Jack Wighton is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League (NRL).
He was born on February 4, 1993, in Orange, New South Wales, Australia.
Wighton began his rugby league career playing for the Wellington Cowboys in the Group 11 Rugby League competition before being signed by the Canberra Raiders in 2012.
He made his NRL debut for the Raiders in 2012 and has since become one of the team’s most important players.
Wighton primarily plays as a fullback or five-eighth and is known for his powerful running, strong defense and excellent ball-handling skills.
He has represented the Indigenous All Stars team and the New South Wales State of Origin team, and was named the Dally M Medalist for the NRL’s best player in 2020.
Off the field, Wighton has been involved in various community initiatives, including supporting mental health awareness and working with Indigenous youth.
He is widely regarded as one of the NRL’s most talented and respected players, and is a key figure in the Canberra Raiders’ push for success in the NRL.
Jack Wighton parents
Wighton was born on February 4, 1993, in Orange, New South Wales, Australia, to his parents, Michael and Leanne Wighton.
Jack’s mother belongs to the Aboriginal Australian group.
His parents, Michael, a Wiradjuri man, and Leanne, a Kamilaroi woman, are both of Indigenous Australian ancestry.
Jack is related to Brent Naden, Willie Tonga, and Rabbitohs player Latrell Mitchell.
Mitchell’s 3 x Great Grandmother Josephine Wighton and Jack Wighton’s 3 x Great Grandfather Ernest Wighton are brother and sister.