Ethan Lowe (born 20 March 1991), also known by the nickname of "Lowey", is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a goal kicking second-row for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL

Lowe was a member of the North Queensland Cowboys' 2015 NRL Grand Final and 2016 World Club Challenge winning sides and played for Queensland in the 2019 State of Origin series.

Background

Lowe was born in Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia.

He played his first junior rugby league for the Goondiwindi Boars. Upon entering high school, Lowe moved to Toowoomba where he attended Downlands College and later St. Mary's College. While living in Toowoomba he played rugby league for Valleys Toowoomba.[2]

In 2008, Lowe was selected for the Australian Schoolboys side but was ruled out due to a wrist injury. That year he represented the Queensland Under 18 Maroons in a match against NSW Country.[3][4]

After finishing high school, Lowe signed with the Sydney Roosters for the 2009 season. That year he played for the Newtown Jets SG Ball side and made his debut for the Roosters NYC team. Between 2009 and 2011, Lowe played 61 games and scored 19 tries for the Roosters under 20's team.[5][6] In 2009, Lowe played for the Queensland Under 18's.[7] In 2010, he was a member of the Junior Kangaroos squad, but did not play a game.[8] In 2011, Lowe represented the Junior Kangaroos in a game against the Junior Kiwis.[9]

In 2012, Lowe returned to Queensland to play with the Northern Pride RLFC. That season, Lowe was named the Intrust Super Cup Rookie of the Year.[10][11]

In August 2012, Lowe signed a one-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2013 season.[12]

Playing career

2013

In Round 12, Lowe made his NRL debut for the Cowboys against the Gold Coast Titans off the interchange bench, scoring a try in the Cowboys 31-12 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[13] On 5 August 2013, Lowe re-signed with the Cowboys for a further 2 years, keeping him at the club till the end of the 2015 season.[14] Lowe played in 2 matches, scored 1 try and kicked 3 goals in his debut year in the NRL.

2014

On 10 July, Lowe received a two match suspension from the NRL after being found to have placed a bet on an NRL matches.[15] Lowe finished the season with him playing in 10 matches, scoring 3 tries and kicking 4 goals.

2015

On 31 January and 1 February, Lowe played for the Cowboys in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[16] On 8 May, after establishing himself in the Cowboys' starting side, he re-signed with the club until the end of 2016.[17][18] On 4 October, in the Cowboys' Queensland derby 2015 NRL Grand Final against the Brisbane Broncos, he started at second row in the Cowboys' historic golden-point 17-16 win.[19][20] He finished off his premiership winning 2015 season having played in all the Cowboys' 28 matches, scoring 4 tries and kicking 8 goals.[21]

2016

On 12 January, Lowe was selected in the QAS Emerging Origin squad.[22] In February, he played for the Cowboys in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.[23] On 21 February, he was a member of the Cowboys' 2016 World Club Challenge winning side, starting at second-row in the side's 38-4 victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium.[24]

On 1 July, Lowe re-signed with the Cowboys for a further 2 years, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2018 season.[25]

On 14 September, Lowe was ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 season with a spinal cord injury.[26]

2017

In January, Lowe was once again a member of the QAS Emerging Origin squad.[27] Following a season-ending injury to regular goal kicker Johnathan Thurston, Lowe took over the role and finished as the club's top point scorer for the first time with 102 points in 28 games. On 1 October, Lowe started at second row in the Cowboys' 2017 NRL Grand Final loss to the Melbourne Storm, kicking a goal.

2018

Lowe endured a difficult 2018 NRL season, being relegated to the interchange from his usual starting role in Round 3.[28] In Round 7, he played his 100th NRL game in the Cowboys' 26-14 win over the Gold Coast Titans.[29]

In Round 15, he was dropped to the Queensland Cup, playing for the Northern Pride.[30] He played nine games for the side before earning an NRL recall for the final three rounds of the season.[31][32] He finished the season with 15 NRL appearances and did not score a try or kick a goal for the first time in his career. On 16 October, the Cowboys' confirmed that Lowe had taken up his player option to remain at the club for the 2019 season.[33]

2019

On 26 February, Lowe was granted an immediate release from the final year of his contract by the Cowboys to join the South Sydney Rabbitohs on a one-year deal. In round 3 he scored his first try for the Rabbitohs in their 28-20 win over the Gold Coast Titans. On 26 June 2019 Ethan Lowe re-signed for the South Sydney Rabbitohs until the end of the 2021 NRL season. On 11 July Lowe made his debut for Queensland in Game 3 of the 2019 State of Origin series in place of the injured Matt Gillett. Although Queensland lost the series, Lowe impressed on debut, kicking four goals from four attempts and charging down a kick that led to a try to Josh Papalii.[34][35]

Achievements and accolades

Individual

Team

Statistics

NRL

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season[1]
Denotes seasons in which Lowe won an NRL Premiership
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2013 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 2 1 3 100.0 0 10
2014 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 10 3 4 66.7 0 20
2015 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 28 4 8 66.7 0 32
2016 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 25 9 7 77.8 0 50
2017 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 28 2 47 79.6 0 102
2018 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 15 0 0 - 0 0
Career totals 108 19 69 77.5 0 214

References

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  26. ^ "NRL: Ethan Lowe spinal cord injury, Cowboys forward's recovery plan interview". 17 September 2016.
  27. ^ "QAS Emerging Origin Squad". 8 December 2016.
  28. ^ "Round 3 NRL team lists". 20 March 2018.
  29. ^ "One team, one dream for Lowe's 100th". 19 April 2018.
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  32. ^ "North Queensland forward Ethan Lowe says Cowboys love being written off". 20 April 2018.
  33. ^ "NRL 2018: Transfer centre: Contract, signings for 2019". 15 October 2018.
  34. ^ "Rabbitohs sign Ethan Lowe for the 2019 season". 26 February 2019.
  35. ^ "Cowboys release Lowe". 25 February 2019.

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