Nathan Cayless

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Nathan Cayless
Nathan Cayless Wentworthville.jpg
Personal information
Full name Nathan Frederick Cayless
Born (1978-03-28) 28 March 1978 (age 40)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 9 lb)
Position Prop

Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997–10 Parramatta Eels 259 28 0 1 113
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–08 New Zealand 39 3 0 0 12
Source: [1]

Nathan Frederick Cayless (born 28 March 1978 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a New Zealand-Australian former professional rugby league footballer of Maori descent, who was a long-time captain for the Parramatta Eels of the National Rugby League. His position of choice was prop forward. He is also a former captain of the New Zealand national team, whom he led to World Cup glory against Australia in 2008. He is the older brother of fellow New Zealand international Jason Cayless. Cayless is the current coach for Intrust Super Premiership NSW side The Wentworthville Magpies.[2]


While attending Parramatta Marist High School, Nathan played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1995 and 1996.[3] However, he later chose to represent New Zealand at senior level.

Playing career

Cayless representing Parramatta

Parramatta Eels

With the Eels, he holds the record for the most games as captain of any team in the NRL. Cayless was never a prolific try-scorer; the most he ever scored in a season was 5. He also endured a scoring drought spanning over 80 games in his last several NRL seasons. In the final game of his career, Cayless finally brought the drought to an end, touching down in front of his home crowd. He also kicked a Field Goal in 2008 against the Newcastle Knights to send the match into extra time. Luke Burt then kicked the winning Field Goal.

New Zealand

Cayless was selected for the New Zealand team to compete in the end of season 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played from the interchange bench in the Kiwis' 22-20 loss. Cayless was part of the Kiwis squad for the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, in which they reached the final.

Cayless was selected to play for the New Zealand national team as a prop forward in the 2007 ANZAC Test loss against Australia.[4]

Cayless captained New Zealand to victory in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Cayless became one of the New Zealand Kiwis' most-capped players, having appeared on 38 occasions by April 2009 when he retired from international rugby league, stating that he wanted to focus the rest of his football career on the Eels.[5]


  • Junior Club: Wentworthville Magpies
  • Career Stats: 259 career games to date scoring 28 tries, 1 Field Goal
  • National: 38 tests for New Zealand. World Cup winning captain 2008.
  • Most capped Captain in the NRL: 217 Games captained.


  1. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
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  3. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  4. ^ "Anzac Test Match 2007". Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  5. ^ "New Zealand skipper Nathan Cayless quits representative rugby league". Fox Sports. 2009-04-24. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
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