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Name  Matt Ballin
Career start  2007
Weight  88 kg

Height  1.79 m
Role  Rugby Player
Positions  Hooker
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Matthew Ballin (born 5 January 1984 in Nanango, Queensland) is a former Australian professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League. He has played one game for Queensland in State of Origin. He played at hooker and previously played for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won the 2008 and 2011 Premierships.

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Early years

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Although he was born in Nanango, Ballin grew up in Kingaroy and attended Kingaroy State High School where his father was the school principal.

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Ballin played his junior football with the Kingaroy Red Ants, and although he played in the lower grades with the Brisbane Broncos, he did not play first grade for the club.

2005-2014

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Ballin signed with Sydney based club Manly-Warringah and made his NRL debut in Round 2 of the 2007 NRL season when the Sea Eagles defeated the Wests Tigers 19-8 at Leichhardt Oval, scoring a try in his first grade debut.

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He played in Manly's record breaking 40-0 victory over the Melbourne Storm in the 2008 NRL Grand Final where he was the game's first try scorer.

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Ballin played in the 2011 NRL Grand Final giving Ballin his second NRL premiership as a player.

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Coming off contract at the end of season 2012, rumours were rampant that Ballin would be a casualty of Manly's post-premiership(s) salary cap pressures, with the Canberra Raiders the front runners to secure his signature. However, after the departure of test back rower Tony Williams to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Manly were able to re-sign Ballin, and Fullback Brett Stewart, to new long term contracts keeping them at the club until the end of the 2015 and 2016 seasons respectively, effectively ensuring both remain one-club players.

Ballin played every game for Manly in 2012 and finished the season as the league's leading tackler.

2015

In mid-2015, Ballin signed a two-year extension of his contract that would see him remain at Manly until the end of 2017. However, just a couple of months later he was one of 14 players who were reportedly told that he would not be required at the club beyond 2015. Additionally, Manly had signed South Sydney's 2014 premiership hooker Api Koroisau from Penrith as well as Brisbane Broncos hooker Matt Parcell. Ballin vowed to stay where he was and fight for his spot, even going so far as to say that he was prepared to play in Manly's New South Wales Cup team if it meant staying with the club. However in Manly's shock 20-16 home loss to Parramatta in Round 24 of the 2015 season, Ballin suffered his second season-ending injury in consecutive years when he tore the ACL in his left knee. On 3 November, despite earlier stating he would fight for his spot at the Sea Eagles, Ballin signed a 2-year contract with the Wests Tigers starting in 2016.

2016

Returning from injury, Ballin did not make his debut for Wests Tigers until round 11. Soon after he suffered another season-ending ACL injury. "I played two NRL games and once in reserve grade – and I felt I contributed in those games – but obviously it wasn't enough footy. I want to be a bigger part of the team this year and play a lot more games. It's been an empty feeling sitting on the sidelines and not being able to help my teammates. When these things happen I suppose you learn to help them in different ways," he said.

2017

Ballin made only one appearance for the Wests Tigers during the 2017 season. On June 26, 2017, Ballin announced his immediate retirement from the NRL due to chronic injuries.

Representative career

In April 2009, he was named in the preliminary 25 man squad to represent Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009. However he did not make an appearance.

In 2010, with injury to Melbourne's Cameron Smith, Ballin was named in the Queensland side and played in Game 1 of the series at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, won 28-24 by the Maroons. With Smith returning from injury, Ballin wasn't considered for the rest of the series, though he was on standby for the team should Smith's injury re-occur.

Personal life

Ballin was voted the 2008 Adidas "Sexiest Man in League".

He also works as a personal fitness trainer specialising in fitness and weight loss.

Ballin is an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador for the Australian Government.

References

Matt Ballin Wikipedia


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