Willie Mason

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
William Marshall Mason
Born
Tuesday, 15th April, 1980
Current Age
38 years and 214 days
Place Of Birth
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Awards & Accolades

Clive Churchill Medal
2004

Biography

NZ-born, but a Newcastle junior (Toronto, Lakes United), Willie Mason represented the Hunter Mariners’ junior rep team in the club’s sole season in the Super League competition in 1997. Signing with the Bulldogs, he was largely used from the interchange bench during his debut season. Mason represented Tonga (his mother’s nationality) in the 2000 World Cup but secured a regular first grade position with the Bulldogs the following year. He became something of a cult figure in 2002 with his afro hairstyle, but there was no denying his value as an impact player; his galloping runs, and his ability to off-load the ball by using his huge frame to hit the advantage line, marked him as a representative player of the future. Mason didn’t have long to wait - making his Test debut against Great Britain in July 2002 despite the fact that he played no part in the State of Origin series that year. Although the Bulldogs were stripped of their competition points and did not compete in the play-offs Mason represented Australia again in the Test win against NZ in October. 2003 brought an ANZac Test, a State of Origin debut and a Kangaroo Tour, but not the premiership title the Bulldogs thought was owed to them. That came, belatedly, at the end of the controversial 2004 season. Mason produced a masterly display of controlled aggression in the 16-13 win over the Roosters. The towering forward, an automatic selection for the Australian Test team after NSW’s dominance of the State of Origin series, then played in 5 Tests in the Tri Nations competition. His season had a jarring end, however, when he injured his ankle on the artificial playing surface in the international match against the USA in Philadelphia in December. In the ensuing seasons Mason stamped his reputation as a world class forward leader for the Bulldogs, NSW and Australia. In the opening match of the 2006 Tri-Nations series Mason took it upon himself to taunt the ‘Kiwi’ players (especially Australian born Brent Webb) during their haka and although he suffered an eye socket injury for his troubles (courtesy of David Kidwell). He missed a match through injury and was suspended for another match for striking a Great Britain opponent but had the final say when he played a major role in Australia’s 16-12 extra-time victory over NZ in the final.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Tonga 2000 3 2 -   - 8 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Australia 2002-08 24 7 -   - 28 19 4 1 79.17% Match list
Overall 2000-2008 27 9 0   0 36 20 6 1 74.07% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 2002-2003 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 2003 1 0 0   0 1 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Tonga 2000 3 2 -   - 8 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 2000 3 2 0   0 8 1 2 0 33.33% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 2003-04, 2006-08 13 1 -   - 4 5 8 0 38.46% Match list
NSW Country 2003-04, 2010, 2013 4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
NRL All Stars 2013 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 2003-2013 18 1 0   0 4 8 10 0 44.44% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Bulldogs NRL 2000 11 - -   - - 4 7 0 36.36% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2001 23 3 -   - 12 14 7 2 60.87% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2002 21 10 -   - 40 18 3 0 85.71% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2003 24 11 -   - 44 14 10 0 58.33% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2004 25 5 -   - 20 20 5 0 80.00% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2005 9 - -   - - 3 6 0 33.33% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2006 20 4 -   - 16 14 6 0 70.00% Match list
Bulldogs NRL 2007 15 3 -   - 12 6 9 0 40.00% Match list
Sydney NRL 2008 20 4 -   - 16 12 8 0 60.00% Match list
Sydney NRL 2009 20 4 -   - 16 4 16 0 20.00% Match list
North Queensland NRL 2010 23 1 -   - 4 4 19 0 17.39% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2012 17 1 -   - 4 7 10 0 41.18% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2013 22 - -   - - 12 10 0 54.55% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2014 21 1 -   - 4 9 12 0 42.86% Match list
Manly Warringah NRL 2015 20 1 -   - 4 9 11 0 45.00% Match list
Overall 2000-2015 291 48 0   0 192 150 139 2 51.55% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 2000-07 148 36 -   - 144 93 53 2 62.84% Match list
Sydney 2008-09 40 8 -   - 32 16 24 0 40.00% Match list
North Queensland 2010 23 1 -   - 4 4 19 0 17.39% Match list
Newcastle 2012-14 60 2 -   - 8 28 32 0 46.67% Match list
Manly Warringah 2015 20 1 -   - 4 9 11 0 45.00% Match list
Overall 2000-2015 291 48 0   0 192 150 139 2 51.55% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 2000-2007 13 1 -   - 4 5 8 0 38.46% Match list
Newcastle 2012-2013 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 2001-2013 16 1 0   0 4 7 9 0 43.75% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Hull Kingston Rovers Super League XVI 2011 6 1 -   - 4 2 4 0 33.33% Match list
Catalans Super League XXI 2016 14 1 -   - 4 10 4 0 71.43% Match list
Catalans Challenge Cup 2016 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 2011-2016 22 2 0   0 8 13 9 0 59.09% Match list

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Hull Kingston Rovers 2011 6 1 -   - 4 2 4 0 33.33% Match list
Catalans 2016 16 1 -   - 4 11 5 0 68.75% Match list
Overall 2011-2016 22 2 0   0 8 13 9 0 59.09% Match list

Your Say

Anonymous says: Nothing but a 100 % pure machine . We love your style willie. Rock on (15/05/2016)

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Last modified: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:28:50 +0000 (Sydney time)