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Matt Duffie

Matt Duffie
Duffie while playing for Melbourne in 2010
Personal information
Full name Matthew Duffie
Born (1990-08-16) 16 August 1990 (age 23)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 97 kg (15 st 4 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre, Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010– Melbourne Storm 53 33 1 0 134
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011– New Zealand 1 1 0 0 4
Source: NRL Stats

Matthew Duffie is a professional rugby league footballer for the Melbourne Storm of the National Rugby League (NRL). He was a part of the Melbourne Storm Under 20's Premiership winning team in 2009, scoring 25 tries. On 1 May Duffie was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis for the 2011 ANZAC Test.

Early life

Duffie attended Saint Kentigern College in Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand, where he was a part of the school's First XV, playing at fullback.[1][2] He also excelled at athletics, making the national finals of the 200m, 400m and high jump. He graduated his final year in 2008.

In his younger years, he played for junior clubs the Kaiapoi Bulldogs and the Pakuranga Jaguars.[3] He is the first Kaiapoi (now Northern) Bulldogs junior to be selected for the New Zealand Kiwis.[4]

As a 16 year old Duffie also played senior Australian rules football earning selection in the New Zealand national team, after which he was invited to an Australian Football League training camp.[5]

Rugby league career

Melbourne Storm scout Darren Bell discovered Duffie playing rugby union and offered him a scholarship. He moved to Melbourne at the end of 2008 and developed rapidly in their professional program.[3]

Duffie made his first-team debut against Harlequins RL at the Twickenham Stoop in the World City Challenge in 2010.[6]

He scored two tries in his NRL debut in round seven of the 2010 season.[7] and ended the year with a tally of 8 from 14 games played.[8]

That year he was named the Melbourne Storm rookie of the year.[9]

Duffie played a major part in the Storm's comeback in 2011 scoring 12 tries in his 18 games played.[8] He underwent shoulder reconstruction surgery in October of that year.[10]

In April 2011 Duffie signed a three-year extension to his contract with the Storm, taking him to the end of the 2014 season.[11]

In 2012 he scored 10 tries in the 17 games he played.[12] In the Storm's round 19 match against the North Queensland Cowboys he suffered another shoulder dislocation injury, to the same shoulder (left) as in 2011, which turned out to be season-ending.[13]

References

External links

  • NRL Stats
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