Kris Radlinski

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Kris Radlinski
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Personal information
Full nameKristian John Radlinski[1]
Born (1976-04-09) 9 April 1976 (age 43)
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
Playing information
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight14 st 2 lb (90 kg)
PositionFullback, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1993–06 Wigan Warriors 322 183 1 0 734
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–03 Lancashire 3 3 0 0 12
1995–01 England 10 3 0 0 12
1996–04 Great Britain 20 4 0 0 16
Source: [2][3][4][5]

Kristian John Radlinski MBE (born 9 April 1976) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played mainly as a fullback. He played his entire professional career for his hometown club, Wigan Warriors, making over 300 appearances between 1993 and 2006, and also represented England and Great Britain at international level.[3][4][5]


Radlinski was born Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. His family originated in Poland and have lived in Wigan since World War II.

Playing career[edit]

Radlinski signed for his hometown club in 1993, aged 17, and went on to play his entire professional career for them after having played for Wigan St Judes and Wigan St Patricks at amateur level. In 1995, at age 19, he became the first player to score a hat-trick in a Premiership Final and also the youngest ever winner of the Harry Sunderland Trophy for man-of-the-match in Wigan's victory.[6]

Radlinski was selected to play for England in the 1995 World Cup Final at fullback in their defeat by Australia.

Radlinski was a Premiership winner with Wigan, playing Fullback in Wigan's 44-14 victory over St. Helens in the Rugby League Premiership Final during Super League I at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday 8 September 1996.[7]

Radlinski played left-centre, i.e. number 4, and scored a try in Wigan's 25-16 victory over St. Helens in the 1995–96 Regal Trophy Final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 13 January 1996.[8]

In the 1997 post season, Radlinski was selected to play for Great Britain at centre in all three matches of the Super League Test series against Australia.

Radlinski was named in the Super League Dream Team of 1998. He also appeared for Wigan Warriors at fullback in their 1998 Super League Grand Final victory over Leeds Rhinos. Radlinski played for Wigan at centre in their 2000 Super League Grand Final loss to St. Helens.

Radlinski played at fullback in Wigan's 2001 Super League Grand Final loss against the Bradford Bulls. In the 2002 Challenge Cup Final at Murrayfield Stadium Radlinski won the Lance Todd Trophy for man of the match. Kris competed in this match despite being in hospital all week prior to Wigan's 21–12 victory over St Helens with a serious foot infection,.

Radlinski played for Wigan at fullback in the 2003 Super League Grand Final defeat by Bradford Bulls.

He was given a testimonial year in 2005 for his loyal service to Wigan Warriors, and despite that year being very successful for the team, it was a difficult season for Kris with him making only 15 appearances for the team through a knee injury. His testimonial match was played at the JJB Stadium on 29 January 2006 against the Huddersfield Giants. Wigan won this match 38–22.

Internationally he was capped 20 times by Great Britain, and won 10 England caps. The pinnacle of his international career, in which he was a main stay in the international setup, saw him captain the team against New Zealand 'A'. He scored three tries in this match.


Radlinski announced his retirement from the sport prematurely on 2 March 2006 due to persistent injuries. He had made 310 appearances for Wigan, scoring 183 tries. This brought down the curtain on a successful career during which the player was a loyal servant to his club.


In June 2006 Radlinski came out of retirement and returned to Wigan for the remainder of 2006's Super League XI, playing for "no fee" to aid the team during their personnel struggles that year. He once again retired at the conclusion of the season.


In 2007, Radlinski was awarded an MBE for his services to rugby league.[9]

Radlinski returned to Wigan during the 2009 season to take a scholarship coaching role. As well as publishing an autobiography entitled Simply Rad,[10] he was given a place on the England coaching staff for the 2009 Four Nations tournament. On 1 December 2009, Radlinski was appointed Rugby General Manager at Wigan, working alongside new head coach Michael Maguire.[11]





  1. ^ Phillips, Ewan (2010). The Wigan Warriors miscellany. Stroud: The History Press. ISBN 978-0752456751.
  2. ^ "Kris Radlinski". Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "England Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Tri-Nations: Great Britain profiles". Mail Online. London, England: Associated Newspapers. 19 October 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  7. ^ "8th September 1996: St Helens 14 Wigan 44 (Premiership Trophy Final)". 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  8. ^ "13th January 1996: St Helens 16 Wigan 25 (Regal Trophy Final)". 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  9. ^ "RFL hails impact of Radlinski MBE". BBC Sport. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  10. ^ Radlinski, Kris (2009). Simply Rad. UK: Vertical Editions. ISBN 9781904091349. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Radlinski appointed Wigan manager". wwos. Archived from the original on 6 December 2009.
  12. ^ "The County of Origin". League Unlimited. 21 June 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2017.

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