Adrian Lam

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Adrian Lam
Adrian Lam.jpg
Personal information
Born (1970-08-25) 25 August 1970 (age 46)
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Playing information
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 76 kg (12 st 0 lb)
Position Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994–00 Sydney Roosters 146 42 0 6 174
2001–04 Wigan Warriors 119 44 3 10 192
Total 265 86 3 16 366
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1994–00 Papua New Guinea 11 3 0 1 13
1995–00 Queensland 14 4 0 0 16
1996 P.N.G. NRL 1 0 0 0 0
1997 Rest of the World 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2007–12 Papua New Guinea 7 2 0 5 29

Adrian Lam (born 25 August 1970 in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea)[1] is a Papua New Guinean rugby league football coach and former international player. He is the current head coach of Papua New Guinea. As a player, he is a former Papua New Guinea international and Queensland State of Origin representative. Lam moved from Papua New Guinea to Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland at the age of 7 where he was raised.[2]


Lam had a fertile career with 14 State of Origin football matches for Queensland, including a man-of-the-match performance in the third game of the 1995 series. He made his Test début for Papua New Guinea in 1994 and went on to win 11 caps, scoring 3 tries and kicking 1 field goal. In 1996, he captained the 'Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Team' against Australia. In 1997, he captained the 'Rest of the World' team against Australia. He captained the Kumuls to the quarter finals in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. He played at halfback for the Sydney Roosters in their 2000 NRL Grand Final loss to the Brisbane Broncos.

He played a total of 146 club games for the Sydney Roosters, scoring 42 tries and kicking 6 field goals, as well as 119 first team games for Wigan Warriors, scoring 44 tries, kicking 1 goal and 10 field goals, including a try in their 2001 Super League Grand Final loss to the Bradford Bulls.

Lam is one of only a few players to have played State of Origin for Queensland and for a country other than Australia. He is also the only player to be captain of a Queensland side and captain of a national team other than Australia. The reason he was allowed to do this was that due to the Super League war, Queensland were in need of a half-back due to the fact regular half-back Allan Langer had signed with Super League.


Lam became coach of Papua New Guinea in 2007, and was in charge for their 2008 Rugby League World Cup campaign.[3] In 2009 he started an appointment as assistant coach under Wayne Bennett at the St. George Illawarra Dragons.[4] He was the coach of the Papua New Guinea national rugby league team until he quit in 2009 due to a dispute with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League.

Lam became the coach of the St George-Illawarra Dragons Under 20s team in 2010 and 2011. He returned as coach of Papua New Guinea in 2012.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010 a court ordered former State of Origin teammate Dale Shearer to repay approximately $1.5m to Lam for an outstanding loan which dated back to 2005.[6]


  1. ^ Ritchie, Dean (6 April 2011). "Not being from Queensland no bar to Cane Toad State of Origin selection". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Hadfield, Dave (8 October 1995). "Island gods high in a dream world". The Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "PNG name preliminary squad". 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  4. ^ David Beniuk and Glenn Cullen (11 December 2009). "Lam organising Soward's game". Australia: AAP. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Elsworthy, Sophie (29 November 2010). "Former NRL star Dale Shearer ordered to pay former Queensland teammate Adrian Lam $1.5 million over unpaid loan". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 

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Preceded by
Bob Bennett
Papua New Guinea

Succeeded by
Stanley Gene
Preceded by
Stanley Gene
Papua New Guinea

Succeeded by