Danny Buderus

Coaching Career

Vital Statistics

Monday, 6th February, 1978
Current Age
45 years and 300 days
Place Of Birth
Taree, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Hooker Of The Year
2002, 2004, 2005
Dally M Representative Player Of The Year
Dally M Player Of The Year
RLPA Player of the Year
Brad Fittler Medal
National Rugby League Hall Of Fame


The Knights graded this Taree junior, Trent Barrett’s halfback partner with the Australian Schoolboys in 1995, as a halfback/centre in 1996. Newcastle coach Mal Reilly suggested the positional change – resulting in the Newcastle hooker becoming the wildcard selection in the Australian Test team in 2001. Buderus had a great game for Country Origin and despite being overlooked by State selectors in favour of Luke Priddis and Craig Gower, he was chosen to make his Test debut against NZ in July. Buderus capped a tremendous season with a sterling performance in Newcastle’s grand final win over P’matta and selection in Australia’s Kangaroo squad. Although Newcastle players were rested from the one-off Test against Papua New Guinea in October, Buderus appeared in all three Test matches on the shorted Kangaroo Tour following the injury to Penrith’s Craig Gower and the decision not to send a back-up hooker. Buderus’ rep career never skipped a beat in 2003, despite Newcastle’s indifferent form, and following team-mate Andrew Johns’ continued absence through injury, the hard-working hooker took over as Knights captain. In 2004 Buderus represented Australia in the ANZac Test before leading NSW to victory in the State of Origin series. At the end of the season he was a worthy winner of the ‘Dally M’ Player of the Year medal, but higher honours were still to come. Chosen in the Australian team for the Tri Nations competition in England, Buderus captained Australia in two Tests against Great Britain during the competition - thus becoming the Knights’ third Test captain after Paul Harragon and Andrew Johns. Buderus captained NSW to Origin success in 2005 but after the Knights struggled through an injury-ravaged season and finished with the wooden spoon the veteran hooker led Australia against Great Britain (20-6 winners in Wigan) and into the 24-0 loss to NZ in the Tri-Nations final. In 2006 Buderus missed the one-off Test against NZ through injury, and following NSW’s State of Origin loss, stood down from Test duty while he awaited the birth of his child.

Coaching Career Statistics

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Competition   Games W L D Win %  
NRL 6 2 4 0 33.33% List

Club Career


Team Season Games W L D Win %  
Newcastle NRL 2015 6 2 4 0 33.33% List


Team Years Games W L D Win %  
Newcastle 2015 6 2 4 0 33.33% List

Your Say

ROK says: One of the best dummy halves to ever play the game (26/07/2018)

Lois Dargan says: Good on you Danny for your role as general manager of the Knights,well deserved.I am a supporter of you as every game you played you gave 110 per cent, the injuries and knocks you received and still played on and gave everything till the very end. You are certainly an inspiration and a great role model to the future players of rugby league.Thank you Danny for years of enjoyment watching you play for N.S.W and Australia. (12/09/2020)

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Andrew Ferguson, Shawn Dollin, Nick Jones, Alan Katzmann, Cymru RL, Bill Bates, Paul Carter

Sources: NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2000, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2001, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2002, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2003, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2004, NRL 2004 Official Rugby League Annual, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1998, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1999, 2006 Official Rugby League Annual