Tim Jonkers

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Tim Jonkers
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Personal information
Born (1981-07-03) 3 July 1981 (age 37)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing information
Height 6 ft 1 in (186 cm)
Weight 15 st 2 lb (96 kg)
Position Second-row

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–04 St. Helens 122 78
2004–06 Salford City Reds
2006 Wigan Warriors 4 0
2006–07 Leigh Centurions
Total 126 0 0 0 78
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–07 Ireland
Lancashire
Source: [1]

Tim Jonkers (born 3 July 1981) is a former Irish international rugby league footballer. A second-row forward, he played his club football with St Helens, with whom he had Challenge Cup and Super League grand final success, as well as Wigan, Salford and Leigh.

Background

Jonkers was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

He moved to St. Helens at the age of six and was educated at Cowley High School.[2] He began playing rugby at the local Blackbrook A.R.L.F.C., and was snapped up inevitably by St. Helens where he was hailed as one of Saints' brightest young hopes. Tim had two children after leaving his rugby career. Alex Jonkers and Charlie Jonkers.

He had 4 aunts until one died in 2012. His aunts are: Carmel, Mary and Angela. He has a brother, Martin Jonkers with a nephew, James Jonkers and a new born baby niece Imogen Jonkers. He has 5 cousins, Keith Rogan, Angla Rogan, Rebecca Lee, Roisin Lee and Jack Rogan.

Playing career

Jonkers played for St. Helens at second-row forward and scored a try in their 2000 Super League Grand Final victory over Wigan. As Super League V champions, St. Helens played against 2000 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos in the 2001 World Club Challenge. Jonkers played from the interchange bench in Saints' victory. He became a regular for many years at Saints and there are few players in Super League that can brandish as much silverware as Jonkers since the formation of the summer era. Jonkers played for St. Helens at second-row forward in their 2002 Super League Grand Final victory against Bradford Bulls. Having won Super League VI, St Helens contested the 2003 World Club Challenge against 2002 NRL Premiers, the Sydney Roosters. Jonkers played from the interchange bench in Saints' 38–0 loss.

Jonkers' career at Knowsley Road fizzled out in 2004 mainly due to injury. Jonkers found it tough to gain his place back in the team and subsequently joined Salford on loan, before completing a permanent deal in 2005. A recurrence of an injury to his knee, meant that Jonkers was forced to sit out most of his first season, and in March 2006, with first team opportunities scarce, he accepted a one-month loan deal with Wigan to play under his former boss Ian Millward. On his return to Salford, Leigh quickly stepped in to take Jonkers on loan till the end of the season. Yet again though, Jonkers' luck deserted him and a knee ligament injury ruled him out for several months. Jonkers signed a permanent deal with Leigh for the 2007 season in November 2006. The injury persisted though and Jonkers announced his retirement from the game on 11 June 2007.

References

  1. ^ Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ Saints Heritage Society. Saints.org.uk. Retrieved on 3 July 2016.

External links

  • Saints Heritage Society
  • (archived by web.archive.org) Tim Jonkers Salford Profile
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