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5 June 2013

Spotlight on Warrington's Adrian Morley

Born in Salford on May 10 1977, Adrian began his career with Eccles ARLFC at the age of 12 and remained with the club through to playing in their Under-18's.

At 17 he joined Leeds where he was to win the inaugural Grand Final (1998) plus they won the Challenge Cup in 1999 beating the London Broncos 52-16 at Wembley.

While with the Rhino's, for who he made 149 appearances, he gained international honours for both England and Great Britain for the first time in 1996.

Moved to Australia with the Sydney Roosters in 2001 and the following season the forward was an integral part of the squad that became NRL champions - beating the New Zealand Warriors in the Grand Final.

The Roosters went on to reach the final in both 2003 and 2004 but respectively lost out to the Penrith Panthers and Sydney rivals the Bulldogs. They did however take the World Club Challenge in 2003.

In the first match of the 2003 Ashes Test series against the Aussies, Morley was dismissed just 12 seconds into a game for a high tackle which remains the fastest ever red card in the history of Test Rugby League.

Although still contracted to the Aussie outfit, he helped the Bradford Bulls win the Super League title in 2005, appearing six times including the Grand Final victory.

Early in 2006 he joined the Warrington Wolves on a four-year deal and the following year he was appointed skipper. The same year saw him captain the GB test side against France.

During his time with the Wolves he has helped them lift the Challenge Cup in 2009 (v Huddersfield) and 2010 (v Leeds) and the League Leaders Shield in 2011.

Then in 2011 Adrian became the most capped England/GB international of all time when gaining his 50th cap which came in the 4 Nations Final against Australia.
In 2012 Morley enjoyed a testimonial season granted by the RFL for his services to the game.

The 36-year-old recently returned to the Wolves starting line-up at the 'Magic Weekend' which took place at the Etihad Stadium late in May having missed three months due to a ruptured bicep – the injury being reported as possibly career ending. He put the icing on the convincing 48-22 victory over St Helens with the final try of the game.

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