23 Facts About Gareth Hock


Gareth Hock has represented Great Britain and England at international level.


Wigan-born Gareth Charnock joined Wigan's scholarship scheme from St Jude's, a local amateur team.


Gareth Hock gained international experience playing in the Great Britain Academy side that toured Australia in 2001.


Gareth Hock worked his way up through the Wigan Warriors' scholarship and Academy systems, playing in the Academy Under-19s team during the 2002 season.


Gareth Hock was called up to the England Academy squad to face the Aussie Schoolboys in December 2002.


Gareth Hock played in the first Test, scoring a vital try in England's historic victory.


Gareth Hock had achieved amateur representative honours, touring with Great Britain U16s and U18s.


Gareth Hock made his first team debut that season against Doncaster in the Challenge Cup, scoring two tries after coming on as a substitute.


Gareth Hock went on to become a first team regular for the rest of 2003's Super League VIII.


Gareth Hock commented later: "Mick Cassidy was injured early, which was a lucky break for me," he said.


Gareth Hock crowned a magnificent season by being named Super League Young Player of the Year.


Gareth Hock played for the Wigan Warriors from the interchange bench in the 2003 Super League Grand Final which was lost to Bradford Bulls.


Gareth Hock signed a new one-year contract with the Wigan Warriors in June 2004.


Gareth Hock's playing career took a turn for the worse when he picked up a medial cruciate ligament knee injury against the Bradford Bulls on 25 February 2005.


Gareth Hock was named in the England team to face Wales at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, before England's departure for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.


Gareth Hock went with the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia.


On 10 May 2011, Gareth Hock signed a new contract with Wigan until 2015, beginning once his 2-year doping ban has ended on 23 June.


Gareth Hock made a high-profile return against Huddersfield in a 2011 Super League game.


Gareth Hock is well known for his aggressive and confrontational style of play and has begun to return to the high standard performances seen before his ban.


On 22 January 2013, Wigan announced that Gareth Hock would be joining Widnes on a season-long loan.


In 2015 Gareth Hock moved to play for Leigh in the Kingstone Press Championship.


In May 2019, following his release from Barrow, Gareth Hock re-joined Leigh Centurions.


In March 2023, Gareth Hock appeared at Bolton Crown court after being charged with ten offences including assault by beating, coercive, controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice.