Nathan William Hindmarsh
(born 7 September 1979 in Bowral, New South Wales
-Attractions:Bowral is perhaps the best known of the towns and villages of the Southern Highlands, and in recent years has become the commercial centre of the Wingecarribee Shire. Bowral is known for its boutiques, antique stores, gourmet restaurants, and rich coffee culture.Bowral is home to the...
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) is an Australian professional rugby league
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footballer who captains the Parramatta Eels
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in the National Rugby League
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and the Australian Prime Minister's XIII
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. A New South Wales State of Origin
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and Australian international representative second-row forward, he has played his entire career to date at the Eels, in 2010 breaking the record for most games with the club.
Of Scottish descent, Hindmarsh played for the junior club, Robertson
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near Moss Vale as part of Group 6 in the Country Rugby League.
Hindmarsh plays for the Parramatta Eels and is considered a leading player for the club given his experience at club and representative level. His brother Ian Hindmarsh
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used to play for the Eels in the same position as Nathan. He is the current co-holder (with Shaun Fensom
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) of the world record for the most tackles made in a single game: in Round 23 of the 2007 NRL season he made 75 tackles against the Melbourne Storm
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. He is also believed to be the first player to make 10,000 tackles in the NRL.
At his peak (2004–2006) Hindmarsh was considered the best second-rower in the NRL by the Dally M judges. He was an automatic pick for NSW and Australia from 2004 to 2007 and was often picked alongside Craig Fitzgibbon
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. After a courageous performance in the 2009 NRL Grand Final, Nathan Hindmarsh earned a well-deserved Test recall after two years of being overlooked for representative honours. He was appointed co-captain of the Parramatta Eels in 2010, with Nathan Cayless, becoming sole captain for the 2011 season following Cayless's retirement.
Hindmarsh and his wife Bonnie Scott have three sons, Archie, Buster and Rowdie. He is a keen indoor cricketer.
- NRL Career: 307 games (As of 3rd September 2011) 1998–present
- Parramatta Career: 307 games (Most First Grade games played for Parramatta) 1998–present
- First Grade Debut: Parramatta v Adelaide Rams
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at Parkes, 16 May 1998 (Round 10)
- Average Tackle Count – 49.91 (2011)
- 58 Tries
- 230 Points
- First player in NRL history to achieve 10,000 tackles
- Third player in NRL history and first Parramatta player to pass 30,000 running, attacking metres
- 17 games for NSW 2001–10;
- 23 Tests for Australia 2000–09;
- World Cup 2000, Tri-Nations 2004, Tri-Nations 2006, Four Nations 2009
- Prime Ministers XIII 2005, 2008, 2011(Captain)
- Provan Summons medal winner 2005-2008, 2011
- Dally M Second Rower of Year 2001, 2004–2006
- International Forward of the Year 2004