10 November 1962 |
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb)|
|1995–96||South Queensland Crushers||43||9||1||33||21|
Bob Lindner (born 10 November 1962) is a former Australian representative rugby league player and coach. He represented his country in the sport and is one of a handful of players to be man-of-the-match in State of Origin football more than once. Fifteen years after his retirement from football in Australia, he had made the most appearances and scored the most tries of any forward in State of Origin history.
Lindner played lock with South Brisbane Magpies (1983–84) and Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (1985–86). In 1986 Lindner was first selected for the Australian national team, the last player to do so from a non-NSWRL club. Representing Australia on the 1986 Kangaroo Tour, he played in all six Tests (Papua New Guinea, Great Britain and France).
Lindner played at Parramatta (as a much-anticipated replacement for Ray Price) and at the Gold Coast but both stays were short-lived.
A broken leg in a State of Origin match in 1989 ruled Lindner out of the New Zealand tour. However after joining a young Wests side, he was named man-of-the-match in the third match of the 1990 State of Origin series and at the end of the 1990 NSWRL season, he went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.
Lindner suffered another broken leg injury in 1991 but made a great recovery before breaking the leg again while playing against New Zealand. 1992 saw him named man-of-the-match in the second game of the State of Origin series and during the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, he helped Australia retain The Ashes, pushing his Test tally to 19, before playing in the World Cup final win.
Wests' salary cap problems saw him join his fourth premiership club, the Illawarra Steelers, in 1993 but after playing for Australia (against New Zealand) and Queensland (an emotional try-scoring performance in the Maroons' 24-12 win), he announced his intention to leave Australia and play abroad. Lindner's player agent, the successful Sydney businessman Michael Saad, received many offers and the following year Lindner would play in England.
For the 1993–94 Rugby Football League season, Lindner took over as captain-coach of Oldham following the departure of fellow Australian forward, Peter Tunks and successfully averted the team's relegation to Second Division.
South Queensland Crushers
Lindner then returned to Australia and linked with the short-lived South Queensland Crushers where he was originally recruited as a player but retired in order to replace Bill Gardner as club coach in 1995–96. He stood down as coach in 1997, the Crushers' final year in the Australian Rugby League premiership.
In the year 2000 Lindner was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league. In 2008, the year of centenary celebrations for the sport in Australia, he was named at lock in Queensland's rugby league team of the century. In June 2008, he was chosen in the Queensland Rugby League's Team of the Century at lock-forward.
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- Zillman banned for four weeks for biting AAP, 19 August 2009
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- Bob Lindner stats at rugbyleagueproject.com
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- Bob Lindner at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk