Jake Gordon is a rare breed of halfback in a country that has produced a long line of champion No.9s. Gordon, at 6 foot, 1 inch, is on track to become the tallest Wallaby half since Nick Farr-Jones and, possibly, the tallest of all-time. Determined, hard-working and talented, Gordon’s real strength is around the ruck where his artful running creates boundless opportunities for other players with the space he creates.
Born and educated in Sydney, Gordon played his first rugby for the Canterbury Juniors. Upon the completion of his schooling in 2011, Gordon signed with Sydney University Football Club where he faced such tough competition that it was four years before he cemented a spot in the top grade. Gordon had an outstanding 2015 season in both the Shute Shield and with the Sydney Stars in the Buildcorp NRC, and he also trained with the Waratahs as part of their extended playing squad. The following year he joined New South Wales on a one-year-deal and later played an instrumental part in the NSW Country Eagles NRC campaign where he finished the season as joint leading try-scorer (9).
Gordon’s outstanding form saw him earn the title of the 2016 Buildcorp NRC Players’ Player, as voted by his peers, at the annual RUPA Awards. In 2017 an ankle injury to Nick Phipps saw Gordon make his Super Rugby debut against the Lions in Johannesburg. Then, with Phipps still laid low by injury and only a handful of Super Rugby games under his belt, Gordon was called into the Wallaby squad for the trio of June internationals although at the end of the 2018 Ireland series had yet to make his Test debut.