Gary Freeman (rugby league)

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Gary Freeman
Gary Freeman (10 November 2008).jpg
Freeman in 2008
Personal information
Full name Gary Ross Freeman
Nickname Wiz
Born (1962-12-04) 4 December 1962 (age 54)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 83 kg (185 lbs)
Position Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981–87 Northcote Tigers
1983–84 Castleford Tigers 17 4 0 0 16
1988–91 Balmain Tigers 51 19 0 0 76
1992–93 Eastern Suburbs 35 11 0 0 44
1994–95 Penrith Panthers 44 21 0 0 84
1996 Parramatta Eels 21 2 0 0 8
Total 168 57 0 0 228
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–87 Auckland
1986–95 New Zealand 45 10 0 0 40
Coaching information
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2001–02 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 33
Source: RLP Coaching Stats RLP Playing Stats

Gary Ross Freeman,[1] MNZM (born 4 December 1962 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former professional rugby league footballer who represented his country. He was arguably one of New Zealand's greatest Test halfbacks and at the time of his retirement he was the most-capped New Zealand test player and also held the record for most consecutive tests for New Zealand with 37.

He played for Kent Invicta RLFC (now defunct) at the start of the 1983-4 season. 9 appearances, 2 tries. Before moving on to Castleford

Playing career[edit]

Freeman was a Bay Roskill Vikings junior and played in New Zealand for the Northcote Tigers, then in Australia for the Balmain Tigers (playing in consecutive grand finals in 1988 and 1989), Eastern Suburbs Roosters, Penrith Panthers, and Parramatta Eels.[2]

Representative career[edit]

Freeman played for the Kiwis from 1986-1995.

Coaching career[edit]

Freeman also coached New Zealand from 2001-02.

Later years[edit]

He was the co host of Fox Sports NRL coverage and panel member of NRL on FOX until 2011. He is now coach of the New South Wales young achievers team.

Awards and Legacy[edit]

Freeman is nicknamed "Wiz", short for Wizard.

In the 1997 New Year Honours, Freeman was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for his services to rugby league.[3]

In 2007 Freeman was inducted as one of the NZRL's Legends of League.[4] He is an Auckland Rugby League Immortal.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FREEMAN, Gary Ross 1986 - 95 - Kiwi #599 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ Bay Roskill Rugby League Inc[permanent dead link] aucklandleague.co.nz
  3. ^ Freeman gets his time and more in spotlight North Shore Times Advertiser, 14 January 1997. p.50.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Rugby League Annual Report 2008" (pdf). NZRL. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-21. [dead link]
  5. ^ Stacey Jones, Auckland Rugby League Immortal Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. est1995.co.nz, 21 September 2003
Preceded by
Frank Endacott
Coach
New Zealand Kiwis

2001-2002
Succeeded by
Daniel Anderson