Luke Thompson (rugby league)

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Luke Thompson
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Personal information
Born (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 26)
St Helens, Merseyside, England
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Lock
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2013–20 St Helens 1632900116
2015(loan)Rochdale Hornets 10000
2020– Canterbury Bulldogs 161004
Total1803000120
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2018 England 41004
2019 Great Britain 30000
As of 19 May 2021
Source: [1] [2]

Luke Thompson (born 27 April 1995) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as prop and lock for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and has represented England and Great Britain at international level.

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He has spent time on loan from Saints at the Rochdale Hornets in the Championship 1. He has played his most of his professional career to date for St Helens, with whom he won the 2014 Super League Grand Final.

Thompson agreed a deal with Canterbury to join in 2021, but made the move in July 2020. He completed two weeks of isolation on his arrival in Australia before his first game for the Canterbury-Bankstown club.

Background

Thompson was born in St Helens, Merseyside, England.

Career

Thompson has been at his hometown club of St Helens since he was 11 (signing from Bold Miners).

Thompson's début came during the 2013 season away at London Broncos where he was "sensational" according to coach Nathan Brown. The most notable match of his career so far came when Saints beat Wigan Warriors 16-12 at the DW Stadium in June 2014.

St Helens reached the 2014 Super League Grand Final and Thompson was selected to play from the interchange bench in their 14-6 victory over the Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford. [3] [4] [5] [6]

He played in the 2019 Challenge Cup Final defeat to the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium. [7]

He played in the 2019 Super League Grand Final victory over the Salford Red Devils at Old Trafford. [8] [9] [10]

Thompson made his NRL debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs against the Brisbane Broncos in round 9 of the 2020 NRL season.

In round 20 of the 2020 NRL season, Thompson was placed on report for reportedly eye gouging one of the Penrith players during Canterbury's 42-0 loss. Thompson was later suspended for four matches after being found guilty. [11] Thompson made 10 appearances for Canterbury in the 2020 NRL season as the club narrowly avoided the wooden spoon finishing 15th on the table. [12]

In round 5 of the 2021 NRL season, Thompson scored his first try for Canterbury in a 52-18 loss against Melbourne. It was also Canterbury's first try in over 240 minutes of play as they had been held scoreless from the previous three games. [13]

International career

In 2018 he was selected for England against France at the Leigh Sports Village. [14]

He was selected in squad for the 2019 Great Britain Lions tour of the Southern Hemisphere. [15] He made his Great Britain test debut in the defeat to Tonga. [16]

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