Sandor Earl

Sandor Earl (/ˈɜːrl/; born 21 September 1989) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays on the wing for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL,[3] and has played for New Zealand Māori at international level.

Sandor Earl
Personal information
Born (1989-09-21) 21 September 1989
Wellington, New Zealand
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009 Sydney Roosters 3 0 0 0 0
2010–12 Penrith Panthers 16 6 0 0 24
2012–13 Canberra Raiders 29 17 0 0 68
2018– Melbourne Storm 6 2 0 0 8
Total 54 25 0 0 100
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010 New Zealand Māori 1 0 0 0 0
As of 1 October 2019
Source: [1][2]

He played for the Sydney Roosters, Penrith Panthers and the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League, before being banned for four years for a doping violation in 2013.

Early years

Earl was born in Wellington, New Zealand and is of Hungarian, Maori and English descent. He was raised in Sydney's eastern suburbs.[4]

Earl played for the Paddington-Woollahra Tigers in the Sydney Roosters' junior district. Sandor as a junior also played for Fairfield Patrician Brothers and Hills District Bulls in the Parramatta Eels Junior District.

Earl was educated at the famous Rugby League nursery St Gregory's College, Campbelltown, New South Wales from year 7-11 before injuring his knee and undergoing a knee reconstruction. After recovering from the operation, Earl changed to Matraville Sports High School in 2007 where he was a member of the Arrive Alive Cup winning team, scoring a try in the final against Patrician Brothers Blacktown.

Playing career

Sydney Roosters

Earl subsequently entered the NRL for the Sydney Roosters, making his debut in Round 16 of 2009 against the Cronulla Sharks.[3] However, the Roosters let him go at the end of the season, after he and teammate Jake Friend were charged with assault (for which he was found not guilty) on 20 July, for "sustained concussion, bruising to face, pain to neck and back", the victim being 31-year-old Queensland woman believed to be Kristy Bradley, the niece of ABC rugby league radio commentator David Morrow.[5]

Penrith Panthers

The following season, he signed for the Penrith Panthers and was named the club's top rookie player.[6] His 2010 season was capped by scoring a spectacular try in the finals against the Canberra Raiders, cartwheeling towards the try line and planting the ball over it while his body was suspended over the sideline.[7] However, the Panthers lost the match and were knocked out of the finals the following week, losing to Earl's old club, the Sydney Roosters.[8]

Earl played for the Panthers' feeder club the Windsor Wolves in the New South Wales Cup Grand Final which they lost to the Bulldogs.

In 2011, Earl played few games before being ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury. There was then talk that he had signed a contract with the Melbourne Storm. This was later proved false and that he had resigned with the Panthers for two years.

Canberra Raiders

As of June, 2012 Earl has been released by the Panthers to join the Canberra Raiders.[9][10] In October, 2012 Earl signed to stay with the Raiders until the end of 2013.[11] On 29 August 2013, Earl was removed from the NRL competition and the Canberra Raiders after he was issued with an infraction notice for the use and trafficking of drugs to which he has admitted to and assisted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority with their investigation.[12]

Melbourne Storm

On 24 October 2017, it was announced Earl had signed a one-year deal to return to rugby league with the Melbourne Storm after completing his 4-year drug ban. On the 16th January 2019 Melbourne Storm announced that Earl had signed a 2 Year Deal with the Club. On 22 November 2017, it was revealed that Earl had suffered a torn ACL injury at pre-season training with Melbourne, which ruled him out for the entire 2018 season.[13][14][15]

After over two thousand days since his last first grade NRL game. Earl made his Melbourne Storm debut in the 2019 NRL season round 5 clash against the Cowboys. He had his Melbourne Storm jersey presented to him by Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

Representative career

In 2010 he was named in the New Zealand Māori team that played against England.[16]

Outside rugby league

Career start and charity: 2008-2011

Back in 2008, Earl was featured in the "Gods of Football" calendar as a fund raising activity for the breast cancer charity alongside other sportsman of Australia.[17]

Personal life

Earl is currently living in Melbourne, Australia with girlfriend Stephanie Easting and has recently opened his own F45 franchise.[18][19]

Doping investigation

On 29 August 2013, Earl was stood down from the NRL competition after he was issued with an infraction notice for the use and trafficking of the performance-enhancing drug CJC-1295, a synthetic growth hormone analogue. He admitted the charges and assisted ASADA with their investigation. [12] On 2 June 2014, Sandor's charges of the use of peptides were dropped by ASADA.[20][21] 18 days after ASADA dropped the charges he won an injunction against the anti-doping investigation, delaying the NRL doping hearing.[22][23] Earl and his lawyer, Tim Unsworth, fought against the NRL and ASADA.[24] Earl's hearing at the NRL's anti-doping tribunal was postponed in July 2014.[25]

In October 2015, the NRL announced that the Australian Anti-Doping Tribunal had handed Earl a 4-year ban for the following anti-doping rule violations; use of CJC-1295 (eight violations), possession of CJC-1295, trafficking in somatropin, trafficking in clenbuterol, attempted trafficking in SARMS and attempted trafficking in testosterone. The ban was set to run from the date when Earl was provisionally suspended, 29 August 2013, and to end 29 August 2017.[26][27][28]


  1. Rugby League Project
  2. The Daily Telegraph
  3. "Player Profile - Sandor Earl". The Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  4. "Earl sets his sights on a City jersey". Sydney Morning Herald. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  5. Roosters players Jake Friend and Sandor Earl charged with assault
  6. Lewis, Daniel (13 September 2010). "Sandor becomes the Earl of Penrith and wins rookie award to boot". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  7. Brady, Justin (15 September 2010). "Payback for Sandor Earl". Penrith City Star. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  8. Chris, Georgakopolous (20 September 2010). "NRL: Panthers out of the finals after playoff loss to the Sydney Roosters". Penrith Press. News Limited. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  9. "Sandor Earl released by Penrith Panthers to join injury-ravaged Canberra Raiders". Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  10. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriel (11 September 2012). "Sandor Earl of Canberra now reigning supreme with Raiders". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  11. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriel (9 October 2012). "Sandor Earl re-signs with the Raiders". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  16. "Star-studded lineups for NZ Maori, Samoa". National Rugby League. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  17. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriel. "Princess Sandor Earl, a god of football".
  18. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriél (18 May 2014). "Sandor Earl: I'll challenge the way NRL set me up". Josh Massoud (The Daily Telegraph). Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  19. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriél (28 February 2014). "Sandor Earl: A World Away From the Cameras and Controversy". The MMA Corner. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  22. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriél (20 June 2014). "Sandor Earl wins injunction against ASADA". Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  23. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriél (20 June 2014). "Sandor Earl's NRL doping hearing delayed after being granted injunction against ASADA". Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  24. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriél (20 June 2014). "Sandor Earl's lawyer slams NRL after ASADA drops trafficking charge". Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  25. Da Silva Villarrubia, Santiago Katriél (20 June 2014). "Earl's NRL drug hearing delayed". Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  26. Sandor Earl suspended for four years,, 14 October 2015
  27. ASADA welcomes Earl four-year NRL ban, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 October 2015
  28. Sandor Earl banned from NRL for four years for using performance enhancing drugs,, 14 October 2015
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