James Bell (rugby league)

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James Bell
James Bell Warriors.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJames Te Manawanui Temuera Bell
Born (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 27)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height5 ft 11 in (1.81 m)
Weight15 st 4 lb (97 kg)
Playing information
PositionSecond-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017–18 New Zealand Warriors 2 0 0 0 0
2019–20 Toulouse Olympique 27 10 0 0 40
2021– Leigh Centurions 3 0 0 0 0
Total 32 10 0 0 40
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017–18 Scotland 5 1 0 0 4
As of 3 May 2021
Source: [1][2]

James Te Manawanui Temuera Bell (born 2 May 1994) is a Scotland international rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row and loose forward for the Leigh Centurions in the Betfred Super League.

He previously played for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL and Toulouse Olympique in the Betfred Championship.

Background[edit]

Bell was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and is of Scottish[3] and Māori descent.

He played his junior rugby league for the Papakura Sea Eagles, before being signed by the New Zealand Warriors.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2014, Bell played for the New Zealand Warriors' NYC team.[4] In October 2014, he played in the Warriors' 2014 NYC Grand Final win over the Brisbane Broncos.[5] In 2015, he graduated to the Warriors' New South Wales Cup team and in 2016 he was named the side's man of the year.[6][7] Also in 2016, he captained the New Zealand Māori rugby league team.[8]

2017[edit]

Bell played in the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines.

After making over 50 appearances with the Warriors' reserve team, Bell made his NRL debut for the Warriors against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in round 21 of the 2017 NRL season.[9][10]

Leigh Centurions[edit]

On 5 November 2020 it was announced that Bell would join Leigh for the 2021 season.[11]

International career[edit]

In October, Bell was named in the Scotland squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "James Bell (W) - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  2. ^ "James Bell - Player Stats". Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Scotland add Two NRL Talents as Walker is withdrawn". RLWC2017.com. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  4. ^ "B". 27 December 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  5. ^ "LeagueUnlimited NYC Teams - 2014 Grand Final » League Unlimited". League Unlimited. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  6. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "VB NSW CUP TEAMS ROUND 1". Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  7. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Mannering's fifth player of the year".
  8. ^ "Auckland Rugby League - Auckland Rugby League". aucklandleague.co.nz. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Updated team lists: Warriors v Sharks". Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  10. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "[Late mail] Bell called up for debut". Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  11. ^ "James Bell joins Leigh Centurions". www.rugby-league.com. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  12. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "[RLWC2017] Bell the Braveheart". Retrieved 16 October 2017.

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