Chris Chester (rugby league)

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Chris Chester
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Personal information
Full name Christopher Chester
Born (1978-10-08) 8 October 1978 (age 38)
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Playing information
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 13 st 6 lb (85 kg)
Position Second-row, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1996–99 Halifax 35 16 15 1 95
1999–01 Wigan Warriors 45 5 0 0 20
2002–06 Hull F.C. 102 14 0 0 56
2007–08 Hull Kingston Rovers 36 5 0 0 20
Total 218 40 15 1 191
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2014–16 Hull Kingston Rovers 31 16 0 15 52
2016– Wakefield Trinity (Wildcats) 27 17 0 10 63
Total 58 33 0 25 57
Source: Rugby League Project

Chris Chester (born 8 October 1978 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom) is an English rugby league former player, and current coach. He was the head coach of Hull Kingston Rovers, however his resignation was announced in February/March 2016. As a player, Chester played in the forwards for the Halifax, Wigan Warriors, Hull F.C. (with whom he won the 2005 Challenge Cup) and Hull Kingston Rovers in Super League.[1]

Playing career[edit]

The former Stanley Rangers junior was captain of England Schools before he signed as a professional with Halifax. He made an impression in the Super League in the 1998 season where he was the runner up for the Young Player of the Year award.

He moved to Wigan Warriors in 1999 and played from the interchange bench in their 2000 Super League Grand Final loss against St. Helens. He also played for Wigan from the interchange bench in their 2001 Super League Grand Final loss to the Bradford Bulls.

Chester then moved to Hull F.C., and played in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final from the interchange bench in their victory against the Leeds Rhinos.[2] After spending seven years at Hull F.C., Chester joined Hull Kingston Rovers for their inaugural season in Super League and played for the club for two seasons.

Coaching career[edit]

Chester retired from playing following a serious neck injury and took up a role as first team coach of Hull Kingston Rovers.[3] He has previously been on the coaching staff at Castleford Tigers.[4] In 2014, Chester was promoted to head coach following the departure of Craig Sandercock. In his first full season as head coach Chester guided Hull KR to the 2015 Challenge Cup Final, but his team were soundly beaten. On 24 February 2016, Hull Kingston Rovers dismissed Chris Chester as head coach following the home defeat to Wakefield Trinity (Wildcats) on 21 February 2016, they had gained one point from their opening three matches in Super League XXI.[5]

On 16 March 2016, Chris has been appointed Head Coach at Wakefield Trinity (Wildcats) with immediate effect


  1. ^ "Hull's Chester switches to Rovers". BBC. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hull stun Leeds in Challenge Cup". BBC News. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hull KR hand Chester coaching job". BBC. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tigers sign new academy coaches". BBC. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chris Chester sacked as Hull KR head coach". 24 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 

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