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Greg Bird - Talented Yet Controversial League Player

September 15, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 170

Gregory Bird is an Australian professional rugby league football player. He was born on February 10, 1984 in Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia. He is currently signed on to the Gold Coast Titans of the National Rugby League. Before, he was signed on to the Cronulla - Sutherland of the national Rugby League and the Catalans dragons of the Super League.

Gregory was raised at Lochinvar in the Hunter Valley. He played for the West Mainland and Maitland Pumpkin Pickers. He went to the Rutherford Technology High School and played for them. He was a famous rugby player in his school. He was also then a member of the Newcastle Knights under 18 SG Ball side. Then in 2001, he represented and captained the junior Australian Kangaroos. He also played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2001.

In 2002, Gregory Bird made his debut match for the Cronulla - Sutherland Sharks at the Toyota Park versus the Bulldogs in Round 7.

In 2004, he had a ten week suspension because in the round four match, he kneed the Souths winger Shane Marteene in the head.

In 2006, he was voted as the Cronulla - Sutherland Sharks' Player of the Year. He had a serious rib injury in round 21 of the season against the Newcastle Knights which resulted to his missing of seven matches.

He was also known that year for modeling for the Naked Rugby League 2007 - 2008 charity calendar. The said calendar was produced for the benefit of raising money for the National Breast cancer Foundation of Australia. Also, in the same year, he was allegedly rumored to have sent inappropriate text messages to the model Lara Bingle. Gregory Bird denied the incident and the Sharks spokesman Rob Willis backed him up with his statement and said that there was no harassment and nothing inappropriate happened.

Gregory Bird made his debut for the Country origin and the New South Wales Blues in game 2. He was given the award Man of the Match for the game 3 of the series.

In 2007, he made his debut for the Australian Test and was called the Player's Player in a match between Australia and New Zealand.

In 2008, he was chosen for Australia for the May's Centenary Test, then he was again named in the New South Wales Blues Side, and in the game one of the State of Origin, this rugby star was named Man of the Match. In that year also, he was named in the preliminary 46 - man Kangaroos Squad for the Rugby League World Cup.

In 2009, the Gold Coast Titans officially announced that Gregory Bird is already signed on their team. To this present day, Bird remains signed to the Gold Coast Titans.

For more information on Greg Bird you should check out his profile on Footysocial at http://www.footysocial.com.au/players/gregbird

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