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Gavin Cooper

2nd Row

Cowboys

Player Bio

Height:
197 cm
Weight:
108 kg
Age:
33
Date of Birth:
19 August 1985
Birthplace:
Murgon, QLD
Nickname:
Coops
Debut Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Opposition:
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Date:
18 March 2006
Round:
2
Previous Clubs:
Gold Coast Titans, Penrith Panthers
Junior Club:
Murgon Mustangs
Biography:

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Originally from Murgon, Cooper came north to start his professional rugby league career in 2003 and played 18 games for the Cowboys in the 2006 season before heading to the Gold Coast Titans for their inaugural year.

He played 36 times for the Coast across two seasons and then made 40 appearances for Penrith in 2009 and 2010 before returning to North Queensland on a two-year contract as an accomplished back-rower.

He was rewarded with the Cowboys’ Club Person of the Year award for his on and off-field work in 2011 and had amassed 166 NRL appearances by the end of the 2013 season.

Cooper received his first senior representative call-up when he played for the Prime Minister’s XIII in their 50-10 win against Papua New Guinea in September 2013. He was also a member of the Kangaroos’ World Cup training squad.

After captaining the Cowboys to NRL Auckland Nines glory in early 2014, Cooper’s season was rolling along nicely until round 10 when, just one game short of playing 100 matches for the Cowboys, he suffered a painful dislocated hip against the Roosters.

The injury kept him out until round 21 against the Titans – an impressive return match that saw him score a try and run for a season-high 155 metres.

He was chosen in the Kangaroos’ train-on squad for the second straight season at the end of 2014, although this time he missed out on Prime Minister’s XIII selection.

Cooper played in all but one of the Cowboys’ 28 games in 2015 as the Cowboys created history en route to a maiden NRL premiership. A highlight during that golden year was a seven-minute hat-trick of tries in the Cowboys’ amazing come-from-behind win over the Eels in Round 13.

Now one of the elder statesmen of the team, Cooper entered the 2016 season a 10-year NRL veteran and a key member of coach Paul Green’s leadership group.

Turning in yet another high-quality season, Cooper received a long-talked-about State of Origin call-up in the third game of the 2016 series, which the Maroons had already won.

Cooper returned to club duties and helped the Cowboys to a preliminary final showdown against eventual premiers the Cronulla Sharks.

As it turned out, the Cowboys’ 2017 campaign was to be a watershed moment in Cooper’s decorated NRL career.

With season-ending injuries to co-captains Matt Scott (Round 2) and Johnathan Thurston (Origin II), Cooper took over as stand-alone skipper. The laconic, self-deprecating back-rower proved himself an inspirational and fearless leader, rallying an understrength team all the way to a second NRL grand final in three seasons.

While the Cowboys were well beaten by a clinical Melbourne Storm outfit in the decider, the Cowboys were Cooper’s team in 2017. The proud Queenslander also regained his Origin jersey in Game II after being overlooked in the series opener as the Maroons clinched the series 2-1.

Cooper also agreed to new terms with the club, signing a two-year extension until the end of the 2019 season.

Gavin Cooper has long been considered one of the best try scoring forwards of his generation, after his feats in 2018 he may have a claim to be considered the best.

Cooper became the first forward in premiership history to score tries in nine consecutive games, breaking the record previously set by newly inducted immortal Frank Burke in 1918.

The 33-year-old’s 13 tries were the most of any forward in the competition and trailed only winger Kyle Feldt’s 14 for the most at the Cowboys.

Cooper was again a model of consistency for the Cowboys, missing just one game throughout the season – the Round 13 victory over Manly due to his State of Origin commitments.

He retained his position in the Queensland State of Origin side and played all three matches in the Maroons 2-1 series loss to NSW.

Heading into the final season a two-year contract extension, Cooper needs to play 16 games in 2019 to reach 300 in the NRL.

