Jake Friend

Jake Friend (born 4 February 1990) is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker and is the co-captain of the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, and has played for Australia at international level.

Jake "Friendy" Friend
Personal information
Full nameJake Friend
Born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Playing information
PositionHooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008– Sydney Roosters 247 26 0 1 105
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–16 Prime Minister's XIII 2 0 0 0 0
2016– Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2017– World All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 7 October 2019
Source: [1]

He has played for the Prime Minister's XIII and the World All Stars.

Background

Friend was born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia.

Junior career

The Noosa Pirates junior joined the Roosters on a scholarship when he was 15 and, in 2008, progressed from SG Ball through to Toyota Cup to the NRL in just four months.

First grade career

Jake finished the 2010 season as the Roosters starting Hooker in the 2010 NRL Grand Final. However the Roosters were defeated 32-8 by the Dragons.

Friend's good form continued in 2011 and despite a lacklustre year by the team, he was awarded the club's highest individual honour, the Jack Gibson Medal, after a season of consistent performances.

2013 was a true breakout season for Friend. he maintained a high work rate in defence with an average of 37 tackles a game. He played for the Roosters in their 2013 Grand Final win.[2]

He has continued his form in 2014, which started with a starring role for the Sydney Roosters in the 2014 World Club Challenge at hooker, where he was named man of the match in the Australian premiers' 36-14 World Champion victory over the Wigan Warriors in Sydney. He also won the Ashton Collier medal for Man of the Match in the 2014 ANZAC Game between the Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Friend was part of the Eastern Suburbs sides which made preliminary final appearances in 2015 and 2017 but fell short of a grand final appearance on both occasions. In 2018, Friend was part of the side which won their 4th minor premiership in 6 seasons. On 30 September 2018, Friend co-captained Easts in the 2018 NRL grand final victory over Melbourne.[3]

At the start of the 2019 NRL season, Friend scored a try for the Sydney Roosters in the club's Round 1 defeat against arch rivals South Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In Round 3, Friend was taken from the field with a shoulder injury in the club's 32-18 win over Parramatta at ANZ Stadium. Friend returned to the Easts team for the ANZAC Day match against St George but suffered a torn right bicep and was ruled out for 10 weeks. Friend returned to the Easts side in Round 17 against North Queensland at the Central Coast Stadium. Friend scored a try in a 15-12 defeat.[4][5] The following week against Newcastle, Friend was taken from the field during the club's 48-10 victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a fracture to his forearm. Subsequent scans revealed that Friend was ruled out for 8 weeks.[6]

Friend made only 6 appearances for the Sydney Roosters in the 2019 NRL season as the club reached the 2019 NRL Grand Final against Canberra. Friend was a late inclusion for the grand final team after coach Trent Robinson decided to replace Zane Tetevano with Friend. The Sydney Roosters would go on to win the final 14-8 and claim their second consecutive premiership. The premiership victory was Friend's third as a player.[7][8]

Representative career

In 2016, he was selected in Australia's 2016 Four Nations squad as a back-up hooker for skipper Cameron Smith. Friend made his international debut against Scotland off the interchange bench.

Achievements

  • NRL Grand Final winner (2013)
  • NRL Grand Final winning Co-Captain *Boyd Cordner* (2018)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2013)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2014)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2015)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2018)
  • World Club Challenge winner (2014)
  • World Club Challenge man of the match (2014)
  • Ashton Collier medallist (2014)
  • NRL Grand Final winner (2018)
  • NRL Grand Final winner (2019)

Controversy

In March 2009, Friend was suspended by the NRL for 2 weeks for high range drink driving offences.[9]

On 27 June 2009, Friend along with Sandor Earl were initially charged with assaulting a woman in Sydney. It was alleged the niece of ABC radio commentator David Morrow 'was punched' at The Tank nightclub in The Rocks. They were quickly cleared of any charges after surveilence video was reviewed.[10]

On 13 December 2009, Friend was arrested and charged by police following an altercation with a taxi driver.[11] As a result, the Roosters terminated his contract. In May 2010, Friend was re-instated in the Roosters team after counselling and rehabilitation.[12][13]

References

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