Jim Dymock

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Jim Dymock (born 4 April 1972 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league international of Tongan heritage who played for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Canterbury Bulldogs, Parramatta Eels and London Broncos. His preferred playing positions were lock and five-eighth.

He is currently the assistant coach of the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Playing career

Dymock began playing Rugby League as an Eastern Suburbs junior with Woolloomooloo Warriors and then Paddington Colts. He then switched to the South Sydney juniors competition. He played for Zetland Magpies alongside players such as Jim Sedaris, Terry Hill who went on to make 1st Grade also. He represented Souths in their S.G. Ball and Jersey Flegg teams.

Dymock began his first-grade club career in 1991 at Western Suburbs, opposing Wally Lewis and scoring two tries in his debut. He played 31 times for the club, but was "glad to go" after troubles with his manager while at Wests.[1]

In 1993, Dymock joined Canterbury Bulldogs. During the 1995 season, Dymock, along with Dean Pay, Jason Smith and Jarrod McCracken reneged on their Australian Super League contracts, giving 'unfair inducement' as their reason which was later supported in the courts. Although Dymock chose to sign with the Australian Rugby League (ARL) competition, he remained with the Bulldogs for the 1995 season and contributed to the club's grand final win over Manly. Dymock won the Clive Churchill Medal for man-of-the-match.

Dymock joined the ARL-aligned Parramatta for the start of the 1996 season. He played for the Eels during the rest of the Super League war and the unification of the Super League and ARL into the current National Rugby League competition. He played 112 games for Parramatta between 1996-2000.

Dymock left the Eels and Australia at the end of 2000 season, he joined English Super League club London Broncos in time for the 2001 season. He enjoyed 4 seasons at the Broncos. He ended his playing career at the end of the 2004 season after playing 95 games for London.

Representative career

Dymock represented Tonga at the 1994 Pacific Cup and in 1995.[2]

Dymock was selected to represent New South Wales as an interchange for all three games of the 1996 State of Origin series. In 1997, he was selected at five-eighth for games I and II of the 1997 series, scoring a try in game II and he was chosen to play at lock in game III of the 1998 State of Origin.

Dymock also played six times between 1995-1996 for Australia. He was part of the successful Australian squad that won the 1995 Rugby League World Cup in England.

Post-playing career

Dymock assisted head coach Ricky Stuart at the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. He later returned to the Bulldogs. Dymock is also the head coach of the Tongan national rugby league team that has qualified for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. On 14 July 2011, Jim Dymock was announced as the Bulldogs new head coach, after Kevin Moore stood down from the position.[3] However, on 14 November 2011, Dymock was replaced by Des Hasler.[4]

References

  • Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 609. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.

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