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Gavin Cooper

Gavin Cooper
  • Date of Birth: 19-08-1985
  • Height: 197
  • Weight: 108
  • Position: Second Row
  • Rep. Honours: PM XIII 2013
  • Junior Clubs: Murgon Mustangs
  • Previous Clubs: Gold Coast, Penrith
  • FG Debut: v Manly, 18/03/06 (Rd 2)
  • Club Debut: v Manly, 18/03/06 (Rd 2)

Cowboys Leagues Club


Originally from Murgon in the South Burnett region, 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.

Cooper’s old left-side combination with Johnathan Thurston was back to its best by finals time and the back-rower scored a double in the week-one victory against Brisbane to again show he is a strong attacking option for NQ.

In defence, Cooper’s 30 tackles per game average was third-highest amongst all Cowboys.

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 continues to prove himself to be one of the NRL’s most resilient players, playing in all but one of the Cowboys’ 28 games in 2015.