1 Aug 2019

LAWRENCE: THE PROFESSIONAL

We look at the career of Giants Leadership Group member, Michael Lawrence.

Michael played his first Rugby at Newsome Panthers, and was named in the Giants squad in August 2007 for their Super League game against Warrington Wolves and came on for the final five minutes of the game. In doing so, he made history, becoming the first player born in the 1990’s to play in Super League, debuting at the age of 17.

Lawrence was selected for the England Academy squad in 2007, rewarding his high-level performances in Claret and Gold.

By this point, it was already announced that he would be becoming a permanent member of the Giants squad for the 2008 season, and expectation was building on the young player from Huddersfield and the team, which were starting to gain momentum on the field.

Lawrence turned that momentum into points, starting 12 games and scoring 4 tries, including a brace in the 50-16 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers. He would follow on in 2009 by having his best year from a wing position, scoring 9 tries as the Giants secured their best ever finish in the Super League, finishing 3rd.

He scored perhaps his most memorable try of his career in the 2010 season, showing off his excellent skills to kick the ball past Francis Meli for a quite spectacular try in the Super League Semi-Final against St Helens at the last game at Knowsley Road. Although the Giants would miss out on Old Trafford, the try was an excellent example of Lawrence’s ability to surprise all around him.

Lawrence surprised supporters again by changing position, moving from the three-quarter line to his current position, in the back-row. From there, he became a defensive machine and became able to use his stamina and professionalism to great effect, delivering the club their first ever League Leaders Shield and the clubs first top place finish in 81 years.

Most point to Bruno’s attitude and professionalism as a reason for his excellent success. What it noticeable about him is that he commands universal respect in the game.

"He's a leader within our group, he's a person we all look up to, a true top professional"

"I would say his best quality is his professionalism, he trains the way he plays” said Jermaine McGillvary, England international and long-term friend and team mate of Lawrence’s.

Coaches also share this view, with John Kear, Bradford coach, paying testament to his tremendous effort and impact on the game.

“Michael is a fantastic role model for those playing the game. He gets on with it, he’s humble, hard-working and gifted.”

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