Career

Appearances
284
Tries
75

2018 Season

Appearances
23

Scoring

Tries
13

Attack

Line Breaks
10
Line Break Assists
1

Passing

Offloads
10

Defence

Tackles Made
684
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
73
Total Running Metres
1678

Fantasy

Total Points
982
Average Points
42.7

2018 Season - By Round

2018 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Sharks Won 20 - 14 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - - 6 27 1 13 20 2 88 88 -
2 Broncos Lost 24 - 20 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - 1 2 23 - 20 32 4 76 75 -
3 Storm Lost 30 - 14 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - - - 28 - 14 22 4 68 68 -
4 Panthers Lost 14 - 33 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - - - 20 - 6 31 1 37 37 -
5 Warriors Lost 22 - 12 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - - - 31 - 13 29 2 55 53 1
6 Bulldogs Lost 10 - 27 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - - - 40 - 19 23 2 83 83 -
7 Titans Won 26 - 14 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - - - 19 1 12 31 2 71 71 -
8 Raiders Lost 8 - 18 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - 1 3 35 - 24 29 3 93 77 -
9 Panthers Won 20 - 26 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - 2 3 28 1 14 33 1 81 81 -
10 Wests Tigers Lost 20 - 12 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - - 2 39 1 14 37 2 70 70 -
11 Rabbitohs Lost 19 - 20 2nd Row 80 - - - 17 1 - - - 25 - 15 31 1 45 45 -
12 Storm Lost 6 - 7 2nd Row 80 - - - 29 - - - 1 13 3 20 35 5 67 67 -
14 Eels Lost 20 - 14 Interchange 55 - - - - - - - 1 30 - 16 21 1 68 68 -
15 Warriors Lost 16 - 23 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - - 1 44 - 18 37 - 102 102 -
16 Rabbitohs Lost 21 - 20 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - - - 2 - 13 35 2 14 14 -
18 Raiders Lost 38 - 12 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - - 3 34 - 20 30 - 76 76 -
19 Dragons Lost 10 - 24 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - 1 1 26 1 23 31 2 66 59 1
20 Knights Won 20 - 18 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - - 3 40 1 23 33 1 131 118 13
21 Roosters Lost 26 - 20 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - - - 1 3 20 - 12 24 3 45 45 -
22 Broncos Won 34 - 30 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 37 - - 1 3 31 - 15 29 2 91 91 -
23 Sharks Lost 28 - 16 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 24 - - 1 3 20 - 15 38 3 53 44 -
24 Eels Won 44 - 6 2nd Row 54 1 - 4 - - 1 2 4 46 1 18 15 1 124 106 -
25 Titans Won 26 - 30 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 5 - - - 1 22 - 16 38 1 64 53 10

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Linebreaks Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2006 18 8 10 - 44% 3 - 12 59 3.28 - - 5 15 402 32 1,591 88.39 - - -
Titans 2007 22 9 13 - 41% 2 - 8 3 0.14 - - 3 13 431 30 1,738 79.00 29 - -
Titans 2008 14 6 8 - 43% 1 - 4 126 9.00 - - - 7 265 24 861 61.50 - - -
Panthers 2009 22 9 12 1 41% 1 1 6 25 1.14 50.00% - 2 24 641 48 1,872 85.09 24 - -
Panthers 2010 18 9 9 - 50% 3 - 12 21 1.17 - - - 13 458 29 1,343 74.61 10 - -
Cowboys 2011 24 13 11 - 54% 6 1 26 192 8.00 25.00% - 5 20 742 65 1,995 83.12 - - -
Cowboys 2012 26 16 10 - 62% 10 - 40 37 1.42 - - 8 14 864 48 2,548 98.00 11 - -
Cowboys 2013 22 11 11 - 50% 7 - 28 54 2.47 - - 8 11 632 34 1,853 84.24 120 2 0.1
Cowboys 2014 17 10 7 - 59% 6 - 24 - - - - 7 7 509 17 1,590 93.55 44 700 41.2
Cowboys 2015 27 19 8 - 70% 11 - 44 52 1.94 - - 11 13 834 48 3,256 120.62 76 1,375 50.9
Cowboys 2016 26 16 10 - 62% 9 - 36 29 1.13 - - 9 9 792 48 2,486 95.62 35 1,112 42.8
Cowboys 2017 25 16 9 - 64% 3 - 12 55 2.20 - - 4 4 767 52 2,137 85.51 40 979 39.2
Cowboys 2018 23 7 16 - 30% 13 - 52 113 4.90 - 1 10 10 684 45 1,678 72.97 27 982 42.7

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Linebreaks Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Titans 2007 2008 36 15 21 - - 3 - 12 129 3.58 - 3 20 696 54 2,599 72.00 29 - -
Cowboys
2006
2011
2006
2018
208 116 92 - - 68 1 274 592 2.85 25.00% 67 103 6,226 389 19,136 92.00 355 5,166 36.9
Panthers 2009 2010 40 18 21 1 - 4 1 18 46 1.15 50.00% 2 37 1,099 77 3,215 80.00 34 - -

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