12 December 1955 |
Borris-in-Ossery, Portloise, Ireland
Chris Phelan (born 12 December 1955) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1980s. He was a state representative versatile forward for Queensland and a two-time New South Wales Rugby League premiership-winner with the Parramatta Eels.
Phelan was born in Ireland. Immensely strong for his size, the Townsville forward was playing for Brisbane's Southern Suburbs club when he first was first selected for Queensland at lock in all three games of the 1981 interstate series. Phelan was the Brisbane Rugby League premierships Rothmans Medal winner that year and also won the Grand Final with Souths.
He played at prop in the Eels' two Grand Final wins over Manly in 1982 and 1983 but moved to the second-row for the 6-4 loss in the 1984 decider against Canterbury. In 1984 he was recalled to the Queensland side for game III of the State of Origin series where he appeared at second-row.
In 2008 he was named in the Souths Magpies team of the century.