Ryley Jacks

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Ryley Jacks
Riley Jacks.jpg
Jacks playing for the Roosters in 2012.
Personal information
Born (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 26)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia[1]
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Halfback, Hooker

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017–18 Melbourne Storm 25 6 0 0 24
2019– Gold Coast Titans 0 0 0 0 0
Total 25 6 0 0 24
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015 Canada 2 4 0 0 16
As of 22 September 2018
Source: [2]

Ryley Jacks (born 2 June 1992) is a Canadian international rugby league footballer who plays for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League. Jacks primarily plays as a Halfback, but can also fill in at Five-eighth and Hooker.

Early life

Jacks was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He is of Canadian descent.

His parents Terry and Donna both captained Australia in Touch Football, and Terry played A grade for Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club in the Queensland Rugby Union A grade competition.[citation needed] Ryley attended St Laurence's College in South Brisbane where he was named Sportsman of the Year in 2009.[3]

Playing career

Jacks played for the Sydney Roosters' National Youth Competition team in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he played for the Newtown Jets, the Roosters' feeder team, in the New South Wales Cup.[1]

After starting the 2014 season with the Easts Tigers in the Queensland Cup,[1] Jacks signed with the Gold Coast Titans in March to play for their feeder team, the Burleigh Bears, also in the Queensland Cup.[4]

Eligible via his Toronto-born father, Jacks was selected to represent Canada in their 2017 World Cup qualifying campaign in December 2015 alongside his brother Rhys.[5] He scored 1 try in their match against Jamaica, and 3 tries against the United States.

In 2016, Jacks played for the Sunshine Coast Falcons, a feeder team of the Melbourne Storm, in the Queensland Cup.[6] With 19 tries for the season, he was awarded the James Ackerman Medal as the Falcons' player of the year.[7][8]

In September 2016, Jacks signed a one-year deal with the Melbourne Storm for the 2017 season.[3][9] In February 2017, he was a member of the Storm's 18-man squad for the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines.[10] Jacks made his NRL debut in round 1 of the 2017 season, against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on 3 March.[11] In June 2017, Jacks extended his contract with the Storm until the end of 2018.[12] Often acting as injury cover for the Storm throughout the 2017 season, Jacks spent much of the year playing for the Sunshine Coast Falcons. In his 12 matches for the Storm, he was described statistically as the best defensive five-eighth in the NRL.[13] for the 2019 season, Jacks signed on with Gold Coast Titans for 2 seasons.

References

  1. ^ a b c Badel, Peter (27 February 2014). "Former Roosters playmaker Ryley Jacks is on Souths radar as a replacement for Luke Keary". news.com.au. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Ryley Jacks - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project.
  3. ^ a b Nolan, Alex (23 September 2016). "Coast halfback set to join NRL powerhouse in 2017". Northern Star. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  4. ^ Badel, Peter (25 March 2014). "Ryley Jacks believes he is NRL-ready and can help ease Gold Coast's injury woes". Courier-Mail. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  5. ^ Cormack, Michael (29 November 2015). "Souths Logan's Rhys Jacks to debut with brother Ryley for Canadian rugby league side". Courier Mail. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. ^ "High hopes for halfback to lead Falcons to finals". Sunshine Coast Daily. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  7. ^ Taylor, Steele (7 October 2016). "Jacks crowned player of the year at Sunshine Coast Falcons". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Jacks stars at Falcons awards". QRL.com.au. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Meet Canadian international who will succeed Cronk". Rugby League Week. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Storm announce 2017 Auckland Nines squad". melbournestorm.com.au. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  11. ^ Badel, Peter (2 March 2017). "Brisbane carpenter Ryley Jacks to debut for Melbourne Storm against Canterbury Bulldogs". Courier Mail. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Jacks re-signs with Storm". melbournestorm.com.au. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  13. ^ Webeck, Tony (23 September 2017). "Jacks exhibiting Cronk-like control over Falcons". NRL.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.

External links

  • Melbourne Storm profile
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