Jarrod McCracken is a New Zealand former rugby league player. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games He is a former captain of the New Zealand national rugby league team. The New Zealand national rugby league side represents New Zealand in the sport of Rugby league. McCracken played first grade club football in Australia for the Canterbury Bulldogs, Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers (who he captained in their first season), and in England for St Helens RLFC. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club (formerly Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and "The Berries") are an Australian professional Rugby league The Parramatta Eels are an Australian professional Rugby league football club based in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. The Wests Tigers are a professional Rugby league football club in the National Rugby League (NRL the premier Rugby league competition in Australasia England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland He is the son of Ken McCracken.
Jarrod McCracken's football career came to a premature end in round 15 of the 2000 NRL competition in a game against the Melbourne Storm, when Storm players Stephen Kearney and Marcus Bai performed a dangerous spear tackle on him, inflicting a career ending neck injury. The year 2000 saw the third season of the National Rugby League competition the 93rd season of professional Rugby league football in Australia The Melbourne Storm is a professional Rugby league football club based in the city of Melbourne, Australia Stephen Peter Kearney (born June 11 1972 in Paraparaumu New Zealand) is a New Zealand Rugby league coach and former player Marcus Bai (born November 10, 1972) is a Papua New Guinean former Rugby league footballer A spear tackle is a dangerous tackle in Rugby union, Rugby league and Australian rules football whereby a player is picked up by a tackler on McCracken later successfully sued the Melbourne Storm and the two players involved for damages stemming from the lost income of his football career.
He has since become a prominent real estate developer in Australia, where his company conducted a major redevelopment of Townsville's CBD