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Dane Gagai

Dane Gagai
Dane Gagai Rabbitohs.jpg
Personal information
Born (1991-01-03) 3 January 1991 (age 28)
Mackay, Queensland, Australia
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Playing information
PositionCentre, Fullback, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011 Brisbane Broncos 6 4 0 0 16
2012–17 Newcastle Knights 128 29 3 0 122
2018– South Sydney 50 14 7 0 66
Total 184 47 10 0 204
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015–17 Indigenous All Stars 3 2 0 0 8
2015–19 Queensland 13 11 0 0 44
2015 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Australia 8 5 0 0 20
2019 Māori All Stars 1 2 0 0 8
As of 5 October 2019
Source: [1]

Dane Gagai (born 3 January 1991) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre, fullback and winger for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL. He has played for Australia and New Zealand Maori at international level.

He previously played for the Brisbane Broncos and Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League. He has played for the Indigenous All Stars, Queensland in the State of Origin series and the Prime Minister's XIII. In 2017 he was the Origin player of the series.

Background

Gagai was born in Mackay, Queensland, Australia. He is of Torres Strait Islander heritage through his father's family[3] and Ngati Pikiao Maori descent by way of his mother's ancestry.[4]

Gagai's father, Ray, was a member of the Brisbane Broncos' squad in the 1989 NSWRL season. He is also the cousin of Parramatta Eels player Josh Hoffman,[5] former Broncos player Wendell Sailor[6] and current Broncos player Travis Waddell. Gagai is eligible to play for both Australia and New Zealand through parents of Indigenous Australian and Māori.[7]

He played his junior football for Brisbane Wests before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos.

Gagai playing for the Broncos in 2009

Playing career

Early career

From 2009 to 2011, Gagai played for the Brisbane Broncos' NYC team, scoring 39 tries in 61 games.[8] At the end of 2010, Gagai was named at fullback in the 2010 NYC Team of the Year and played for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis.[9][10]

2011

In Round 1 of the 2011 NRL season, Gagai made his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos against the North Queensland Cowboys on the wing, scoring a try in the Broncos 16-14 loss at Suncorp Stadium.[11]

Gagai playing for Brisbane in 2011

Gagai finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 7 matches and scored 4 tries for the Brisbane Broncos in the 2011 NRL season. On 30 August 2011, Gagai was named at wing in the 2011 NYC Team of the Year.[12]

2012

On 19 March 2012, Gagai re-signed with the Broncos on a 2-year contract.[13] On 9 May 2012, Gagai was released from his Broncos contract less than 2 months after re-signing due to disciplinary reasons.[14] On 28 May 2012, Gagai signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights effective immediately.[15] In Round 14 of the 2012 NRL season, Gagai made his club debut for the Newcastle Knights against the Canberra Raiders at centre, scoring a try in the Knights 32-16 loss at Hunter Stadium.[16] Gagai finished his first year in the Newcastle Knights with him playing in 12 matches and scoring 5 tries in the 2012 NRL season.

2013

On 22 May 2013, Gagai re-signed with the Knights on a 2-year contract.[17] Gagai finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 5 tries for the Knights. In August 2013, Gagai rejected playing for New Zealand to represent his mother in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup instead setting his sights to play for Queensland in State of Origin.[18]

2014

On 28 January 2014, Gagai was banned from the Queensland Origin camp by Mal Meninga after a discipline breach.[19] In February 2014, Gagai was selected in the Knights inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad.[20] In June 2014, Gagai was included in the Queensland Maroons extended 22 man squad but was later not chosen to make his debut for Queensland.[21] Gagai finished 2014 NRL season with him playing in all off the Knights 24 matches, scoring 7 tries and kicking a goal.

2015

On 31 January and 1 February, Gagai played for the Knights in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[22] On 13 February, he played for the Indigenous All Stars against the NRL All Stars in the annual All Stars match,[23] playing off the interchange bench for the at Cbus Super Stadium. The Indigenous side won 20-6 over the NRL All Stars.[24] On 10 April, he re-signed with the Knights on a 2-year contract after strong interest from his former club Brisbane Broncos.[25][26] On 8 July, he made his State of Origin debut on the wing for Queensland against New South Wales in Game 3 of the 2015 State of Origin series.[27] He scored a try on debut, which was the first try of the game, in Queensland's 52-6 win.[28][29] He finished the 2015 season having played in all of the Knights 24 matches, scoring 7 tries and kicking 2 goals as the club finished last.[30] On 26 September, he played for the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea, playing at centre in his team's 40-12 win in Port Moresby.[31][32] On 15 December, he was named on the wing for the Indigenous All Stars to play against the World All Stars on 13 February 2016.[33]

