With 2,318 career points, until recently held records for most points in a game, most goals in a match, and most tries for an NRL club, Hazem El Masri is best known as one of the greatest point scorers the NRL has ever seen.
His career began in 1996 when the Bulldogs spotted El Masri playing for Belmore Boys High School and invited him to trials. He debuted with the dogs that year, and by 1998 he was a regular member of the squad.
Famously, in 2004, El Masri scored 16 tries and 139 goals in the Bulldogs 2004 season earning the NRL record for highest points scored in a single season, just one of the many club and code accolades he earned during his career.
Off the field, El Masri took an active role in community issues and became an icon of the game. He served as ambassador for the Premiers Reading Challenge, the Anti-Discrimination Board, and NSW Government’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign. He won the 2002 Ken Stephen Award, recognizing his work with young people in the community, and in 2009 he was named one of Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People by Sydney Magazine and Role Model of the Year by the Lebanese Association of NSW.
On 25 September 2009, El Masri played his final Rugby League match after announcing in June that 2009 would be his last season.
Having walked off the rugby league field for the last time, Hazem stays involved in the game via his role working with youth, community and match day ambassador for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Hazem had a book published by Harper Collins - El Magic, written by Bill Woods. He was also an ambassador for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and actively promoted the Lebanon team.
Hazem has three children Lamya, Zayd and Serine and is married to Arwa.
Awards / Achievements
Made his ODI debut in October 2010 aged 20.
Made his Test Debut in December 2011 at the Gabba against New Zealand after taking back to back 5 wicket hauls for NSW.
Member of the Sydney Sixers team who won the 2011/12 KFC BBL tournament.
Has taken the prized Test scalp of cricket’s leading run scorer Sachin Tendulkar twice.
Leading wicket taker in the English County Championship T20 competition taking 18 wickets at 10.7 for Yorkshire during his stint in the UK for the 2012 season.
Praised by Wasim Akram as one of the most exciting young fast bowlers in World Cricket due to his ability to produce great pace, swing and bounce.
Leading wicket ticker at the T20 Champions League in South Africa with the Sydney Sixers in 2012.
Leading wicket-taker for Australia in 2014 World T20.
Player of the Tri-Series against India and England 2015.
Player of the tournament for the ICC World Cup in Australia's victorious campaign. Leading the bowling with 22 wicket at an average of 10.
Leading wicket-taker for Australia in 2015 Ashes series with 18 scalps and 2 half-centuries.
Leading wicket-taker and Player of the Tournament in the 2015 Matador BBQ One Day Cup with 26 wickets at the average of 8. This is also the record for most wickets in an Australian One Day Domestic season.
Fastest recorded delivery in the history of Test cricket (160.4kph) v NZ at the WACA on 15th November 2015.
#1 Ranked bowler in ODI cricket.
Fastest bowler in history to 100 ODI wickets.
Australian Test Player of the Year 2016.
Most Club Games – 372
Most NRL Games – 317
Most Points for the Club – 2578 – 194 tries – 901 goals
Most Tries for the Club – 194
Most NRL Tries – 159
Most Points in a Game – 34
Most NRL Points – 317 games – 159 tries – 891 goals – 2418 points
Most Points in a season – 342 – 16 tries – 139 goals – in 2004
Most Goals in a season – 139 in 2004
Most Consecutive Goals – 35 in 2003
Most Consecutive NRL Games – 2nd behind Jason Taylor (194) with 174 games
Most Tries for a NRL Club – 3rd behind Ken Irvine (171 for Norths) & Andrew Ettingshausen (165 for Cronulla) with 159 tries
* Hazem has scored 200 points in a season on 7 occasions 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2009