

Playing positions

He primarily plays in the second-row, but he can also play as a centre and stand-off.

Senior career

Penrith Panthers (2007-10)

He made his début in round 15 of the 2007 NRL season, playing for the Penrith Panthers against the New Zealand Warriors.

Melbourne Storm (2011-13)

Blair signed for the Melbourne Storm for the 2011 season.[7]

He made his début for the Storm against the Brisbane Broncos later in the same season.

Gold Coast Titans (2014)

Blair spent the 2014 NRL season at the Gold Coast Titans.

Hull Kingston Rovers (2015 - present)

On the 18 October 2014, Blair was released from the Gold Coast Titans, to sign a two-year contract with Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers.

Making his Hull KR début on the 8 February 2015.

He represented the club in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final.

Maurice was named Hull Kingston Rovers' 'Player of the Year' in the 2016 season.

Blair suffered relegation from the Super League with Hull KR in the 2016 season, due to losing the Million Pound Game at the hands of the Salford Red Devils.

12-months later however, Blair was part of the Hull Kingston Rovers' side that won promotion back to the Super League, at the first time of asking following relegation the season prior.

During the 2018 season, Maurice surpassed the 100th game-mark milestone for the east Hull outfit.

Representative career

Indigenous All Stars (2008)

Blair was honoured in 2008, the Centenary Season of rugby league, playing at centre for the Indigenous All Stars.

Who subsequently defeated the New Zealand Māori 34-26, at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Opening Ceremony.

Blair training with the Indigenous All Stars in 2008.

Honours

Career Awards and Accolades

Club (Hull Kingston Rovers 2015 - present)

References

  1. ^ a b "Maurice Blair Hull Kingston Rovers". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  2. ^ loverugbyleague
  3. ^ NRL Stats[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ League Central
  5. ^ RLP
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Storm recruit Lowe, Blair". ABC News (Australia). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.

External links

  • Hull KR profile
  • Penrith Panthers profile
  • SL profile
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