Daniel Anderson (rugby league)

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Daniel Anderson
Personal information
Full name Daniel Clive Anderson
Born (1967-05-03) 3 May 1967 (age 51)
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2001–04 New Zealand Warriors 92 51 2 39 55
2005–08 St Helens 77 57 0 20 74
2009–10 Parramatta Eels 52 25 1 26 48
Total 221 133 3 85 60
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2004–05 New Zealand 8 1 1 6 13
2012 Exiles 2 1 0 1 50
As of 27 September 2009
Source: [1][2]

Daniel Clive Anderson (born 3 May 1967) is an Australian rugby league football coach. Anderson previously coached in Australia, New Zealand and England and is particularly noted for his work with the development of younger players.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Anderson began his coaching career in 1999 at the Parramatta Eels working his way up to Premier League coach before being made assistant coach to Brian Smith in 2000.[3]

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

In 2001, Anderson was a surprise choice for coach of the New Zealand Warriors. He had amazing success, taking them to their first finals series in 2001 and their first Grand Final in 2002, losing to the Sydney Roosters. The 2002 Dally M Coach of the Year was awarded to Anderson. He took the Warriors to another Finals series in 2003, the same year he replaced Gary Freeman as head coach of the New Zealand Kiwis.[4]

Anderson resigned from the Warriors in June 2004 after a bad start to the season; winning only three out of eleven games.[5] Anderson retained his position as coach of the New Zealand Kiwis until June 2005.

St Helens[edit]

He was appointed the coach of St Helens R.F.C. in 2005, succeeding the previous coach Ian Millward who had been sacked by the club. He left the position at the end of 2008's Super League XIII, returning to Australia.

In August 2006, St Helens won the Rugby League Challenge Cup after beating Huddersfield Giants 42–12 at Twickenham in the final. The club then went on to win the 2006 Grand Final.

In December 2006, Anderson was rewarded for St Helens' dominance throughout the season when he won the BBC Coach of the Year Award. This was the first time a rugby league coach had received the award. He was also named Super League's coach of the year in 2006 and again in 2007.

In February 2007, Anderson won the World Club Challenge with St. Helens, defeating Australian champions, the Brisbane Broncos.

He then went on to coach St Helens to win the 2007 Challenge Cup final, defeating the Catalans Dragons 30–8 at the new Wembley Stadium.

St. Helens made it to 2007's Super League XII Grand Final at Old Trafford against the Leeds Rhinos, but they lost 33–6.

In August 2008 Anderson won the Rugby League Challenge Cup with St Helens for a third successive year beating Hull FC 28–16 at Wembley Stadium.

He is the brother-in-law of former Hull Kingston Rovers coach Justin Morgan.

He coached St Helens in their loss to the Leeds Rhinos in 2008's Super League XIII Grand Final.[6]

Parramatta Eels[edit]

On 17 November 2008 Anderson was announced the head coach of the Parramatta Eels NRL squad for three years, beginning in 2009. He guided the Eels to a remarkable 2009 National Rugby League Grand Final from a position where after 18 rounds the Eels were tipped 150/1 to win the NRL. On 25 September 2010, it was announced that Anderson's contract had been terminated with immediate effect by the club, who replaced him with Stephen Kearney.

On 18 October 2013, it was announced that Anderson would leave his post as NRL Referees elite performance manager to return to Parramatta in the newly created job as general manager of football operations.

In 2016, Anderson along with four other board members were de-registered by The NRL and had their contracts terminated by Parramatta in the wake of the club's salary cap scandal. [7][8][9]. It was alleged that Anderson along with the other board members which the media dubbed "The gang of five" had been aware of or made payments to players outside of the game's rules. If found guilty of this, Anderson could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail for fraud. [10]


Dally M Coach of the Year 2002

NRL Grand Finalist 2002, 2009

Challenge Cup Winner 2006, 2007, 2008

Super League Grand Final Winner 2006

BBC Coach of the Year 2006

World Club Challenge Winner 2007


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Preceded by
Mark Graham
New Zealand Warriors

Succeeded by
Tony Kemp
Preceded by
Gary Freeman
New Zealand Kiwis

Succeeded by
Brian McClennan
Preceded by
Ian Millward
St Helens R.F.C.

Succeeded by
Mick Potter
Preceded by
Michael Hagan
Parramatta Eels

Succeeded by
Stephen Kearney