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Ryan Hall (rugby league)

Ryan Hall
Hall while playing for England at the 2013 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Ryan Lee Hall
Born (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987
Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 16 st 7 lb (105 kg) [1]
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007– Leeds Rhinos 216 174 0 0 696
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009– England 23 24 0 0 96
As of 8 November 2014

Ryan Hall (born 27 November 1987) is an English professional rugby league player for Leeds of Super League. An England international representative winger, he has played his entire professional career to date with Leeds, having won the 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012 Super League Grand Finals with them. In 2014 he was part of the Leeds team that won the Challenge Cup and was the winner of the Lance Todd Trophy.

Biography

Hall joined the Leeds Academy in 2006 after being spotted playing for amateur club the Oulton Raiders by former Leeds coach John Daly. Daly contacted the then Academy boss John Bastian, who quickly invited Hall to the club for trials. He made eight appearances for the Junior Academy team in his debut season, before quickly being selected for the Senior Academy team. He made eleven appearances for the Senior Academy team & scored three tries, including the Senior Academy Grand Final victory over Hull.

Professional playing career

2000s

Hall made his Super League début coming off the bench at the 2007 Millennium Magic weekend at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in the controversial 42-38 victory over Bradford. Hall made his first start a fortnight later in the defeat at Hull & went on to make nine first team appearances in 2007, scoring three tries. He was not selected for Leeds 33-6 2007 Super League Grand Final victory against St Helens though.

In 2008, Hall made sixteen appearances & scored nine tries, including a try in the 24-16 2008 Super League Grand Final victory, again against St Helens.

In 2009, Hall became a regular in Leeds' first team as the team went on to win their third Grand Final in a row, 18-10, again against St Helens. Hall ended 2009 as the season's top try-scorer, with 31 tries in just 30 games in all competitions. He was named Young Player of the Year, as well as runner-up in the Player of the Year award. Hall received the Rugby League International Federation's Rookie of the Year award for 2009.[2]

2010s

In 2010, Hall scored 31 tries in 33 appearances & was named in the Super League Dream Team for the second year in a row and featured in the 2010 World Club Challenge and 2010 Challenge Cup Final for Leeds.

He earned a place in the England squad for the 2010 Four Nations tournament and although injury ruled him out of the first Test against New Zealand, he returned for the final game against Papua New Guinea. He also represented England in their 60-6 win over France.

Hall played on the wing for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup final, scoring two tries in the loss to Wigan.

Hall was also selected for the 2011 Four Nations, scoring 2 tries against Australia at Wembley in a 20-36 loss.

On 17 February 2012 Hall confirmed his standing as one of the premier wingers in rugby league when he scored 2 tries - including an 95-metre intercept try - and was named man-of-the-match in Leeds' 26-12 defeat of Australian champions, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 2012 World Club Challenge played at the home venue of the Rhinos, Headingley Carnegie Stadium.[3] Throughout the year he showed outstanding form, which earnt him the award of being named the 'World's Best Winger'.[4]

In 2013, Ryan was selected to help England's causes in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. He was one of the best players in the Tournament, earning himself a place on the wing in the RLIF team of the year. He scored 8 tries in 5 matches for England. He has now scored 21 tries in 20 games for England.

In 2014, Ryan signed a new five-year deal for the Leeds Rhinos. In the 2014 Challenge Cup final, Hall scored two tries as Leeds beat Castleford 23–10 and was voted the winner of the Lance Todd Trophy.[5]

In November 2014, Hall played in the 2014 Four Nations. He was England's top try scorer in the tournament, scoring 3 tries. He scored his 5th try in 4 test matches against Australia, and he scored a double against New Zealand.

Honours

References

  1. ^ "Leeds Rhinos Players & Coaches 1st Team". web page. Leeds Rhinos. 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Awards".  
  3. ^ Mascord, Steve (19 February 2012). "Rhinos trample Wolfman in his comeback game".  
  4. ^ trevor Baxter (23 October 2012). "Great Hall's on fire: Ryan's named the game's best winger - now for the World Cup!".  
  5. ^ "Challenge Cup final: Castleford Tigers 10-23 Leeds Rhinos". BBC Sport. 23 August 2014. 

External links

  • Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  • England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  • Rhinos Player Profile
  • Bradford 38 - 42 Leeds
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