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Alan Tongue (born 13 October 1980) in (Tamworth, New South Walesmarker) is a professional rugby league player who is the current captain of the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. His position of choice is at lock.

Early years

While attending Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in 1998, Tongue was selected to play for his adopted country in the Australian Schoolboys team.

Playing career

Tongue is a 10 year veteran at Canberra, making his debut in 2000 and winning the Raiders' Rookie of the Year award after joining the club in 1998. He spent the majority of his early years moving between the backrow, hooker and the interchange bench. He established his position within the side in 2005, and in 2006 Tongue broke the record for most tackles in the regular season with 1,087. The next highest ranking player was Nathan Hindmarsh with 911. Tongue was also voted the Raider's Player of the Year in 2006.

At the end of the 2008 NRL regular season, Tongue was awarded Dally M recognition for Lock of the Year and Captain of the Year after leading the Raiders to 6th on the competition ladder. Tongue was also named in the Prime Minister's XIII at the end of 2008.

Representative career

Although Tongue is of Papua New Guinean heritage and proud of it he chose to play for his adopted country when he was selected for Country in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.

References

  1. Tongue ties up top spot
  2. Tongue tied with the Raiders until 2010
  3. Tongue named in PM'S XIII


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