Chris 'Choppy' Close

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Choppy
Born
Thursday, 5th February, 1959
Current Age
65 years and 139 days
Place Of Birth
Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia

Honours & Awards

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World Cup
1985/1988
The Ashes
1984
Test Series
Australia vs New Zealand 1985
State of Origin
1983, 1984, 1980, 1981
NSWRL Premiership (NRL)
1987
Midweek Cup
1982, 1983

Biography

Cunnamulla centre scored 52 tries during the 1978 season before joining Brisbane Valleys. Close represented Combined Brisbane in the Amco Cup competition in 1979 and made his debut for Queensland the same year. In 1980, while playing for Redcliffe, he was chosen on the Australian tour of NZ but it was his man-of-the-match performance in the inaugural State of Origin match that year that turned heads. 'Choppy' Close was a fierce competitor, as his back-hander to the face of opposing winger Eric Grothe in 1981's State of Origin match testifies; a forward-sized centre who also excelled on the wing in his early career. Signed by Manly in 1982, he was a regular visitor to the State of Origin arena during the 1980s. Close appeared in three Tests on the 1985 tour of NZ but failed to tour with the Kangaroos the following year. After playing in Manly's reserve grade grand final loss in 1987, he linked with the newly formed G’Coast club where his experience was used to good effect in the forwards. After his retirement as a player, Close filled the role of Queensland State of Origin team manager under Paul Vautin (1995-97), Wayne Bennett (1998 & 2001-5) and Mark Murray (1999-00).
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   Comp Wins App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
World Cup 1 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Tour Matches Queensland Firsts - 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Tour Matches Brisbane Firsts - 1 1 -   - 3 0 1 0 0.00% List
Tour Matches Australia - 4 3 -   - 9 2 1 1 50.00% List
Test Series 2 3 1 -   - 4 2 1 0 66.67% List
State of Origin 4 9 2 -   - 6 5 4 0 55.56% List
Interstate Series - 5 - -   - - 0 5 0 0.00% List
City vs Country Firsts - 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSWRFL/NSWRL Premiership (NRL) 1 166 43 -   - 170 79 82 5 47.59% List
NSWRFL/NSWRL Finals - 7 1 -   - 4 3 4 0 42.86% List
Challenge Cup - 3 1 -   - 4 2 1 0 66.67% List
English Championship - 16 7 -   - 28 5 10 1 31.25% List
Regal Trophy - 4 5 -   - 20 2 1 1 50.00% List
Yorkshire Cup - 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List
Midweek Cup 2 20 9 -   - 35 12 8 0 60.00% List
Challenge Cup AU - 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1985   3 1 -   - 4 2 1 0 66.67% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1985   1 - -   - - 0 0 1 0.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1985   1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Brisbane Firsts 1979-81   8 2 -   - 6 3 5 0 37.50% List
QLD Firsts 1979-81   6 - -   - - 0 6 0 0.00% List
QLD 1980-81, 1983-86   9 2 -   - 6 5 4 0 55.56% List
NSW City Firsts 1984   1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall1979-1986   24 5 0   0 16 9 15 0 37.50% List


Club Career

NSWRFL/NSWRL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly NSWRFL 1982 Winfield Cup   10 2 -   - 6 8 2 0 80.00% List
Manly NSWRFL 1983 Winfield Cup   26 12 -   - 48 21 5 0 80.77% List
Manly NSWRL 1984 Winfield Cup   18 7 -   - 28 10 8 0 55.56% List
Manly NSWRL 1985 Winfield Cup   14 9 -   - 36 7 7 0 50.00% List
Manly NSWRL 1986 Winfield Cup   21 8 -   - 32 13 7 1 61.90% List
Manly NSWRL 1987 Winfield Cup   10 1 -   - 4 7 2 1 70.00% List
Gold Coast NSWRL 1988 Winfield Cup   18 4 -   - 16 4 13 1 22.22% List
Gold Coast NSWRL 1989 Winfield Cup   19 - -   - - 5 13 1 26.32% List
Gold Coast NSWRL 1990 Winfield Cup   13 - -   - - 3 10 0 23.08% List
Gold Coast NSWRL 1991 Winfield Cup   17 - -   - - 1 15 1 5.88% List

NSWRFL/NSWRL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly 1982-87   99 39 -   - 154 66 31 2 66.67% List
Gold Coast 1988-91   67 4 -   - 16 13 51 3 19.40% List
Overall1982-1991   166 43 0   0 170 79 82 5 47.59% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Hull KR 1988/89   24 14 -   - 56 10 12 2 41.67% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Hull KR 1988   24 14 -   - 56 10 12 2 41.67% List

Your Say

  • Costas
    07/08/2018

    Rampaging centre. Choppy was one of the hardest blokes to tackle in the 80s.

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, AJ Lucantonio, Greg Fiveash, Andrew Ferguson, Shawn Dollin, Paul Carter, Steven Russo, Alan Katzmann, Max Turner, Bill Bates

Sources: David Middleton's Rugby League Yearbook (1987-88 to present), Irvin Saxton's Record Keepers' Club, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook (1981-82 to 1999)