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A look at the NRL's retiring heroes

FACTBOX ON NRL RETIREES

SHAUN BERRIGAN

Born: November 4, 1978, Brisbane, Qld (age 34)

NRL games: 240

First grade debut: Brisbane v Balmain at Leichhardt Oval, 16/5/1999 (Rd 11)

Clubs: Brisbane 1999-2007, Warriors 2011, Canberra 2012-13

Tests: Australia 14 (2004-07)

State of Origins: Queensland 15 (2002-07)

Grand finals: two - Brisbane 2000 (won), 2006 (won)

MATTHEW BOWEN

Born: March 9, 1982, Cairns, Qld (age 31)

NRL games: 268

First grade debut: North Queensland v Brisbane at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 17/2/2001 (Rd 1)

Club: North Queensland 2001-13

Test: Australia 1 (2004)

State of Origins: Queensland 10 (2003-07)

Grand finals: North Queensland 2005 (lost)

DANNY BUDERUS

Born: February 6, 1978, Taree, NSW (age 35)

NRL games: 253

First grade debut: Newcastle v South Queensland at Marathon Stadium, 23/3/1997 (Rd 3)

Club: Newcastle 1997-2013

Tests: Australia 24 (2001-06)

State of Origins: NSW 21 (2002-08)

MATT COOPER

Born: April 18, 1979, Port Kembla, NSW (age 34)

NRL games: 243

First grade debut: St George Illawarra v Cronulla at Stadium Australia, 5/2/2000 (Rd 1)

Club: St George Illawarra 2000-13

Tests Australia 7 (2004-06)

State of Origins: NSW 13 (2004-10)

Grand finals: St George Illawarra 2010 (won)

NATHAN FIEN

Born: August 1, 1979, Mt Isa, Qld (age 34)

NRL games: 275

First grade debut: North Queensland v Penrith at CUA Stadium, 7/2/2000 (Rd 1)

Clubs: North Queensland 2000-04, Warriors 2005-09, St George Illawarra 2009-13

Tests: New Zealand 22 (2006-12)

State of Origins: Queensland 1 (2001)

Grand finals: St George Illawarra 2010 (won)

BRETT FINCH

Born: August 20, 1981, Maitland, NSW (age 32)

NRL games: 269

First grade debut: Canberra v Melbourne at Bruce Stadium, 4/6/1999 (Rd 14)

Clubs: Canberra 1999-2002, Sydney Roosters 2003-06, Parramatta 2007-09, Melbourne 2009-13

State of Origins: NSW 3 (2004-06)

Grand finals: Sydney Roosters 2003 (lost), 2004 (lost), Melbourne 2009 (won*)

DALLAS JOHNSON

Born: November 23, 1982, Atherton, Qld (age 30)

NRL games: 222

First frade debut: Melbourne v Cronulla at Toyota Stadium, 16/3/2003 (Rd 1)

Clubs: Melbourne 2003-09, North Queensland 2011-13

Tests: Australia 1 (2007)

State of Origins: Queensland 12 (2006-09)

Grand finals: Melbourne 2006 (lost), 2007 (won*), 2008 (lost), 2009 (won*)

MATT KING

Born: August 22, 1980, Casino, NSW (age 33)

NRL games: 114

First grade debut: Melbourne v St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium, 22/8/2003 (Rd 24)

Clubs: Melbourne 2003-07, Souths 2012-13

Tests: Australia 10 (2005-07)

State of Origins: NSW 9 (2005-07)

Grand finals: Melbourne 2006 (lost), 2007 (won*)

BENJI MARSHALL

Born: February 25, 1985, Whakatane, NZ (age 28)

NRL games: 200

First grade debut: Wests Tigers v Newcastle at Campbelltown Stadium, 27/7/2003 (Rd 20)

Club: Wests Tigers 2003-13

Tests: New Zealand 27 (2005-12), 19 as captain

Grand finals: Wests Tigers 2005 (won)

SCOTT PRINCE

Born: February 27, 1980, Mt Isa, Qld (age 33)

NRL games: 300

First grade debut: North Queensland v Canberra at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 4/4/1998 (Rd 4)

Clubs: North Queensland 1998-2000, Brisbane 2001-13, Wests Tigers 2004-06, Gold Coast Titans 2007-12

Tests: Australia 4 (2005-08)

State of Origins: Queensland 5 (2004-08)

Grand finals: Wests Tigers 2005 (won)

JASON RYLES

Born: January 17, 1979, Wollongong, NSW (age 34)

NRL games: 245

First grade debut: St George Illawarra v Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium, 14/5/2000 (Rd 15)

Clubs: St George Illawarra 2000-08, Sydney Roosters 2010-11, Melbourne 2012-13

Tests: Australia 15 (2001-05)

State of Origins: NSW 8 (2002-05)

Grand finals: Sydney Roosters 2010 (lost)

Info: David Middleton's League Information

*Melbourne premierships in 2007 and 2009 were stripped for salary cap breaches
A look at the NRL's retiring heroes
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FACTBOX ON NRL RETIREES

