|Full name||George Ndaira|
22 February 1985 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (13 st 8 lb)|
|Position||Hooker, Halfback, Five-eighth|
|2006||St. George Illawarra||3||0||0||0||0|
|As of 8 April 2010|
George Ndaira (born 22 February 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a rugby league player for the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs in the Newcastle Rugby League. He previously played for the Newcastle Knights, the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League. He is of Lebanese ethnicity. His position of choice is at hooker.
Rugby League Career
Ndaira was a part of the 2005 St George Illawarra Dragons Jersey Flegg Grand Final side. He played his school football at Marist College Kogarah and was coached by Dave Callander and Mark Hildebrandt.
He made his first grade debut in 2006 for the St George Illawarra Dragons. He played three first grade games with the Dragons. In 2007, joined the Sydney Roosters, however, he did not play a first grade game for the club, playing mostly in the reserve grade team. In 2008, he joined South Sydney Rabbitohs, playing fourteen games for the club in the season, and scoring four points (by kicking two goals).
In 2009, he joined the Newcastle Knights. He played there for two seasons. After the 2010 season, Ndaira was released from the Knights so he could sign with local Newcastle club, Kurri Kurri Bulldogs. However, this was short-lived, and he joined the Wests Tigers in 2011. While waiting for a spot in the Tigers' first grade team, he played for the Tigers' feeder side in the NSW Cup. After failing to reach first-grade for the Tigers, Ndaira again signed with Kurri Kurri for the 2012 season, as the captain-coach.
Ndaira played for Lebanon in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers however Lebanon drew with Ireland and did not qualify . George's moved from his usual position of Hooker to Half Back whilst playing in the Qualifiers and earned two Man of the Match performances against Wales & Ireland before his side bowed out against Samoa.
- Junior Club: Arncliffe Scots
- Round 3, 2008: Ndaira scored his first points in first grade (kicking a goal)
Ndaira captain-coached the Kurri-Kurri Bulldogs, who played in the local Newcastle Rugby League competition. He began this role in 2012 and lasted for two years.
In 2014, Ndaira became the Assistant Coach for the Newcastle Knights who play in the NSW Cup <
- Josh Leeson (29 July 2012). "Former Knight Ndaira to captain-coach Kurri". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 16 May 2012.