2016

On 13 February, Gagai again played for the Indigenous All Stars against the new World All Stars, playing on the wing and scoring a try in his team's 8-12 loss at Suncorp Stadium.[34] In Round 10 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Gagai played his 100th NRL career game in the Knights' 0-62 loss at Hunter Stadium. After the match, he was seen on camera crying and being embraced by teammate Tariq Sims. Fox Sports commentators Andrew Voss, Jimmy Smith and Mark Gasnier commented on the incident, "Right there at the finish, I don't think I've ever seen the likes of that in all my time following rugby league", said Voss. "Dane Gagai just couldn't contain himself, this is a Round 10 game, have you ever witnessed that in your life?", "They were incredible pictures", said Smith. "That is a reaction you just don't see, he was shattered", said Gasnier.[35][36] After the incident, Gagai was exposed to racial abuse from a crowd member. It was later revealed that Gagai was upset due to the death of his grandmother earlier that day.[37][38] He played in all 3 matches for Queensland on the wing in the 2016 State of Origin series, where he scored 1 try in Game 1 in Queensland's 6-4 win at ANZ Stadium and a hat-trick of tries in Game 2 in their 26-16 win at Suncorp Stadium.[39][40][41] He finished the season having played in 22 matches and scoring 3 tries.[42]

2017

On 10 February 2017, Gagai played for the Indigenous All Stars against the World All Stars in the 2017 All Stars match, starting on the wing and scoring a try in the 34-8 win at Hunter Stadium.[43] On 10 June 2017, Gagai announced that he signed a 4-year deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs starting from 2018.[44][45] On 12 July 2017, Gagai won the Wally Lewis Medal as the player of the 2017 State of Origin series. Gagai, who played on the wing for Queensland in all 3 games, scored 2 tries in Game 2 in the series tying 18-16 win at ANZ Stadium and ran for over 500 metres for the series, became the first winger to win the official Player of the series.[46] Gagai finished his last year with the Newcastle Knights with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 2 tries in the 2017 NRL season. On 3 October 2017, Gagai was selected in the 24-man Australia Kangaroos 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad.[47] On 27 October 2017, Gagai made his international debut for Australia against England, playing on the wing in the 18-4 win at AAMI Park.[48] In his next match against Lebanon, Gagai scored his first international try for Australia in the 34-0 win at Sydney Football Stadium.[49] Gagai played in 5 matches and scored 3 tries in the tournament including starting on the wing in the Kangaroos gritty 6-0 World Cup Final victory over England at Suncorp Stadium.[50][51]

2018

In Round 1 of the 2018 season, Gagai made his club debut for the Rabbitohs against the New Zealand Warriors, playing at centre in the Rabbitohs' 20-32 loss at Perth Stadium.[52] In round 9 against his old club Newcastle, he scored his first try for the Rabbitohs in their 36-18 win at McDonald Jones Stadium. During the 2018 All-Stars match at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Gagai was eligible to play for both representative teams as he had Torres Strait Island and Maori heritage. Gagai was then selected to the Maori All-Stars Team.[53] [54]

2019

Before the 2019 NRL season started Gagai chose to play for New Zealand Maori kiwis against the Indigenous Australian All Stars and in that game he scored two tries.

In Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series, Gagai scored 2 tries and won man of the match in Queensland’s 18-14 victory at Suncorp Stadium. After the match, Gagai finished with 256 run metres, two linebreaks, three tackle breaks and 11 tackles.[55] In Round 19 against St George, Gagai scored 2 tries as South Sydney won the match 20-16 after the final siren had sounded.[56]

Accolades

Wally Lewis Medal: 2017

Career stats

Club

Season Team Appearances Tries Goals Goal-kicking percentage Field Goals Points
2011 NRL Season Brisbane Broncos 6 4 - - - 16
2012 NRL Season Newcastle Knights 12 5 - - - 20
2013 NRL Season Newcastle Knights 23 5 0/1 0% - 20
2014 NRL Season Newcastle Knights 24 7 1/2 50% - 30
2015 NRL Season Newcastle Knights 24 7 2/2 100% - 32
2016 NRL Season Newcastle Knights 22 3 0/1 0% - 12
2017 NRL Season Newcastle Knights 23 2 - - - 8
2018 NRL Season South Sydney Rabbitohs 25 4 0/2 0% - 16

Representative

Years Team Appearances Tries Goals Goal-kicking percentage Field Goals Points
2015-2019 Queensland 11 11 - - - 44
2017-2018 Australia 7 4 - - - 16
2015-2017 Indigenous All-Stars 3 2 - - - 8
2019 Maori All-Stars 1 2 - - - 8

[57]

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