Adrian Lam

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 25th August, 1970
Current Age
48 years and 238 days
Place Of Birth
Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Known Family Links

Son
Lachlan Lam

Biography

Easts halfback was granted special dispensation to play for Queensland in the 1995 State of Origin series despite being captain of the Papua New Guinea national team. Lam was born on the New Guinea island of Rabual but was raised in Brisbane from the age of 7. In 1994, the year in which he made his Sydney first grade debut for Easts, he represented the Kumuls against France and NZ. Following the signing of I’warra halfback John Simon for the 1996 season Lam threatened to quit Easts in 1995 but his great form brought him to the attention of interstate selectors struggling to name a Maroons’ quad following the banning of Super League players. Lam justified his selection with a dominant display in Queensland’s 3-0 win over NSW and he later captained Papua New Guinea in the World Cup. As an ARL-signed player, he was not permitted to play for his country in the World Nines in 1996 and was again used in the State of Origin series. At club level, the showdown with John Simon did not eventuate with Simon relegated to reserve grade before shifting to P’matta. In 1996 Lam captained Papua New Guinea and was his country’s only try-scorer in the 52-6 loss to Australia. The following year, during the Super League split, he led the ‘Rest of the World’ to a 28-8 loss against Australia. A clever playmaker who did not shirk the modern game’s gruelling defensive load his continued selection for Queensland was again questioned when he was named Maroons’ captain following the premature retirement of Allan Langer in 1999. Sydney City went so far as to protest his selection in the deciding match of the series, arguing that he was injured and should not have been allowed to play. (The Roosters subsequently stood him down from club commitments until he was fit.) Lam continued to be a match-winner at State of Origin level but following the Roosters’ loss to Brisbane in the 2000 grand final he left the club to join Wigan. After captaining Papua New Guinea in the 2000 World Cup he was a member of the Wigan team that contested the Challenge Cup Final in 2004.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Papua New Guinea 1994-96, 2000 11 3 -   1 13 4 6 1 36.36% Match list
Overall 1994-2000 11 3 0   1 13 4 6 1 36.36% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
PNG (NRL) 1996 1 1 -   - 4 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Rest Of The World 1997 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1996-1997 2 1 0   0 4 0 2 0 0.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Papua New Guinea 1994-2000 6 2 -   1 9 3 2 1 50.00% Match list
Overall 1995-2000 6 2 0   1 9 3 2 1 50.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Queensland 1995-97, 1999-00 14 4 -   - 16 5 8 1 35.71% Match list
Overall 1995-2000 14 4 0   0 16 5 8 1 35.71% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1994 14 3 -   - 12 3 11 0 21.43% Match list
Sydney City ARL 1995 20 5 -   2 22 12 8 0 60.00% Match list
Sydney City ARL 1996 21 6 -   1 25 14 6 1 66.67% Match list
Sydney City ARL 1997 17 6 -   1 25 11 5 1 64.71% Match list
Sydney City NRL 1998 27 12 -   - 48 18 9 0 66.67% Match list
Sydney City NRL 1999 22 5 -   1 21 15 7 0 68.18% Match list
Sydney NRL 2000 25 5 -   1 21 16 9 0 64.00% Match list
Overall 1994-2000 146 42 0   6 174 89 55 2 60.96% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1994-00 146 42 -   6 174 89 55 2 60.96% Match list
Overall 1994-2000 146 42 0   6 174 89 55 2 60.96% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1994-2000 14 2 -   1 9 6 8 0 42.86% Match list
Overall 1996-2000 14 2 0   1 9 6 8 0 42.86% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan Challenge Cup 2001 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Wigan Super League VI 2001 29 12 -   - 48 21 7 1 72.41% Match list
Wigan Challenge Cup 2002 5 3 -   1 13 5 0 0 100.00% Match list
Wigan Super League VII 2002 30 13 -   3 55 20 9 1 66.67% Match list
Wigan Challenge Cup 2003 4 1 -   - 4 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
Wigan Super League VIII 2003 25 9 1   5 43 17 7 1 68.00% Match list
Wigan Super League IX 2004 23 6 2   1 29 17 4 2 73.91% Match list
Wigan Challenge Cup 2004 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 2001-2004 119 44 3   10 192 84 30 5 70.59% Match list

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan 2001-04 119 44 3   10 192 84 30 5 70.59% Match list
Overall 2001-2004 119 44 3   10 192 84 30 5 70.59% Match list

Your Say

Alan Bousie says: I wonder if Adrian remembers who brought him into his international career with the PNG Kumuls in 1994. I was the Chairman of Selectors for PNG Rugby League at that time and noticed him not long after he left Wests in Brisbane and went to Easts in Sydney. Mark Murray was his coach at the time. We gave Lam the choice to play in a test match against the visiting French. He took up the offer thus surrendering his chance of playing for Australia, as were the rules at the time. After returning to Australia I ended up on the boards at Norths Devils where Murray became the coach then CEO. Sometimes people tend to forget who initiated their chances. There many expats in PNG who helped to develop the game who are not remembered! There were many great Kumul players at that time. Regards Adrian, Alan Bousie (17/05/2018)

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