Gary Freeman (rugby league)
Freeman in 2008
|Full name||Gary Ross Freeman|
4 December 1962 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (185 lb)|
Gary Ross Freeman, 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
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.
Freeman played for the Kiwis from 1986-1995.
Freeman also coached New Zealand from 2001-02.
Awards and Legacy
Freeman is nicknamed "Wiz", short for Wizard.
- FREEMAN, Gary Ross 1986 - 95 - Kiwi #599 nzleague.co.nz
- Bay Roskill Rugby League Inc aucklandleague.co.nz
- Freeman gets his time and more in spotlight North Shore Times Advertiser, 14 January 1997. p.50.
- "New Zealand Rugby League Annual Report 2008" (pdf). NZRL. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-21.[dead link]
- Stacey Jones, Auckland Rugby League Immortal Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. est1995.co.nz, 21 September 2003
New Zealand Kiwis