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July 15, 2019

Benji Marshall and Gavin Cooper join 300 Club

Wests Tigers’ Benji Marshall and North Queensland’s Gavin Cooper joined an illustrious list of players on Sunday – with the pair playing their 300th NRL match on the same day.

Cooper brought up the milestone in his side’s 15-12 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium, while Marshall’s Wests Tigers went down to the Eels 30-18 at BankWest Stadium.

With Cooper and Marshall joining the 300 Club it brings the total number of players to achieve this feat to just 38.

Cooper made his NRL debut in 2006 for North Queensland – playing just the one season before stints at the Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers.

The 33-year-old returned to the Cowboys in 2011 and has also since represented Queensland, the Prime Minister’s XIII and the World All Stars.

Marshall made his debut in 2003 for Wests Tigers – playing 11 seasons for the joint venture before joining the Auckland Blues for a brief stint in Super Rugby.

The Kiwi International returned to the NRL in 2014 with the St George Illawarra Dragons and later the Brisbane Broncos – before returning ‘home’ to the Wests Tigers in 2018.

The 34-year-old has also enjoyed significant success in the representative arena – with 28 Tests for the Kiwis and four games for the NRL All Stars.

The RLPA would like to congratulate both Marshall and Cooper on reaching this significant milestone and recognise the contribution both players have made to the game of Rugby League.

THE 300 CLUB (38 players)

400      Cameron Smith (Melbourne) 2002-2019

362      Cooper Cronk (Melbourne, Sydney Roosters) 2004-2019

355      Darren Lockyer (Brisbane) 1995-2011

350      Terry Lamb (Western Suburbs, Canterbury) 1980-1996

349      Steve Menzies (Manly, Northern Eagles) 1993-2008

347      Corey Parker (Brisbane) 2001-2016

339      Paul Gallen (Cronulla) 2001-2019

338      Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers, Cronulla, Newcastle) 2003-2018

336      Brad Fittler (Penrith, Sydney Roosters) 1989-2004

332      Cliff Lyons (North Sydney, Manly) 1985-1999

330      Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta) 1998-2012

328      Andrew Ettingshausen (Cronulla) 1983-2000

326      Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne, Warriors) 2003-2018

325      Geoff Gerard (Parramatta, Manly, Penrith) 1974-1989

325      John Sutton (South Sydney) 2004-2019

324      Luke Lewis (Penrith, Cronulla) 2001-2018

323      Johnathan Thurston (Bulldogs, North Queensland) 2002-2018

319      Billy Slater (Melbourne) 2003-2018

318      Jason Croker (Canberra) 1991-2006

317      Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) 1996-2009

315      Paul Langmack (Cant, Western Sub, East Sub) 1983-1999

315      Luke Priddis (Canberra, Bris, Pen, St George Ill) 1997-2010

313      Steve Price (Bulldogs, Warriors) 1994-2009

313      Brent Kite (St George Illawarra, Manly, Penrith) 2002-2015

312      Ruben Wiki  (Canberra, Warriors) 1993-2008

309      Petero Civoniceva (Brisbane, Penrith) 1998-2012

308      Darius Boyd (Brisbane, St George Ill, Newc) 2006-2019

307      Brett Kimmorley (Newc, Hun, Melb, N Eag, Cron, C’bury) 1995-2010

304      Sam Thaiday  (Brisbane) 2003-2018

303      Anthony Watmough (Northern Eagles, Manly, Parramatta)2002-2015

303      Adam Blair (Melbourne, Wests Tigers, Bris, Warriors) 2006-2019

302      Anthony Minichiello (Sydney Roosters) 2000-2014

301      Luke Ricketson (Sydney Roosters) 1991-2005

301      Simon Mannering (Warriors) 2005-2018

300      Scott Prince (Nth Qld, Bris, Wests Tigers, Gold C’st) 1998-2013

300      John Morris (Newc, Parra, Wests Tigers, Cron) 2001-2014

300      Gavin Cooper (North Qld, Gold Coast, Penrith) 2006-2019

300      Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers, St Geo Ill, Brisbane) 2003-2019

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