Player Charlie Gubb

Charlie Gubb

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Gubb is another Vodafone Warrior who cut his teeth on rugby union before switching codes. A Wellington College graduate, Charlie played in the schools’ First XV but switched to rugby league in 2008 and made his start in the Wellington club circuit with University Hunters. He was scouted by the Sea Eagles and Tigers but chose to keep his talents on this side of the Tasman, turning down their offers and instead signing with the Vodafone Warriors’ NYC squad in 2010. Gubb featured in 23 matches for the side and came off the bench in the grand final to help the team to its first premiership over South Sydney.

He relocated to Queensland following the 2010 season, after joining the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the Queensland Cup. Gubb was once again part of a title-winning side, as he played in their 2011 and 2012 grand final victories.

He was lured back to Auckland in 2013 when he was offered a pre-season contract. Hard work saw this extend into a fulltime contract and Charlie performed well in NSW Cup play, eventually earning his first NRL start against South Sydney in Perth in July.
  • Played first XV rugby in Wellington before trying Rugby League
  • Signed with NZ Warriors in 2010 turning down offers from Manly and Wests Tigers
  • Played 23 Toyota Cup games in 2010 including the Grand Final, won by the Warriors
  • Moved to Australia and played Queensland Cup in 2011, winning the Grand Final with Wynnum Manly Seagulls
  • Made Queensland Residents team in 2012
  • Returned to Auckland in 2013, trialling for the Warriors, earning a fulltime contract
  • Made his first grade debut on 7th July 2013 against the Rabbitohs in Perth
https://www.nzwarriors.com/player-profiles/charlie-gubb.27/

League: Tough defender Gubb waves off his Mexican alter ego
5:00 AM Saturday Jul 4, 2015
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Charlie Gubb made his mark in last week's win over the Raiders.

Until recently, Charlie Gubb feared his time with the Warriors might be defined by his comedic roles in the Wendy's burger television commercials rather than his footballing talents.

After making his NRL debut against the Rabbitohs in Perth late in the 2013 season, Gubb enjoyed five more first grade appearances last year but was unable to nail down a regular spot in coach Andrew McFadden's side.

The 25-year-old admits he began to wonder whether Warriors' fans would remember him more for his dodgy Mexican accent from his time promoting guacamole burgers, than his knack for flattening opposition forwards or strong ball-carrying ability.

"Definitely! You don't want to be that guy that's here for a few years but only plays 10 games," Gubb says, with a big smile and a shake of the head.

"I don't like doing the promo stuff because I know I haven't played a lot of games so it's kind of embarrassing for me but you have to do it."

The consistent form of the Warriors' starting forward pack and the emergence of boom interchange front-rowers Sam Lisone and Albert Vete meant Gubb had to be patient in waiting for another chance in the NRL this season.

Despite being one of the better performers in a powerful NSW Cup side stacked full of players with NRL experience, he found himself on the outer, while other middle men were rewarded with time in the top grade.

"No one really wants to be playing NSW Cup, everyone wants to be playing NRL," he said.

"And everyone in that team has the attributes to be the next man called up so it is hard.

"There was me, Sam Rapira, Suaia Matagi, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Sione Lousi, it was just a big log-jam. Everyone's got people in their ear saying 'you need to do this, you need to do that' so it is kind of stressful even though you are doing what you love.

"But it's hard battling away in NSW Cup, trying to stay focused on what you have to do to get into the NRL team."

He needn't have worried; he eventually earned a bench spot for games against the Roosters and Titans before really making his mark with a bruising 27-minute display in last week's win over the Raiders.

His rib-rattling shot on Canberra prop Frank-Paul Nu'uausala set the Twittersphere ablaze with fans quick to pair the #GubbCity hashtag together with memes commemorating the powerful tackle.

Gubb acknowledges the strength of his defensive game and says he has been keen to prove he is more than just another fringe first grader.

"I know that I've earned it this year. I've got back into my best footy that I know a lot of people haven't seen.

"It's my defence. Out of the club, I can bang the hardest. Ben Matulino's probably got the biggest shoulder charge but apart from him I've got that intent that no one else has.

"I might not break the line but my defence is probably my X-factor."

And while he's been making a big impression in recent weeks, Gubb is not likely to get ahead of himself any time soon.

The unassuming Wellington-born product can often be spotted walking home after Warriors training sessions and revealed he is too shy to ask his teammates for a ride.

It's that kind of humble attitude that sees Gubb considering teaching or social work as a career path post-football.

"I've never been really good at essay-writing but feel that I am good at teaching and being with kids, taking charge of a classroom.

"Going in that direction is something I want to do after footy, whether it is guidance counselling or whatever. We'll see what happens."


