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Clint Newton

General President

Clint Newton is the Chair and General President of the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA). The players elected him RLPA General President in 2013 and in 2015 he assumed the additional role of Chair.

Clint was born in America, where his father Jack Newton OAM was one of Australia’s leading professional golfers.

The family relocated to Newcastle in 1983 where Clint progressed through the local Newcastle junior rugby league ranks with ambitions of playing first grade for Newcastle. He realised his dream in 2001 when he made his NRL debut for the Knights before going on to play 100 NRL games with the Club.

In 2007 he joined the Melbourne Storm with whom he played 15 first grade games including the team’s victorious NRL Premiership Grand Final. The next year Clint headed to the UK Super League, playing 100 games for the Hull Kingston Rovers between 2008 and 2011. The Penrith Panthers lured him back to Australia and the NRL in 2012 where he would play 46 games over a two year period.

Clint represented the USA in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, helping the team "Shock the World", when they progressed to the quarter-finals in their first World Cup appearance.

In 2014 Clint returned to his hometown of Newcastle to play the remaining two years of his career and in 2015 was Captain of the Knights' NSW Cup side that won the Grand Final. He also works in a mentoring capacity with young players coming through the ranks.

He has been a proud and passionate advocate in his role as a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2012 promoting the importance of men taking responsibility and playing a leadership role in preventing men’s violence against women.

A committed family man, Clint lives in Newcastle with his partner Carly and their young daughter, Hope.

Clint is motivated to be a positive influence in his community and is honoured to be associated with the Australian Childhood Foundation supporting its work to save children from the trauma of abuse and neglect.