Kurt Baptiste

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Kurt Baptiste
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Personal information
Born (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 (age 28)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker, Lock
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2011–12 Brisbane Broncos 51004
2014–17 Canberra Raiders 5650020
2018 Leigh Centurions 10000
2018 Sydney Roosters 90000
2019– North Qld Cowboys 90000
Total8060024
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2016– Papua New Guinea 60000
As of 19 July 2019
Source: [1] [2]

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 Full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field

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 (rugby league)

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.

Contents

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.

Brisbane Broncos rugby league football club

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.

Canberra Raiders rugby league football club

The Canberra Raiders are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the national capital city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. They have competed in Australasia's elite rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership since 1982. Over this period the club has won 3 premierships,, received 1 wooden spoon and had a total of 15 of its players selected to don the green and gold for Australia national rugby league team. The Raiders' current home ground is Canberra Stadium in Bruce, Australian Capital Territory. Previously, the team played home matches at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, with the move to the AIS Stadium in Bruce taking place in 1990. The official symbol for the Canberra Raiders is the Viking. The Viking, also a mascot at Raiders' games, is known as Victor the Viking.

Sydney Roosters rugby league football club

The Sydney Roosters is an Australian professional rugby league football club. They are based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition and is one of the oldest and most successful clubs. The Roosters have won fourteen New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Dragons have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having the most wins and the second greatest margin of victory in a match in Australian rugby league history, and has won more minor premierships than any other club. The Roosters is one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in its inaugural season. The Eastern Suburbs DRLFC is the only club to have played in each and every season at the elite level, and since the 1970s has often been dubbed the "glamour club" of the league. Coached by Trent Robinson along with captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend, the Roosters play their home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Early life

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Baptiste is of Papua New Guinean descent through his Samarai-born father Bevan. [3] 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. [4] [5]

Samarai human settlement

Samarai is an island and former administrative capital in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

Aspley Broncos

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.

Playing career

Brisbane Broncos

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] In 2009, he represented the Queensland under-18 team in their 246 loss to New South Wales under-18. [7]

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.

The 2011 NRL season was the 104th season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the fourteenth and last run by the National Rugby League's partnership committee of the Australian Rugby League and News Ltd. The NRL's main championship, called the 2011 Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra, was contested by sixteen teams for the fifth consecutive year. Alongside was the fourth season of the Toyota Cup taking place.

South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league football club

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are a professional Australian rugby league team based in Redfern, a suburb of inner-southern Sydney, New South Wales. They participate in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are one of nine existing teams from the state capital. They are often called Souths and The Bunnies.

Norths Devils

The Northern Suburbs Devils, or North Brisbane Devils, or often simply referred to as Norths for short, are a rugby league club representing the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. The team colours are sky blue, navy blue and gold. They play in the Queensland Wizard Cup, and, through their predecessors, are one of the oldest clubs in Australia. Norths have won 13 A Grade, 17 Reserve Grade and 14 Colts/Third Grade Premierships. They hold the record for most consecutive A Grade Brisbane Rugby League premierships, winning six in a row between 1959 and 1964.

In 2012 and 2013, he played for the Queensland Residents against the New South Wales Residents. [8] [9]

Canberra Raiders

On 18 November 2013, Baptiste signed a 1-year contract with the Canberra Raiders starting in 2014. [10] [11] On 3 September 2014, Baptiste re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract. [12]

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. [3] [13]

On 17 November 2016, Baptiste re-signed with the Raiders on a two-year deal. [14] [15]

In December 2016, Baptiste ruptured his Achilles during pre-season training, which saw him miss half of the 2017 NRL season. [16] He returned in Round 14 of the 2017 season, playing just 11 games for the Raiders. [17] In late 2017, he represented Papua New Guinea at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, playing four games. [18]

Leigh Centurions

On 18 December 2017, Baptiste joined English Championship club Leigh Centurions on a one-year deal. [19] 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. [20]

Sydney Roosters

On 14 March 2018, Baptiste returned to Australia, signing a one-year deal with the Sydney Roosters. [21] In June, he came off the interchange for Papua New Guinea in their 2614 win over Fiji. [22] 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.

North Queensland Cowboys

On 11 October 2018, Baptiste joined the North Queensland Cowboys on a one-year deal. [23]

Achievements and accolades

Individual

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season [24]

NRL

SeasonTeamMatchesTGGK %F/GPts
2011 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 41004
2012 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 10000
2014 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 50000
2015 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 162008
2016 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 2430012
2017 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 110000
2018 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 90000
Career totals7060024

Championship

SeasonTeamMatchesTGGK %F/GPts
2018 Leigh colours.svg Leigh 10000
Career totals10000

International

SeasonTeamMatchesTGGK %F/GPts
2016 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea 10000
2017 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea 40000
2018 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea 10000
Career totals60000

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