392 Robert Purdham

In the first decade of the new Millennium, Rob was one of the most consistent players for the Broncos / Harlequins. He turned professional with Whitehaven in his native Cumbria, and after being selected for an England under-21 tour of South Africa in 2001 joined the Broncos in 2002.

Further international honours followed, including playing for England ‘A’ in 2003, captaining England in 2006 in the Federation Shield, and playing for England in the 2008 World Cup. He is the only player for the club to play for England in a World Cup, and one of the few to be capped by the most senior international team (i.e. England or Great Britain).

For the club, he was the team captain for many years, and his best position was in the second-row. A regular goalkicker, he broke two club records in an 82–6 Challenge Cup win over Barrow in 2006: 34 points in a match and 12 goals. He was awarded a testimonial for 10 years’ service to the club in 2011, and retired at the end of that season to return to Cumbria.

195 appearances, 36 tries, 167 goals, 1 drop-goal, 495 points.