Craig Wing is a former Australian rugby league star and is now currently playing rugby union in Japan for Kobelco Steelers and the Japan National Team. A former New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international utility player, Wing played for South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters through out his decadent NRL career.
Craig has always been known as a hard ball-running hooker and half-back that can break and allude all opponents’ defensive structures. He began is career in the NRL with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 1998 in which he continuously impressed coaches and selectors around the nation. He was labelled as an agile, light-footed, try-scoring machine by his soon to be coach Ricky Stuart at the Sydney City Roosters.
Wing played most of his professional career with the Roosters in which he paired with the great Brad Fittler for a few seasons. Wing played half-back, hooker and five-eighth for the club in which he also played in four Grand Finals. In 2002 Wing and the Roosters won the NRL Premiership, and off the back-end of this winning season, Craig was selected to represent his country in the Four Nations Cup.
In July 2009, Wing announced that he would be leaving the Rabbitoh’s to play rugby union in Japan. Craig finished his amazing and decorated NRL career having played over 258 first grade games for both the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. During his career he has won an NRL premiership, played for Australian Kangaroos in 16 Test matches and represented the NSW Blues on 12 occasions for the infamous State of Origin and came third in the ‘Golden Boot Award’ (given to the best player in the world). His switch to rugby union has attracted quite a bit of media attention both in the Rugby Union and Rugby League world.
Craig is enjoying his time playing rugby in Japan. Craig played fly-half for the Australian Schoolboys with some of the Wallabies’ greatest players like George Smith and Phil Waugh. Craig qualifies as an Asian player with his Philippine passport and has showen his versatility by playing #10, #12 and #13 for NTT in Top League.
Wingy has proven to be an asset to the Japanese Rugby Union as he proves to be one of the strongest and most skilled players in the competition. Players are now seeing that you don’t have to be a “Jonah Lomu” sized player to excel in the game. He is loving every opportunity that rugby is throwing at him and embraces the Japanese people, food and culture.