|Born||15 March 1991|
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (13 st 5 lb)|
As of 19 July 2019
Kurt Baptiste (born 15 March 1991) is a Papua New Guinean international rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker for the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL.
The Papua New Guinea national rugby league team represents Papua New Guinea in the sport of rugby league football.
Rugby league is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field measuring 68m wide and 112-122m long. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.
Hooker is one of the positions in a rugby league football team. Usually wearing jersey number 9, the hooker is one of the team's forwards. During scrums the hooker plays in the front row, and the position's name comes from their role of 'hooking' or 'raking' the ball back with the foot. For this reason the hooker is sometimes referred to as the rake.
He previously played for the Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League, and the Leigh Centurions in the Betfred Championship.
The Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Football Club Ltd., commonly referred to as the Broncos, are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the city of Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland. Founded in April 1988, the Broncos play in Australia's elite competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership. They have won six premierships,including two NSWRL titles, a Super League premiership and three NRL premierships. They also have two World Club Challenges. The Broncos have achieved four minor premierships during their 29 years in multiple competitions, making them Rugby League's most successful club over the past three decades. Until 2015, Brisbane had never been defeated in a grand final, and since 1991, have only failed to qualify for the finals twice. They are the most successful club in the National Rugby League, since it began in 1998, winning three premierships. It is also one of the most successful clubs in the history of rugby league, having won 62.5% of games played since its induction in 1988, second only to Melbourne Storm with 65.2%. Since the club's founding, Brisbane has never received the wooden spoon.
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Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Baptiste is of Papua New Guinean descent through his Samarai-born father Bevan.He played his junior rugby league for the Aspley Devils and attended Wavell State High School, where he represented the Australian Schoolboys in 2008, before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos.
Samarai is an island and former administrative capital in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
The Aspley Broncos are a rugby league club in Brisbane, Australia. Aspley competes in the FOGS Cup and FOGS Colts Challenge competitions. In 2007 they competed in the Queensland Cup as a feeder club to the Brisbane Broncos.
Wavell State High School is a coeducational independent public secondary school based in Wavell Heights, Queensland, Australia, a suburb of Brisbane. The school has a total enrolment of more than 1500 students from years 7-12, with an official count of 1570 students in 2017. Since 2006, the current role of the Principal of the School has been held by Jeff Major.
Baptiste played for the Broncos' NYC team from 2009 to 2011, scoring 28 tries in 67 games and being named at hooker in the 2011 NYC Team of the Year. –6 loss to New South Wales under-18.In 2009, he represented the Queensland under-18 team in their 24
The Queensland Under-18 rugby league team, also known as Queensland Under-18s or Queensland U18, represents Queensland in the sport of rugby league at an under-18 age level. Since 2008, the team has played an annual fixture against the New South Wales Under-18 team as a curtain raiser to a State of Origin game. The team features players selected from Queensland's premier under-18 rugby league competition, the Mal Meninga Cup. They are administered by the Queensland Rugby League.
In Round 12 of the 2011 NRL season, Baptiste made his NRL debut for the Broncos in their 34-10 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium. He scored the first try of his NRL career in the Broncos' Round 16, 16-12 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Perth, Western Australia. Baptiste only played 1 game for the Broncos in 2012, in the Broncos' 30-6 win over the Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium, spending much of the season playing for the Norths Devils, one of the Broncos' feeder teams, in the Queensland Cup.
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In 2012 and 2013, he played for the Queensland Residents against the New South Wales Residents.
On 18 November 2013, Baptiste signed a 1-year contract with the Canberra Raiders starting in 2014.On 3 September 2014, Baptiste re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract.
In 2016, Baptiste became a crucial member of the Raiders team, playing in 24 of their 27 matches. On 7 May 2016, he made his international debut for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the 2016 Melanesian Cup.
On 17 November 2016, Baptiste re-signed with the Raiders on a two-year deal.
In December 2016, Baptiste ruptured his Achilles during pre-season training, which saw him miss half of the 2017 NRL season.He returned in Round 14 of the 2017 season, playing just 11 games for the Raiders. In late 2017, he represented Papua New Guinea at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, playing four games.
On 18 December 2017, Baptiste joined English Championship club Leigh Centurions on a one-year deal.On 4 March 2018, after playing just one game for the club, he was granted a release from his contract due to personal and family reasons.
On 14 March 2018, Baptiste returned to Australia, signing a one-year deal with the Sydney Roosters. –14 win over Fiji. He made just 9 appearances for the Roosters during the 2018 NRL season, spending the majority of the season playing for their Intrust Super Premiership feeder club, the Wyong Roos.In June, he came off the interchange for Papua New Guinea in their 26
On 11 October 2018, Baptiste joined the North Queensland Cowboys on a one-year deal.
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Fellow Raider Kurt Baptiste will make his Kumuls debut on Saturday. His Papua New Guinean heritage comes from his father, Bevan, who was born on the island of Samarai and moved to Brisbane aged 14.
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