10 November 1962 |
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb; 207 lb)|
Bob Lindner (born 10 November 1962) is a former professional rugby league footballer and coach of the 1980s, and 1990s. An Australia national and Queensland State of Origin representative forward, he is one of a handful of players to be named 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 forward for South Brisbane Magpies in the Brisbane Rugby League from 1983 to 1984, playing in South's losing 1984 Grand Final team alongside Mal Meninga, Gary Belcher and Peter Jackson. In 1985 he signed with the team who had defeated Souths in the 1984 Grand Final, the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, where he played alongside Queensland and Australia captain Wally Lewis, Gene Miles, Greg Dowling and Colin Scott. The 1985 BRL Grand Final saw Souths Magpies defeat Wynnum-Manly 10-8.
Lindner won his only BRL premiership in 1986 as the Seagulls defeated Past Brothers 14-6 in the Grand Final at Lang Park. 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). Despite not having played a test before his selection, Lindner was chosen as the #1 Lock-forwad on the tour following the controversial omission of incumbent test lock Wayne Pearce. Pearce had ruptured his Anterior cruciate ligament in the third test against New Zealand at Lang Park earlier in the year, and despite a sustained rehabilitation and being declared fit by his surgeon Dr Merv Cross, was ruled out by Kangaroos team doctors following a pre-tour medical. Also not considered for selection was Lindner's Queensland team mate, Manly-Warringah lock forward Paul Vautin who had broken his arm during the 1986 NSWRL season.
Following his successful Kangaroo tour, Lindner signed with reigning NSWRL premiers, the Parramatta Eels as a much-anticipated replacement for club captain Ray Price, who had retired following the Eels 1986 Grand Final win over Canterbury-Bankstown. During Britain's 1987–88 Rugby Football League season Lindner played for English club Castleford at lock forward, scoring a try in their 12-12 draw with Bradford Northern in the 1987 Yorkshire Cup Final at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 17 October 1987, but he did not play in the 2-11 defeat by Bradford Northern in the final's replay at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 31 October 1987. Following his stint with Castleford, he played against New Zealand in 1987 and Great Britain in 1988. Back in Australia, after 28 games over two season's for the Eels in which they failed to play finals football, Lindner signed with newly created expansion team, the Gold Coast Giants for the 1988 NSWRL season. A broken leg in a 1989 State of Origin series match ruled Lindner out of the New Zealand tour.
After joining a young Western Suburbs Magpies side, Lindner was named man-of-the-match in the Game III 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. His performances for the 1990 Kangaroos saw him named the player of the tour. Lindner suffered another broken leg in 1991 but made a strong 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 NSWRL 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 game 3 win, his last game for the Maroons), 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.
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.
He has also been a qualified Optometrist since 1985. Lindner's university exams actually fell during both his debut State of Origin series in 1984, and again in 1985, causing him to have to miss team bonding sessions so he could study.
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