Charlie Gubb


Born: May 17, 1990
Height: 1.88m
Weight: 108kg
Position: Prop
Representative honours: Queensland Residents (2012)
Junior club: Victoria University Hunters
Previous clubs: Wynnum Manly Seagulls
NRL debut: Warriors v Rabbitohs, nib Stadium, Perth, June 7, 2013 (round 17)

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Mr Brownstone

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 9, 2014
2,880
Well you lose Tof, who is very injury prone, and what happens? You have to rely on Ligi and Gavet as cover. LOL ok good one mate. Awesome pack...
I was just taking the piss - I'm resorting to humour as a defence mechanism for my growing insecurities over the team I love.
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,510
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
I was just taking the piss - I'm resorting to humour as a defence mechanism for my growing insecurities over the team I love.
Many a true word is spoken in jest.

Reality is when you watch what other teams are rolling with our pack is in the bottom 8. We really cant afford to lose any of them at this stage...
 

brightman

1st Grade Fringe
May 18, 2012
3,550
Auckland
Many a true word is spoken in jest.

Reality is when you watch what other teams are rolling with our pack is in the bottom 8. We really cant afford to lose any of them at this stage...
It is plain to see isn't it, statements like that you've just posted leads one to seriously wonder who GODoyle is lining up to sign as the remedy..
 

brightman

1st Grade Fringe
May 18, 2012
3,550
Auckland
If it's Jason Taumololo then I'll officially jump on the Doyle bandwagon
Well haven't we some NFL coach on the Advisory board, Eric Mangini, former 49ers coach. JD should enlist him and Riki Ellison to help recruit Jason with a view to playing in the NFL after a short Warriors contract
 

Blain

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 18, 2012
2,194
Wellington
You know your pack is shit when it's in trouble when you lose an average player like Gubb..

Seriously.

If he is out next week, I'd move Bunty into his junior position of prop and start Thompson. Gubb is only there for his defence, I'd be confident Bunty would get the job done.
 

Mr Brownstone

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 9, 2014
2,880
Well haven't we some NFL coach on the Advisory board, Eric Mangini, former 49ers coach. JD should enlist him and Riki Ellison to help recruit Jason with a view to playing in the NFL after a short Warriors contract
Fuck these bullshit short contracts - he can sign on for 5 years with us and then have a go in the NFL in his late 20's just like Hayne.
 

Weno

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 3, 2012
2,567
Probably be Gavet to replace Gubb.
Workhorse , enthusiastic.
Not much better than Gubb with his ball carrying.
Has a bit of a stall gallop before he hits the line now.
Developed like Michael Lucks dummy. lol

Bring one out of left field Kearney and introduce Satae.
From that round one game , we could do with him.
 
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Wellington Warrior

Warriors 1st Grader
May 15, 2012
5,434
Wellington, New Zealand
Off to Super league...effective immediately

Charlie Gubb: Widnes Vikings sign Canberra Raiders prop after Leigh deal collapsed
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Widnes Vikings have stepped in to sign prop Charlie Gubb after his move to Leigh Centurions from Canberra Raiders collapsed for financial reasons.

Gubb, 28, will feature in Widnes' Qualifiers campaign, and has played 50 National Rugby League games.

The Wellington-born front-rower played for New Zealand Warriors and Canberra in the NRL, as well as Queensland Cup side Wynnum-Manly.

"It's been a bit of a surreal 24 hours, but I'm excited," Gubb said.

"I had a few different opportunities to consider, but I was excited by the one presented to me by James Rule and Widnes Vikings.

"I know that the Vikings have some quality players and some very exciting young talent, so I'm looking forward to joining them in the fight to sustain their Super League status."
 
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Defence

Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
5,920
Remember when he was flavor of the month around here? haha good times.
If only we had given him that big upgrade everyone was calling for:rolleyes:

Good luck to him- never rated him as an nrl first grader but he'll go alright over there and is a good character to have around- similar to gelling.
 

Off The Bench

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 26, 2014
3,176
Remember when he was flavor of the month around here? haha good times.
If only we had given him that big upgrade everyone was calling for:rolleyes:

Good luck to him- never rated him as an nrl first grader but he'll go alright over there and is a good character to have around- similar to gelling.


If he could have made meters he would have been great

But he will be a fan favorite in a battling team .
It could work out good .Hope he becomes a legend
Over there
He's got heart .An is another
Kiwi making a living league.
 

Aman

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 9, 2016
3,528
If he could have made meters he would have been great

But he will be a fan favorite in a battling team .
It could work out good .Hope he becomes a legend
Over there
He's got heart .An is another
Kiwi making a living league.

Why do we only produce guys with either heart or skill and not both ? Is it environment? Coaching?
 
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jonno

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 13, 2014
9,803
Why do we only produce guys with either heart or skill and not both ? Is it environment? Coaching?
Just enough effort to get that contract. After that it's all good. Dream fulfilled.

Sadly for footy fans we get zero joy out of players getting rich. We only dream of winning the comp. That's what we pay them for after all.
 

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