Cory Paterson in 2009
|Born||14 July 1987|
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Height||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (15 st 10 lb)|
He previously played for the Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers in the NRL and Hull Kingston Rovers, Leigh Centurions and the Salford Red Devils in the Super League. He played for the Toronto Wolfpack in the Betfred Championship, before leaving the club at the end of the 2018 season. He is also a professional boxer.
Paterson was born in Perth, Western Australia.
After playing junior rugby league in his home town of Perth, Western Australia, with South Perth Lions. Paterson then attended St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton and in 2005 represented Australia at schoolboy level.
At the end of the 2008 season, Paterson was selected in the Prime Minister's XIII to play the Papua New Guinea national team in Port Moresby. He then toured the United States to visit a number of NFL clubs and trial for the Oakland Raiders as a punter. Paterson suffered depression during the 2009 season, causing him to miss some NRL matches, but returned to good form on the field in 2010 season, when he was selected for the Indigenous All Stars squad. In 2011, Paterson represented the Indigenous All Stars again, but midway through the season he was released from his contract by the Knights, a decision made by the club's incoming coach Wayne Bennett.
After being released by Newcastle, Paterson almost immediately signed for the North Queensland Cowboys, on a contract to play for the remainder of the 2011 season and two additional seasons. Paterson was told by the Knights that he was not part of their long term plans and was free to look elsewhere for 2011 and beyond. Paterson converted to Islam during the 2011 season, requiring him to fast during daylight hours in the month of August, co-inciding with the Cowboys run-in to the NRL finals series. Paterson is close to former professional rugby league footballer Anthony Mundine and current prominent rugby league player Sonny Bill Williams, who both converted to Islam. He sought advice on fasting as a professional rugby league player from Hazem El-Masri, a devout Muslim who played over 300 first-grade matches for the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Paterson played 7 games for the Cowboys in his first (half) season with the club, he was a member of their qualifying finals series team and scored 4 tries, including a double against the Wests Tigers.
Paterson started the 2012 season of playing representative football for the Indigenous All Stars against the NRL All Stars team, he then played in only 2 NRL matches for the North Queensland Cowboys after half the season had finished (starting in both, scoring one try) due to injuries and indifferent form.
Hull Kingston Rovers
Paterson coached the Hawaiian All-stars rugby league representative team in their match against Queensland Indigenous at Oahu, Hawaii on 27 October 2012. The match occurred during the 2012 Haida Gwaii earthquake, while tsunami alerts were issued for the islands.
While at Hull KR, Paterson formed a successful combination with Michael Dobson. However, it has been reported he has sought an early release from the club to be with his family in Australia.
It was announced in August 2013 that Paterson would join NRL club Wests Tigers on a one-year deal starting in 2014. At the end of the 2014 NRL season and after a total of 96 NRL appearances, Paterson announced his rugby league retirement to pursue his dream of a professional heavyweight boxing career.
At the end of 2014, Paterson ended his brief rugby league retirement and agreed to a 1-year deal to play for the Super League club Salford for the 2015 season. It saw him reunite with former teammate Michael Dobson. The deal includes the option of a second season at Salford.
On 5 October 2012, Paterson made a successful boxing début against Anton Tuilotolava. On 12 November 2014, he won his second fight, on the undercard of the Mundine-Rabchenko fight, against Michael Lua Tama by 1st-round TKO. It was his first fight since retiring from rugby league to begin a career in boxing.
|2 wins (2 knockouts, 0 decision), 0 loss, 0 draws|
|Win||2–0||Michael Tamalemai||TKO||1 (4)||2014-11-12||Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Win||1–0||Anton Tuilotolava||KO||2 (4)||2012-10-05||Newcastle Panthers Club, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia|
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