Brian Battese

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Brian Battese
Personal information
Nickname Bruiser
Born (1961-03-25) 25 March 1961 (age 53)
Playing information
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Position Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–8? Wynnum-Manly
1983 Wests (Sydney) 23 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Canterbury-Bankstn. 43 4 0 0 16
1986–87 Salford
1986–87 Easts (Sydney) 23 1 0 0 4
1988 Canberra Raiders 2 0 0 0 0
Total 91 5 0 0 20
Source: NRL Stats,[1]

Brian Battese (born 25 March 1961) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s. He played in the Brisbane Rugby League and New South Wales Rugby League premierships, primarily playing as a second-row forward.

Playing career[edit]

A South Lismore junior, Battese played with Wynnum-Manly Seagulls in the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership. He played in Wynnum-Manly's 1982 Grand Final victory over Souths[2] before moving to Sydney club, Western Suburbs Magpies, in 1983. After one season with the club, he moved to Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for two seasons under coach Warren Ryan. Although Battese started the 1984 season in reserve-grade, in April he replaced the injured Phil Gould and retained the position for the remainder of the year and played in the premiership winning team against Parramatta. In 1985, Battese was a member of the victorious Canterbury team that defeated St. George in the grand final.

Battese spent the 1985–1986 off-season with Salford City in England before returning to Australia to join Eastern Suburbs. After a move to the A.C.T. in 1988, Battese played only two matches for the Canberra Raiders before retiring.

Battese now teaches at St. John's College in Lismore and coaches junior rugby league.[3][4]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Gary Lester (editor) (1983). The Sun Book of Rugby League - 1983. Sydney, New South Wales: John Fairfax Marketing. pp. page 90. ISBN 0-909558-83-3. 
  2. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=u2oRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=r-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3957,353610
  3. ^ Geoff Newling (2008-11-06). "Farrer in a fight to cling on". The Northern Daily Leader. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  4. ^ Steve Spinks (2006-05-27). "Kyogle a tough trip for Brothers". The Northern Star. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 

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