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Gavin Cooper

2nd Row

Cowboys

Player Bio

Height:
197 cm
Date of Birth:
19 August 1985
Weight:
108 kg
Birthplace:
Murgon, QLD
Age:
35
Nickname:
Coops
Debut Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Date:
18 March 2006
Opposition:
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Round:
2
Previous Clubs:
Gold Coast Titans, Penrith Panthers
Junior Club:
Murgon Mustangs
Biography:

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Cowboy #170

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.

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Favourite Netflix series: Peaky Blinders
Favourite sports movie: The Replacements
Which teammate wins Cowboys Ninja Warrior: Reece Robson
Best nickname you’ve been given and how did you get it: Big Gav – Because I’m big and my name is Gav
Favourite video game growing up: Donkey Kong or Need for Speed
Favourite game day pump up song: Black Skinhead – Kayne West
Dream job if you weren’t a football player: Pro golfer
Best concert you’ve been to: Pearl Jam

Career

Appearances
322
Tries
79

2020 Season

Appearances
14

Scoring

Tries
1

Attack

Line Breaks
1
Line Break Assists
1

Passing

Offloads
4

Defence

Tackles Made
315
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
49
Total Running Metres
686

Fantasy

Total Points
368
Average Points
26.3

2020 Season - By Round

2020 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points 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 Broncos Lost 21 - 28 2nd Row 80 1 - 4 - 1 - 19 - 14 36 6 69 52 -
2 Bulldogs Won 16 - 24 2nd Row 61 - - - - - - 28 1 10 28 1 79 79 -
4 Sharks Lost 16 - 26 2nd Row 80 - - - - - 1 13 1 13 31 4 50 45 -
5 Warriors Lost 37 - 26 Interchange 53 - - - - - - 8 - 8 30 1 23 22 -
6 Wests Tigers Lost 36 - 20 Interchange 31 - - - - - 1 19 - 4 25 3 38 38 -
7 Knights Won 32 - 20 Interchange 24 - - - - - 1 8 - 5 19 1 36 22 14
8 Eels Lost 42 - 4 Interchange 29 - - - - - - 14 - 5 28 2 52 52 -
9 Roosters Lost 16 - 42 Interchange 31 - - - - - - 21 - 7 23 2 41 41 -
10 Panthers Lost 22 - 10 Interchange 21 - - - 1 - - 20 - 8 18 - 56 34 21
11 Sea Eagles Lost 12 - 24 Interchange 18 - - - - - 2 27 1 9 16 - 57 57 -
12 Raiders Lost 12 - 14 Interchange 15 - - - - - - 16 - 4 16 1 35 35 -
17 Dragons Won 23 - 22 Interchange 28 - - - - - 1 31 - 6 9 - 66 66 -
18 Storm Lost 36 - 20 Interchange 34 - - - - - - 11 1 8 13 1 25 25 -
19 Panthers Lost 12 - 32 Interchange 57 - - - - - - 17 - 14 23 5 55 40 -

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 88.00 - - -
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 61.00 - - -
Panthers 2009 22 9 12 1 41% 1 1 6 25 1.14 50.00% - 2 24 641 48 1,872 85.00 24 - -
Panthers 2010 18 9 9 - 50% 3 - 12 21 1.17 - - - 13 458 29 1,343 74.00 10 - -
Cowboys 2011 24 13 11 - 54% 6 1 26 192 8.00 25.00% - 5 20 742 65 1,995 83.00 - - -
Cowboys 2012 26 16 10 - 62% 10 - 40 37 1.42 - - 8 14 864 48 2,537 97.00 11 - -
Cowboys 2013 22 11 11 - 50% 7 - 28 54 2.47 - - 8 11 632 34 1,853 84.24 120 413 18.0
Cowboys 2014 17 10 7 - 59% 6 - 24 - - - - 7 7 509 17 1,590 93.55 44 702 41.0
Cowboys 2015 27 19 8 - 70% 11 - 44 52 1.94 - - 11 13 835 48 3,256 120.62 76 1,373 50.0
Cowboys 2016 26 16 10 - 62% 9 - 36 29 1.13 - - 9 9 792 48 2,486 95.62 35 1,123 43.0
Cowboys 2017 25 16 9 - 64% 3 - 12 80 3.20 - - 4 4 767 52 2,139 85.00 40 979 39.2
Cowboys 2018 23 7 16 - 30% 13 - 52 113 4.90 - 1 10 10 686 44 1,670 72.00 27 982 42.7
Cowboys 2019 24 9 15 - 38% 3 - 12 42 1.74 - 1 2 14 841 70 1,947 81.00 16 957 39.9
Cowboys 2020 14 3 11 - 21% 1 - 4 - - - - 1 4 315 27 686 49.00 36 368 26.3

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End 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
2011
2006
2020
246 128 118 - 52% 72 1 290 659 2.68 25.00% 2 70 121 7,385 485 21,759 88.00 409 7,375 30.0
Titans 2007 2008 36 15 21 - 42% 3 - 12 129 3.58 - - 3 20 696 54 2,570 71.00 29 - -
Panthers 2009 2010 40 18 21 1 45% 4 1 18 46 1.15 50.00% - 2 37 1,099 77 3,181 79.00 34 - -

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