Greg Eastwood

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Greg Eastwood (born 10 March 1987) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand international representative forward, he previously played in the NRL for the Brisbane Broncos, and in Super League for the Leeds Rhinos.

Background

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Eastwood played his junior football for the Manurewa Marlins in South Auckland before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos as a schoolboy.

Playing career

Brisbane Broncos

In Round 26 of the 2005 NRL season, Eastwood made his NRL debut for the Broncos against the Parramatta Eels. He played in most of the 2006 Brisbane Broncos season's games but was not selected for the 2006 NRL Grand final win over the Melbourne Storm. As 2006 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to face 2006 Super League champions, St Helens RLFC in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Eastwood played from the interchange bench in the Broncos' 14-18 loss. In the 2007 ANZAC Test, Eastwood made his international debut for New Zealand from the bench. He was also selected to go on the 2007 All Golds tour.

Eastwood playing for the Broncos in 2008
Eastwood was a member of the 2008 World Cup-winning New Zealand Kiwis team and played in all of their matches, including the final win against Australia.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

After three seasons in Brisbane, Eastwood signed with Leeds Rhinos of the Super League for the 2009 season, however his visa to play in the United Kingdom (UK) was denied.[1] While his visa was being appealed, the New Zealand Warriors and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, along with several other NRL clubs, expressed interest in signing him.[2][3] Eastwood eventually signed with the Bulldogs on loan for the 2009 season.

Eastwood made his debut for the Bulldogs in Round 2 of the 2009 NRL season against the Penrith Panthers. Eastwood scored a try.[4]

Leeds Rhinos

Leeds successfully appealed the decision to deny his visa to play in the UK, and Eastwood joined the Rhinos for the 2010 Super League season.[5] However on 29 July 2010, Eastwood announced his intentions to leave the Rhinos at the end of the 2010 Super League season, stating that he was seeking a return to the NRL for the 2011 season because he had struggled to settle in the UK.[6] In August 2010, Eastwood announced that he would be returning to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2011.[7][8] Eastwood later played from the bench in the 2010 Challenge Cup final which the Rhinos lost to Warrington Wolves.

Return to the Bulldogs

Eastwood re-commenced playing in the NRL in the 2011 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs season. He played in the 2012 NRL Grand final loss to the Melbourne Storm.

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