Chris Anderson

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Ando
Born
Wednesday, 28th May, 1952
Current Age
62 years and 156 days

Awards & Accolades

1993
Dally M Coach Of The Year
1998
Dally M Coach Of The Year

Known Family Links

Son
Ben Anderson

Biography

C’bury flankman played fifteen seasons with the club before returning from a highly successful career in England to coach the Bulldogs to an amazing premiership title in 1995. Originally from Condoblin, Anderson's ability to finish off attacking moves was almost uncanny. A small man, he was able to position himself for the final pass or beat the defence with sheer pace. Anderson came to C’bury from Forbes in 1970 and scored the winning try in a Third Grade semi-final despite still being an unregistered player. The first recipient of the club's highly successful scholarship program for young players, he soon secured a first-grade spot at fullback before switching to the wing where he established several long-standing records with the club. One of the first of the modern brand of wingers granted a 'roving commission' to link with the attack anywhere on the field, representative honours came to him in 1974 when he was chosen for NSW. The following year, while playing for Widnes, he scored 23 tries in the 1974-75 English League season before gaining the rare honour of being flown back to play a winning role in the Challenge Cup final. Within weeks of his return he represented Sydney, NSW and Australia against NZ in the 1975 World Cup. In 1978 he surpassed Eddie Burns' club try-scoring record and toured with the Kangaroos, playing in all five Tests. A member of the Ashes-winning team which defeated Great Britain 3-nil, he was a try-scorer in C’bury's 19-4 win over Easts the following year - the club's first premiership in 38 years. A NZ tourist with the Australian team in 1980, Anderson later took over as C’bury club captain and scored a record 19 tries in 1983 to take his club tally past the century mark. In 1984 he was dropped after his return from a broken arm injury by new coach Warren Ryan and he left the club after a record 284 grade games to play with Hull KR in England. Anderson took on the captain-coach role with English club Halifax (1984-88) and after coaxing legendary fullback Graham Eadie out of retirement, the 'Australian connection' (together with Martin Meredith and Grant Rix) took the lowly ranked club to a 19-18 victory over St Helens in the final of the 1987 Challenge Cup. After Halifax's loss to Wigan in the 1988 Cup final, Anderson returned to C’bury as a lower grade coach and took over from Phil Gould as first grade mentor in 1990. Named Coach of the Year in 1993, he saw his team comprehensively beaten by Canberra in the 1994 grand final before taking the Bulldogs to victory against odds-on favourites Manly in the premiership decider the following year. A leading catalyst in C’bury’s breakaway to the proposed Super League competition, 1997 proved to be a season of disharmony, which found Anderson’s career at the crossroads. In a bold move, he signed on as foundation coach of the Melbourne Storm, taking the fledgling club to the preliminary final in 1998. Anderson was named as Wayne Bennett’s successor as Australian coach for the 1999 ANZac Test but handled the sacking of hooker Craig Gower poorly, publicly stating that the Penrith rake was injured when in fact he was dropped for disciplinary reasons. Anderson though, wasn’t afraid to make the tough decisions - sacking his son Ben from the Storms’ first grade team on the eve of the semi-finals, moving winger Matt Geyer to pivot and replacing him as goal-kicker with Craig Smith (Geyer was the season’s leading point-scorer at the time). He finished the 1999 season with two career milestones - masterminding Melbourne’s stunning grand final win over St George and guiding Australia to a Tri-series Test victory over NZ and Great Britain. Although the Melbourne Storm struggled in its premiership defence the following year, Anderson took the national team to World Cup victory in October. In 2001, after a highly publicised row with Melbourne powerbrokers John Ribot and Chris Johns, Anderson resigned as coach and linked with the Sharks for 2002. Single-minded in his approach and openly critical of official interference in the day-to-day running of his teams, part of the problem at Melbourne was Anderson’s unswerving commitment to the Australian team, which recorded Test wins over NZ and Papua New Guinea before the shortened Kangaroo Tour was finally given the go-ahead. Watching the vital Third Test of the Ashes series, Anderson was rushed to hospital suffering a recurrence of chest pains (it was later confirmed that he had suffered a heart attack). After six weeks convalescing in England, Anderson returned home to take up his coaching duties with the Sharks. His time with the club proved divisive, dropping club favourites Preston Campbell, Nick Graham and Dean Treister and backing new recruit Brett Kimmorley. After guiding Australia to a series whitewash against Great Britain (possibly his finest achievement as coach despite the controversy of choosing non-tour member Darren Smith for the Third Test) he returned to Australia and was sacked by Sharks management. Anderson later took up a coaching position with the Gwent Dragons in Welsh Rugby Union before succeeding sacked coach Ricky Stuart at the Sydney Roosters for 2007.

- 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 %  
Australia 1975, 1978-80 11 1 -   - 3 7 3 1 63.64% Match list
Overall 1975-1980 11 1 0   0 3 7 3 1 63.64% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1975-1982 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1982 1 0 0   0 1 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1975 3 1 -   - 3 2 0 1 66.67% Match list
Overall 1975 3 1 0   0 3 2 0 1 66.67% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1974-75, 1980-81 6 2 -   - 6 5 1 0 83.33% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1975 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
New South Wales 1980, 1982-83 4 3 -   - 12 1 3 0 25.00% Match list
Overall 1974-1983 11 5 0   0 18 6 5 0 54.55% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1971 ? - -   - -  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1972 ? 8 -   - 24  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1973 ? 3 -   - 9  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1974 ? 16 -   - 48  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1975 ? 9 -   - 27  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1976 ? 3 -   - 9  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1977 ? 1 -   - 3  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1978 ? 5 -   - 15  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1979 ? 11 -   - 33  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1980 19 8 -   - 24 14 5 0 73.68% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1981 10 5 -   - 15 4 6 0 40.00% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1982 12 4 -   - 12 7 4 1 58.33% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1983 29 19 -   - 76 19 10 0 65.52% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1984 16 2 -   - 8 12 4 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1971-1984 ? 94 0   0 303 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1971-84 ? 94 -   - 303 ? ? ? ?  
Canterbury 1980-84 86 38 -   - 135 56 29 1 65.12% Match list
Overall 1971-1984 ? 94 0   0 303 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1980, 1983 4 1 -   - 3 2 2 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1980-1983 4 1 0   0 3 2 2 0 50.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1971-84 ? 94 -   - 303 ? ? ? ?  
Canterbury 1980-1984 95 38 -   - 135 63 35 1 66.32% Match list
Overall 1971-1984 ? 94 0   0 303 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Halifax Championship 1984/85 ? 2 -   - 8  
Hull Kingston Rovers Championship 1984/85 ? - -   - -  
Halifax Championship 1985/86 ? 7 -   - 28  
Halifax Championship 1986/87 ? 5 -   - 20  
Overall 1984-1987 ? 23 0   0 92 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Halifax 1984-87 ? 23 -   - 92 ? ? ? ?  
Hull Kingston Rovers 1984-85 ? - -   - - ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1984-1987 ? 23 0   0 92 ? ? ? ?  

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