Gary Freeman (rugby league)

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Gary Freeman
Gary Freeman (10 November 2008).jpg
Freeman in 2008
Personal information
Full name Gary Ross Freeman
Born (1962-12-04) 4 December 1962 (age 55)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 83 kg (185 lb)
Position Halfback

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981–87 Northcote Tigers
1983–84 Castleford Tigers 17 4 0 0 16
1988–91 Balmain Tigers 51 19 0 0 76
1992–93 Eastern Suburbs 35 11 0 0 44
1994–95 Penrith Panthers 44 21 0 0 84
1996 Parramatta Eels 21 2 0 0 8
Total 168 57 0 0 228
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–87 Auckland
1986–95 New Zealand 45 10 0 0 40
Coaching information

Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2001–02 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 33
Source: [1][2]

Gary Ross Freeman,[3] MNZM (born 4 December 1962 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former professional rugby league footballer who represented his country.[1][2] He was arguably one of New Zealand's greatest Test halfbacks and at the time of his retirement he was the most-capped New Zealand test player and also held the record for most consecutive tests for New Zealand with 37.

He played for Kent Invicta RLFC (now defunct) at the start of the 1983-4 season. 9 appearances, 2 tries. Before moving on to Castleford

Playing career

Freeman was a Bay Roskill Vikings junior and played in New Zealand for the Northcote Tigers, then in Australia for the Balmain Tigers (playing in consecutive grand finals in 1988 and 1989), Eastern Suburbs Roosters, Penrith Panthers, and Parramatta Eels.[4] Freeman won The Dally M award as the leagues best player in 1992 while playing for Eastern Suburbs.[5]

Representative career

Freeman played for the Kiwis from 1986-1995.

Coaching career

Freeman also coached New Zealand from 2001-02.

Later years

He was the co host of Fox Sports NRL coverage and panel member of NRL on FOX until 2011. He is now coach of the New South Wales young achievers team.

Awards and Legacy

Freeman is nicknamed "Wiz", short for Wizard.

In the 1997 New Year Honours, Freeman was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for his services to rugby league.[6]

In 2007 Freeman was inducted as one of the NZRL's Legends of League.[7] He is an Auckland Rugby League Immortal.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ FREEMAN, Gary Ross 1986 - 95 - Kiwi #599 Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine. nzleague.co.nz
  4. ^ Bay Roskill Rugby League Inc aucklandleague.co.nz
  5. ^ https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11718921
  6. ^ Freeman gets his time and more in spotlight North Shore Times Advertiser, 14 January 1997. p.50.
  7. ^ "New Zealand Rugby League Annual Report 2008" (pdf). NZRL. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-21. [dead link]
  8. ^ Stacey Jones, Auckland Rugby League Immortal Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. est1995.co.nz, 21 September 2003
Preceded by
Frank Endacott
Coach
New Zealand Kiwis

2001-2002
Succeeded by
Daniel Anderson
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