Chris Phelan

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Chris Phelan
Personal information
Born (1955-12-12) 12 December 1955 (age 61)
Borris-in-Ossery, Portloise, Ireland
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1980–81 Souths Magpies
1982–84 Parramatta Eels 51 5 0 0 18
1984–85 Oldham  ?  ?
1985–?? Souths Magpies  ?  ?
Total 5 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981–84 Queensland 4 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

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[1] and a two-time New South Wales Rugby League premiership-winner with the Parramatta Eels.

Phelan was born in Ireland.[2] 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.

Phelan signed to Sydney's defending premiers Parramatta in 1982. He had to sit out the start of the 1982 while Parramatta waged a battle with the Queensland Rugby League over his transfer fee.

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.

After a season with Oldham in England, Phelan returned to his home state in 1985 and continued playing with Souths, helping them to victory in the 1985 Brisbane Rugby League grand final.

In 2008 he was named in the Souths Magpies team of the century.


  1. ^ Queensland representatives Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. at
  2. ^ Ricketts, Steve (2008-07-24). "League fans want passion not thuggery". The Courier-Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 2010-05-15.