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Carl Ablett
DOB19th Dec 1985
BirthplaceLeeds, England
Height1.83 m (6' 0")
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
PositionBack Row / Outside Back
HonoursEngland
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LEEDS RHINOS DEBUT: v London Broncos 18.07.04

2014 was an outstanding year for Carl Ablett, who won the Challenge Cup, was named runner up in the Rhinos Player of the Year awards and was included in the Super League Dream team for the first time.

An athletic and skilful player, Carl can play in a number of positions, and this versatility has proved invaluable for the Rhinos in recent years, playing at loose forward, centre and in the second row.

Leeds born, he joined the Academy in 2001 from Middleton, having also previously played with Hunslet Parkside, when he was 16 and just two years later he was part of the Rhinos Academy Grand Final winning squad. He broke through to the senior side in 2004, making a substitute appearance in the 36 all draw with London Broncos at the age of 19, becoming the 100th player to represent Leeds in the Super League era.

He had played a vital role in the Senior Academy side for a number of years and in 2005 he helped the team to victory in the First Division Grand Final, scoring seven tries in his 15 appearances throughout the campaign. He ended the year gaining useful experience, when he spent a month on loan with London Broncos.

The following season Carl was named in the 2006 squad just outside the top 20 and he did not have long to wait to get first team action, making his Headingley Carnegie debut off the bench in the Rhinos 66-14 win over Castleford. An injury during the season limited Carl’s appearances, but in the six games he put in some solid performances.

During the 2008 season he was pressed into emergency cover at centre following season long injuries to Clinton Toopi and Ashley Gibson. Ablett not only filled the gap but excelled in the position as he was cleverly rotated by coach Brian McClennan with Gareth Ellis, to remain fresh and effective. He made 30 appearances in total, including his 50th appearance for the club in the Grand Final. He also became a father for the first time to daughter Ruby.

In 2009 he was able to move back to his preferred position in the second row and he became a mainstay of the team, missing just one game all season and only two of his appearances came as replacement. He started the Grand Final in 2009 and collected his third Championship in his 81st appearance.

After celebrating the start of the New Year with a four year contract, there was frustration for second rower Carl Ablett during the 2010 season, with two injuries ruling him out of action for part of the campaign. He returned though to the side to help them in their push to the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final. In total he made 21 appearances and scored 3 tries over the campaign.

An outstanding 2011 season saw Carl score tries in the Challenge Cup and Grand Finals. He once again proved his versatility playing at centre and his form saw him called into the England squad for the first time for the Four Nations in 2011, but missed out on final selection.

The 2012 season was another exceptional year for Carl, who scored a try in the World Club Challenge and Grand Final to help the club to two more titles.  He made his England debut against the Exiles and ended the season as part of the England Autumn international squad.

In his early playing days he won representative honours with the England Academy at U17 and U18 level and was part of the side who won the Australian Test match.  In 2013 he played for England in the World Cup and was a surprise exclusion from the 2014 Four Nations squad following his superb season for the Rhinos.

Alongside his commitments to the first team, Carl is also gaining experience as a coach of the Rhinos Under 15s team. 

His childhood heroes were Adrian Morley and Ellery Hanley. He credits his academy coaches Stuart Wilkinson and Mick Cook as being the greatest influence on his game.

 
Date Opposition Tries Goal FG YC RC Pts Mins
08/02/2015
Hull Kingston Rovers







13/02/2015
Widnes Vikings







26/02/2015
Huddersfield Giants
1




4

05/03/2015
Hull FC







13/03/2015
Warrington Wolves







20/03/2015
Wigan Warriors







28/03/2015
Catalans Dragons
1




4

03/04/2015
Castleford Tigers







06/04/2015
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats







12/04/2015
Salford Red Devils







17/04/2015
St Helens







24/04/2015
Warrington Wolves







30/04/2015
Huddersfield Giants
1




4

10/05/2015
Widnes Vikings







16/05/2015
Huddersfield Giants
1




4

22/05/2015
Hull Kingston Rovers







30/05/2015
Wigan Warriors







07/06/2015
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
1




4

11/06/2015
Castleford Tigers
1




4

21/06/2015
Hull FC
1




4

26/06/2015
Hull FC







03/07/2015
St Helens
1




4

09/07/2015
Wigan Warriors







17/07/2015
Salford Red Devils
2




8

26/07/2015
Catalans Dragons







31/07/2015
St Helens







07/08/2015
Warrington Wolves
1




4

14/08/2015
Wigan Warriors







21/08/2015
Hull FC
1




4

Total Played 29 12
0
0
0
0
48
0
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesGoalFGYCRCPts
2015 - Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
3
1




4
2015 - Super League
Leeds Rhinos
26
11




44
2015 Total

29
12




48
2014 - Super League
Leeds Rhinos
24
10




40
2014 - Tetley's Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
4
2




8
2014 Total

28
12




48
2013 - Super League
Leeds Rhinos
25
5




20
2013 - Tetley's Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
2






2013 - World Club Challenge
Leeds Rhinos
1






2013 Total

28
5




20
2012 - Carnegie Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
4
1




4
2012 - Stobart Super League
Leeds Rhinos
29
11




44
2012 - World Club Challenge
Leeds Rhinos
1
1




4
2012 Total

34
13




52
2011 - Carnegie Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
5
3




12
2011 - engage Super League
Leeds Rhinos
26
6




24
2011 Total

31
9




36
2010 - Carnegie Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
2 +1
1




4
2010 - engage Super League
Leeds Rhinos
15 +3
2




8
2010 Total

17 +4
3




12
2009 - Carnegie Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
1






2009 - engage Super League
Leeds Rhinos
27 +2
7


1

28
2009 - World Club Challenge
Leeds Rhinos
1






2009 Total

29 +2
7


1

28
2008 - Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
3 +1






2008 - Super League
Leeds Rhinos
16 +9
5




20
2008 - World Club Challenge
Leeds Rhinos
0 +1






2008 Total

19 +11
5




20
2007 - Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
0 +1
1




4
2007 - Super League
Leeds Rhinos
0 +12
1




4
2007 Total

0 +13
2




8
2006 - Challenge Cup
Leeds Rhinos
0 +1
2




8
2006 - Super League
Leeds Rhinos
0 +5






2006 Total

0 +6
2




8
2004 - Super League
Leeds Rhinos
0 +1






2004 Total

0 +1






Total - Ladbrokes Challenge Cup

24 +4
11




44
Total - Super League

188 +32
58


1

232
Total - World Club Challenge

3 +1
1




4
Total

215 +37
70
0
0
1
0
280
A plus sign (+) in the played column denotes substitute appearance
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