Josh Dugan

Josh Dugan (born 10 May 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the St. George Illawarra Dragons of the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin representative fullback and centre, he previously played for the Canberra Raiders.


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Playing career
    • 2.1 2009
    • 2.2 2010
    • 2.3 2011
    • 2.4 2012
    • 2.5 2013
    • 2.6 2014
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Early years

Born in Tuggeranong, Australian Capital Territory, Dugan played his junior football for the Valley Dragons and South Tuggeranong Knights before being signed by the Canberra Raiders. After being signed by the Raiders, Dugan played in their NYC team in 2008 and 2009, scoring 25 tries and kicking 107 goals in 25 games. Dugan played in the Raiders' NYC Grand Final win over the Brisbane Broncos, scoring a try and kicking 4 goals.

Playing career


In Round 4 of the 2009 NRL season, Dugan made his NRL debut for the Canberra Raiders against the North Queensland Cowboys, playing at fullback in the Raiders 23-18 win at Canberra Stadium. After his debut, he established his position at fullback in the Raiders' NRL team. In Round 21 against the Brisbane Broncos, Dugan scored his first NRL career try in the Raiders demolishing 56-0 win at Canberra Stadium. Dugan finished the season, 8th in the NRL in tackle breaks, 110, 1st in average running metres per game, 191.5, 7th in total running metres, 3064, 1st in average kick return metres per game, 82.5 and finished 3rd in overall kick return metres, 1321, only behind Billy Slater and Jarryd Hayne. He was also short-listed for the Dally M Rookie of the Year Award in what was an impressive debut season. At the conclusion of the season, Dugan was named the Raiders' Rookie of the Year and was the joint winner of the Mal Meninga Medal for the Raiders Player of the Year Award for 2009 along with Josh Miller. Dugan finished his debut year in the NRL in the Raiders 2009 NRL season with him playing in 16 matches, scoring 1 try and kicking 5 goals. In September 2009, he played for the Prime Minister's XIII team against Papua New Guinea.


In May 2010, Dugan was selected for the Country Origin team to play in the annual City vs Country Origin match. He scored a try on debut and was named the Man of the Match. On 7 June 2010, Dugan was named in the 21-man squad for the New South Wales team for Game 3 of the 2010 State of Origin series. However, he was not selected to play in the match after Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne was cleared over a separate off-field incident. On 13 July 2010, Dugan re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract, ending speculation he was headed to the Sydney Roosters. In Round 19 against the Newcastle Knights, Dugan scored a hatrick in the Raiders 52-18 win at Canberra Stadium. Dugan finished the Raiders 2010 NRL season with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 13 tries.


On 12 February 2011, Dugan was selected for the NRL All Stars in the annual All Stars Match, scoring a try on debut and won the publicly voted Preston Campbell Medal for Man of the Match. In May 2011, Dugan was again selected for the Country Origin team, playing at fullback in Country's 18-12 win at Albury. Dugan played fullback for New South Wales in Game 1 of the 2011 State of Origin series as the Blues lost 16-12 at Suncorp Stadium. He finished the 2011 NRL season with him playing in 13 matches and scoring 6 tries.


In February, Dugan was again selected for the NRL All Stars, scoring a try in the 28-36 loss to the Indigenous All Stars. Dugan finished the 2012 NRL season with him playing in 17 matches and scoring 6 tries.


On 14 March, Dugan had his Raiders contract terminated following a string of off-field incidents. In April 2013, he was set to sign a $2m, three-year deal with the Brisbane Broncos until a outburst on social media website Instagram cost him a contract. On 10 May 2013, Dugan signed a contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons for the remainder of the 2013 NRL season. In Round 10 he made his debut for the Dragons against the Parramatta Eels, scoring two tries in the Dragons 32-12 win at WIN Stadium. Dugan was selected to play for New South Wales in Game II and Game lll of the 2013 State of Origin series. On 2 August 2013, Dugan extended his contract with the Dragons for 4 years that will he remain with the club till the end of the 2017 season. Dugan finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in 10 matches, scoring 6 tries and kicking 11 goals.


In 14 February 2014, Dugan was selected in the Dragons inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad. In Round 13 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, he made a move to the centres and scored a hatrick in the Dragons 30-0 win at WIN Stadium. Subsequently, Dugan was chosen to play at Centre for Game 2 of the 2014 State of Origin series alongside Will Hopoate. Dugan had a solid match in the Blues 6-4 win resulting the Blues breaking their 8 year losing streak to Queensland. In Game 3 of the series, Dugan scored his first try in origin level in the 32-8 loss at Suncorp Stadium. In Round 23 against his former club, the Canberra Raiders, Dugan scored a try in the Dragons 34-16 win, the Dragons first win in Canberra since Round 14 in the 2000 NRL season. In the Dragons last match of the seasonagainst the Newcastle Knights, Dugan was sinned binned for 10 minutes after he got into a punch-up with Knights halfback Tyrone Roberts. He finished off the Dragons 2014 NRL season with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 10 tries. On 9 September 2014, Dugan was selected for the Australia Kangaroos Four Nations train on squad.


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Playing Statistics

National Rugby League

St. George Illawarra Dragons

Played Tries Goals Field Goals Kicking % Points Won Lost Drawn Win %  
1 0 0/0 0 % 0 0 1 0 0.00 More Detail

State of Origin 2015

New South Wales Blues

Played Tries Goals Field Goals Kicking % Points Won Lost Drawn Win %  
3 1 0/0 0 % 4 1 2 0 33.33 More Detail

Anzac Test

Australia Kangaroos

Played Tries Goals Field Goals Kicking % Points Won Lost Drawn Win %  
1 0 0/0 0 % 0 0 1 0 0.00 More Detail