Chris Bailey (rugby league)

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Chris Bailey
Chris Bailey.jpg
Personal information
Full name Christopher Bailey
Nickname Bails, Ice Ice Bailey
Born (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 (age 35)
Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)[1]
Position Lock, Second-row, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–08 Newcastle Knights 29 10 0 0 40
2009–10 Manly Sea Eagles 46 7 0 0 28
2011–13 London Broncos 71 18 0 0 72
2014–15 Huddersfield Giants 34 5 0 0 20
Total 180 40 0 0 160
Source: [2][3][4][5]

Chris Bailey (born 5 July 1982 in Inverell, New South Wales) is an Australian retired professional rugby league footballer. He played primarily at five-eighth, though he could also lock the scrum. He played for the Newcastle Knights and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League, and the London Broncos and Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. He is the younger brother of former New South Wales and Australia representative forward Phil Bailey.


National Rugby League[edit]

Chris Bailey made his NRL début for the Newcastle Knights against Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium in round 10 of 2006.[6] Before his NRL début for the Knights, Bailey had been a junior for the Balmain Tigers. He was described by his Newcastle coach Brian Smith as an old-school Five-eighth.[7]

He had been linked with a move to join his brother at Wigan as a replacement for Trent Barrett.[8] but remained with the Knights until the end of the 2008 season.[9]

Bailey joined the Manly Sea Eagles, then the defending NRL premiers, on a 3-year deal from the 2009 NRL season.[10][11] He played five-eighth for the Sea Eagles in their 2009 World Club Challenge win over the 2008 Super League Grand Final winners, the Leeds Rhinos. Manly won the game 28-20 in front of 32,569 fans at Elland Road in Leeds.

Other than the WCC win, Bailey's time at Manly was ultimately unsuccessful. The injury ravaged Sea Eagles failed to advance past the first week of the finals in both 2009 and 2010 and the emergence of young New Zealand five-eighth Kieran Foran in 2009 saw Bailey released by the club at the end of the 2010 season (ironically Manly, with most of its star players free from injury, would go on to win the 2011 NRL Grand Final with Foran at 5/8).

Super League[edit]

After leaving Manly, Bailey joined Super League club London Broncos on a three-year deal from the 2011 season. He then joined Huddersfield Giants on a two-year contract from the start of the 2014 season.[12]


  1. ^ "Huddersfield Giants 1st Team Chris Bailey". Huddersfield Giants web site. Huddersfield Giants. 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  2. ^ loverugbyleague
  3. ^ Rugby League Project
  4. ^ Herald Sun
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Chris Bailey". Herald Sun. 16 May 2008. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Knights' Bailey barrage befits moment". LeagueHQ. 2008-04-21. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  8. ^ "Knights' Bailey could be the key to unlocking Barrett deal". LeagueHQ. 2008-05-17. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Knights' Bailey to stay a Knight". LeagueHQ. 17 July 2006. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  10. ^ "Bailey seals deal with Manly". Fox Sports. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  11. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  12. ^ "Huddersfield Giants: Chris Bailey signs from Broncos". BBC Sport. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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