Ian Roberts

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Saturday, 31st July, 1965
Current Age
56 years and 59 days
Place Of Birth
London, Greater London, England

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Prop Of The Year
1987, 1993, 1994
Ken Stephen Memorial Award
1994

Biography

English-born Souths junior showed promise in his early career as a forward but had to overcome a series of injuries to reach his full potential in the Test arena. Despite not having played for either NSW or Australia, and with only a lower grade premiership to his credit (1986), Roberts signed a huge contract with Manly in 1990 and quickly justified his value with State of Origin selection and a Test debut against NZ. Hopes for Kangaroo selection that year were shattered when he suffered a serious groin tear in Manly’s semi-final match against Brisbane. Roberts returned in 1991 to play in three Tests against NZ (two as a reserve) and tour Papua New Guinea at season's end. 1993 was disappointing in comparison but he returned to the Australian Test team in 1994 (after being cleared of a questionable tackle on Jason Smith in NSW's State of Origin success), to score two tries against France at P’matta Stadium. In 1994 Roberts finally made a Kangaroo Tour, leading the way up front in Australia's Ashes-winning 24-3 Third Test victory at Elland Road. After being courted by the ARL, Roberts signed with Super League despite the fact that his club, and coach Bob Fulton, remained loyal to the game's controlling body. He sat out Manly’s premiership-winning season because of injury and the protracted Super League dispute, at which time he became the first league player to openly declare his homosexuality. Joining the Nth Queensland North Queensland for 1997’s Super League season, his career wound down in 1998 under the increasing weight of injuries. After his retirement, Roberts joined NIDA to pursue an acting career and served on the NRL Judiciary in 2001. Autobiography: Finding Out (1997).

- 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 1990-91, 1993-94 14 3 -   - 12 11 2 1 78.57% List
Overall 1990-1994 14 3 0   0 12 11 2 1 78.57% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1990-1991 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1991 2 0 0   0 - 2 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City 1988, 1990-91, 1993-94 5 - -   - - 4 1 0 80.00% List
New South Wales 1990-91, 1993-94 9 - -   - - 6 3 0 66.67% List
New South Wales (SL) 1997 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1988-1997 16 0 0   0 - 12 4 0 75.00% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRL 1986 21 1 -   - 4 12 8 1 57.14% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1987 26 3 -   - 12 14 11 1 53.85% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1988 11 1 -   - 4 8 2 1 72.73% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1989 7 - -   - - 6 1 0 85.71% List
Manly NSWRL 1990 16 1 -   - 4 9 7 0 56.25% List
Manly NSWRL 1991 16 1 -   - 4 12 4 0 75.00% List
Manly NSWRL 1992 19 - -   - - 9 8 2 47.37% List
Manly NSWRL 1993 19 1 -   - 4 14 5 0 73.68% List
Manly NSWRL 1994 15 2 -   - 8 10 4 1 66.67% List
Manly ARL 1995 15 - -   - - 13 2 0 86.67% List
North Queensland Super League 1997 17 2 -   - 8 5 10 2 29.41% List
North Queensland NRL 1998 12 1 -   - 4 6 6 0 50.00% List
Overall 1986-1998 194 13 0   0 52 118 68 8 60.82% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1986-89 65 5 -   - 20 40 22 3 61.54% List
Manly 1990-95 100 5 -   - 20 67 30 3 67.00% List
North Queensland 1997-98 29 3 -   - 12 11 16 2 37.93% List
Overall 1986-1998 194 13 0   0 52 118 68 8 60.82% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1986-87, 1989 5 1 -   - 4 1 4 0 20.00% List
Manly 1990, 1993-95 7 - -   - - 3 4 0 42.86% List
Overall 1986-1995 12 1 0   0 4 4 8 0 33.33% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan Championship 1986/87 19 3 -   - 12 16 3 0 84.21% List
Overall 1986-1987 19 3 0   0 12 16 3 0 84.21% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan 1986 19 3 -   - 12 16 3 0 84.21% List
Overall 1986-1987 19 3 0   0 12 16 3 0 84.21% List

Your Say

Anonymous says: met him once couldnt have been any nicer very easy to talk to. (16/08/2016)

David says: A great player,a real enforcer for manly . (25/06/2017)

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