|Position: Second Row, Prop
|Squad Number: 12
|Born: 12th April 1974
|Signed: For 2006 from South
|Previous Clubs: South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney
|Wigan Debut: 10th March 2006 - Wigan 12 Warrington
Wigan signed Bryan Fletcher from NRL side South Sydney ahead of the 2006
season on a 2 year contract.
He comes with a great pedigree having represented Australia eight times
(including the 2000 World Cup) and also New South Wales (14 times) in
State of Origin.
Bryan's career began at Sydney Roosters where a very
strong and successful media push last year that saw Fletcher rise from a
Roosters bench player in 1998 to a Test player in 1999.
With that media push came outstanding performances and
back in 2000 one website claimed he was "the next best second rower in the world
after Gorden Tallis".
During his time at the Roosters Fletcher played in two NRL Grand Finals. He
lost the first in 2000 to Brisbane before winning in 2002 against New Zealand
Warriors. Injury ruled him out of a third final appearance in 2003 and after
that he left them to join Souths for 2004.
His Wigan career has got off to the worst possible start. In January he was
taken to hospital for emergency bowel surgery. The injury ruled him out until Round 5 of the 2006 season.
He made his Wigan debut on 10th March 2006 in a 12-24 home loss to Warrington as a 19th minute substitute, scoring his first Wigan try just three minutes later.
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