SHAUN BERRIGAN

Born: November 4, 1978, Brisbane, Qld (age 34)

NRL games: 240

First grade debut: Brisbane v Balmain at Leichhardt Oval, 16/5/1999 (Rd 11)

Clubs: Brisbane 1999-2007, Warriors 2011, Canberra 2012-13

Tests: Australia 14 (2004-07)

State of Origins: Queensland 15 (2002-07)

Grand finals: two - Brisbane 2000 (won), 2006 (won)

MATTHEW BOWEN

Born: March 9, 1982, Cairns, Qld (age 31)

NRL games: 268

First grade debut: North Queensland v Brisbane at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 17/2/2001 (Rd 1)

Club: North Queensland 2001-13

Test: Australia 1 (2004)

State of Origins: Queensland 10 (2003-07)

Grand finals: North Queensland 2005 (lost)

DANNY BUDERUS

Born: February 6, 1978, Taree, NSW (age 35)

NRL games: 253

First grade debut: Newcastle v South Queensland at Marathon Stadium, 23/3/1997 (Rd 3)

Club: Newcastle 1997-2013

Tests: Australia 24 (2001-06)

State of Origins: NSW 21 (2002-08)

MATT COOPER

Born: April 18, 1979, Port Kembla, NSW (age 34)

NRL games: 243

First grade debut: St George Illawarra v Cronulla at Stadium Australia, 5/2/2000 (Rd 1)

Club: St George Illawarra 2000-13

Tests Australia 7 (2004-06)

State of Origins: NSW 13 (2004-10)

Grand finals: St George Illawarra 2010 (won)

NATHAN FIEN

Born: August 1, 1979, Mt Isa, Qld (age 34)

NRL games: 275

First grade debut: North Queensland v Penrith at CUA Stadium, 7/2/2000 (Rd 1)

Clubs: North Queensland 2000-04, Warriors 2005-09, St George Illawarra 2009-13

Tests: New Zealand 22 (2006-12)

State of Origins: Queensland 1 (2001)

Grand finals: St George Illawarra 2010 (won)

BRETT FINCH

Born: August 20, 1981, Maitland, NSW (age 32)

NRL games: 269

First grade debut: Canberra v Melbourne at Bruce Stadium, 4/6/1999 (Rd 14)

Clubs: Canberra 1999-2002, Sydney Roosters 2003-06, Parramatta 2007-09, Melbourne 2009-13

State of Origins: NSW 3 (2004-06)

Grand finals: Sydney Roosters 2003 (lost), 2004 (lost), Melbourne 2009 (won*)

DALLAS JOHNSON

Born: November 23, 1982, Atherton, Qld (age 30)

NRL games: 222

First frade debut: Melbourne v Cronulla at Toyota Stadium, 16/3/2003 (Rd 1)

Clubs: Melbourne 2003-09, North Queensland 2011-13

Tests: Australia 1 (2007)

State of Origins: Queensland 12 (2006-09)

Grand finals: Melbourne 2006 (lost), 2007 (won*), 2008 (lost), 2009 (won*)

MATT KING

Born: August 22, 1980, Casino, NSW (age 33)

NRL games: 114

First grade debut: Melbourne v St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium, 22/8/2003 (Rd 24)

Clubs: Melbourne 2003-07, Souths 2012-13

Tests: Australia 10 (2005-07)

State of Origins: NSW 9 (2005-07)

Grand finals: Melbourne 2006 (lost), 2007 (won*)

BENJI MARSHALL

Born: February 25, 1985, Whakatane, NZ (age 28)

NRL games: 200

First grade debut: Wests Tigers v Newcastle at Campbelltown Stadium, 27/7/2003 (Rd 20)

Club: Wests Tigers 2003-13

Tests: New Zealand 27 (2005-12), 19 as captain

Grand finals: Wests Tigers 2005 (won)

SCOTT PRINCE

Born: February 27, 1980, Mt Isa, Qld (age 33)

NRL games: 300

First grade debut: North Queensland v Canberra at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 4/4/1998 (Rd 4)

Clubs: North Queensland 1998-2000, Brisbane 2001-13, Wests Tigers 2004-06, Gold Coast Titans 2007-12

Tests: Australia 4 (2005-08)

State of Origins: Queensland 5 (2004-08)

Grand finals: Wests Tigers 2005 (won)

JASON RYLES

Born: January 17, 1979, Wollongong, NSW (age 34)

NRL games: 245

First grade debut: St George Illawarra v Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium, 14/5/2000 (Rd 15)

Clubs: St George Illawarra 2000-08, Sydney Roosters 2010-11, Melbourne 2012-13

Tests: Australia 15 (2001-05)

State of Origins: NSW 8 (2002-05)

Grand finals: Sydney Roosters 2010 (lost)

Info: David Middleton's League Information

*Melbourne premierships in 2007 and 2009 were stripped for salary cap breaches.


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