Kurt Baptiste

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Kurt Baptiste
Personal information
Born (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 (age 27)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker, Lock
2011–12 Brisbane Broncos 51004
2014–17 Canberra Raiders 5650020
2018 Leigh Centurions 10000
2018 Sydney Roosters 90000
2019– North Qld Cowboys 00000
2016– Papua New Guinea 60000
As of 24 December 2018
Source: [1] [2]

Kurt Baptiste (born 15 March 1991) is a Papua New Guinean international rugby league footballer who plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. Primarily a hooker, he previously played for the Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders, Leigh Centurions and the Sydney Roosters.


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]

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]

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.

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



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


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


SeasonTeamMatchesTGGK %F/GPts
2018 Leigh 10000
Career totals10000


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


  1. loverugbyleague
  2. "Kurt Baptiste - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project.
  3. 1 2 Mou, Freddy (6 May 2015). "How 'Big Mal' gave Canberra Raiders PNG star Kato Ottio belief". Loop PNG. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 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.
  4. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-canberra-raiders-halfback-kurt-baptiste-to-draw-on-australian-schoolboys-days-20150715-gicthc.html
  5. http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-2130-0-0-0&sID=26416&articleID=5958315&news_task=DETAIL
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20120620083243/http://www.rleague.com/db/player/b/baptiste_kurt/index.php. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. https://nycdatabase.org/representative/under-18s-origin/2009-2/
  8. Queensland Residents team named nrl.com, 25 June 2012
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20130927120237/http://leagueunlimited.com/news/show/qld-residents-team-named. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20131124142313/http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/Raiders-sign-Kyle-ODonnell-and-Kurt-Baptiste/87481. Archived from the original on 24 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. Rugby League (2013-11-17). "Broncos refugee Kurt Baptiste happy to call Canberra Raiders home". Brisbanetimes.com.au. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  12. NRL. "Kurt Baptiste Re-Signs with the". Raiders. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  13. "PNG stuns Fiji in a thriller". nrl.com. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  14. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/canberra-raiders-resign-hooker-kurt-baptiste-for-two-seasons-on-eve-of-preseason-training-20161117-gsrc3z.html
  15. https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2016/10/18/season-review-kurt-baptiste/
  16. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/canberra-raiders-hooker-kurt-baptiste-has-surgery-on-ruptured-achilles-20161208-gt6x9w.html
  17. https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2017/09/20/kurt-baptiste-season-review/
  18. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/kurt-baptiste-and-kato-ottio-picked-in-papua-new-guinea-squad-for-world-cup-20171004-gytvi6.html
  19. https://www.nrl.com/news/2017/12/18/kurt-baptiste-leaves-raiders-for-leigh-centurions/
  20. https://leighrl.co.uk/wp/blog/2018/03/04/centurions-release-kurt-baptiste-from-playing-contract/
  21. https://www.roosters.com.au/news/2018/03/14/kurt-baptiste-signs-with-roosters-for-2018/
  22. https://www.playersvoice.com.au/kurt-baptiste-last-time-saw-my-friend-kato/
  23. https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2018/10/11/four-more-signings-for-cowboys/