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Chris Anderson (rugby league)

Christopher “Chris” Anderson born 2 May 1952 is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s, and coached in the 1990s and 2000s An Australian Kangaroos and New South Wales Blues representative winger, he featured in Canterbury-Bankstown’s third grand final win and captained Halifax to both League and Cup success

As a coach, Anderson took Australia to World Cup victory and coached both the Bulldogs and Melbourne Storm to premiership wins He is also a member of the Halifax Hall of Fame


  • 1 Playing career
  • 2 Coaching career
  • 3 Recognition
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Playing careeredit

Anderson was a wing who was recruited by Peter Moore from Forbes, New South Wales, where he attended Red Bend College As a flankman for the Bulldogs, Anderson gave the club a vital tryscoring power which had been quite absent from Belmore throughout the 1950s, and 1960s3 In 1974, when the Bulldogs reached the Grand Final, Anderson broke Morrie Murphy’s 1947 record of sixteen tries for the club

He also played in England for Widnes Anderson played left wing in Widnes’ 2–3 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1974–75 Player’s No6 Trophy Final during the 1974–75 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 25 January 1975 Also during the 1974–75 Northern Rugby Football League season he was flown to England to play on the wing for Widnes in their 14–7 victory over Warrington in the 1975 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 19754

Anderson surpassed Eddie Burns’ club record for Canterbury-Bankstown of 65 tries in 1978

Anderson represented Australia in eight tests, including the 1975 World Cup and two Kangaroos Tours in 1978 and 1982 He also represented New South Wales in the experimental 1980 State of Origin game In the third Origin encounter of 1983 his last representative match, Anderson became the first ever player to score a hat-trick of tries in a State of Origin match, although the Blues lost 22–43 That season Anderson scored nineteen tries for the Bulldogs, a club record until Nigel Vagana scored twenty-three in 20023

After struggling with a broken arm during 1984, and being dropped to reserve grade for the latter part of the NSWRL season, Anderson became captain-coach of Halifax between late 1984 and May 1988 where he enjoyed great success, including winning the Championship during the 1985–86 season, and played stand-off/five-eighth in the 19-18 victory over St Helens in the 1987 Challenge Cup Final during the 1986–87 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 2 May 1987 He played stand-off in almost all his games for Halifax

Coaching careeredit

Anderson is one of the few people to play and coach competition winning sides in both Australia and England He is also one of the few people to coach two different clubs to NRL/NSWRL Premiership success Anderson returned to Australia after playing/coaching in the British 1987–88 season and was appointed coach of the Canterbury Bulldogs Under 21's team for the 1989 season

Anderson was quickly appointed Bulldogs’ first grade coach for 1990 and enjoyed eight fruitful seasons at Canterbury, including the 1995 Premiership triumph over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

The formation of the Melbourne Storm saw Anderson become their first coach His son, Ben, played 17 games for the Storm Anderson was appointed coach of the Australian national team in March 1999, replacing Wayne Bennett5 Then he guided the Storm to Premiership success when they defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons in the 1999 NRL Grand Final Anderson was coach of the Australian team to compete in the end of season 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament In the final against New Zealand the Kangaroos won 22–20

After seven rounds and only two wins of the 2001 NRL season Anderson quit as Melbourne Storm coach6 On the 2001 Kangaroo Tour, when coaching Australia, Anderson, was taken to a Wigan hospital after complaining of chest pains during the first half of the deciding third test match against Great Britain at the JJB Stadium He had suffered a non-fatal myocardial infarction but made a full recovery

Anderson was appointed coach of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks for two controversial seasons in 2002 and 2003, getting them one game short of the Grand Final in 2002 Anderson was sacked in dramatic circumstances over disagreements with the club's management on the future direction of the team, largely centred on his decision to replace the existing Scrum-half/Halfback, Preston Campbell with new signing Brett Kimmorley in the starting side He also continually picked his son, Jarrad, at the expense of Matt King, who ended up moving to the Melbourne Storm where his career blossomedcitation needed At the end of the 2003 NRL season, he went on the 2003 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, coaching Australia to victory over Great Britain in what would be the last time the two nations contested an Ashes series After five successful seasons Anderson's tenure as coach of Australia came to a halt following the successful 2003 whitewash of Great Britain

In July 2004 Anderson was appointed coach of the Newport Gwent Dragons – a Welsh rugby union team Despite finishing fourth in the Celtic League that season, his one-year contract was not renewed

Anderson accepted a two-year contract with the Sydney Roosters as their first grade coach for the 2007 and 2008 NRL seasons However Anderson stepped down from the job late into the 2007 season, after just five wins from sixteen matches – including a horrific 56-0 loss to Manly Sea Eagles He was replaced by former Roosters five eighth Brad Fittler


Anderson is a Halifax Hall of Fame Inductee7 and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal on 24 October 2000 for his contribution to Australian rugby league8


  1. ^ NRL Statspermanent dead link
  2. ^ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ a b Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs season summary
  4. ^ "Chris Anderson" rugbywidnestv Widnes Vikings Retrieved 15 July 2016 
  5. ^ "Chris Anderson" BBC Sport 2001 Ashes squad guide UK: BBC 2001 Retrieved 14 September 2010 
  6. ^ newsbbccouk 2 April 2001 "Angry Anderson leaves Storm" BBC Sport Online BBC Retrieved 7 October 2009 
  7. ^ "Halifax RLFC Hall of Fame" halifaxrlfccouk 31 December 2011 Archived from the original on 10 September 2013 Retrieved 1 January 2012 
  8. ^ "Christopher Anderson" Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Retrieved 31 December 2011 

External linksedit

  • Player Details at stateoforigincomau
  • Statistics at rugbyleagueprojectorg
Preceded by
Colin Dixon

1985 ‐ 88
Succeeded by
Graham Eadie
Preceded by
Phil Gould
1988 ‐ 89
Canterbury Bulldogs

1990 ‐ 97
Succeeded by
Steve Folkes
Preceded by
team created
Melbourne Storm

Succeeded by
Mark Murray
Preceded by
Wayne Bennett

Succeeded by
Wayne Bennett
Preceded by
John Lang
Cronulla Sharks

Succeeded by
Stuart Raper
Preceded by
Ricky Stuart
Sydney Roosters

Succeeded by
Brad Fittler

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