Lachlan Coote

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Lachlan Coote
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Personal information
Born (1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 28)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–13 Penrith Panthers 83 43 10 1 193
2014– North Queensland 76 14 0 4 60
Total 159 57 10 5 253
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–12 City Origin 2 2 0 0 8
2012 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2016 Scotland 3 0 0 0 0
As of 25 February 2018
Source: [1]

Lachlan Coote (born 6 April 1990) is a Scottish international rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL. A representative for New South Wales and Australia at junior level, Coote started his career with the Penrith Panthers and was a member of the Cowboys' 2015 NRL premiership and 2016 World Club Challenge winning sides.


Coote was born in Windsor, New South Wales, Australia. He was raised in Sydney's Greater West and is of Scottish descent

He played his junior rugby league for the Windsor Wolves and attended Windsor High School[4]

Early career[edit]

Coote joined the Penrith Panthers as a teenager, playing in their premiership-winning Harold Matthews Cup team in 2006. In 2007, he played in the Panthers' S.G. Ball Cup team that lost in the grand final to the Parramatta Eels. Coote was named player of the tournament and was named to play for New South Wales under-17.[5] Later that year he represented the Australian Schoolboys on their undefeated tour of New Zealand.[6]

Coote started the 2008 season playing for the Panthers in the inaugural season of the National Youth Competition. A clear stand out performer, Coote scored 138 points in 12 games and was selected in the New South Wales under-18 side, scoring 14 points in the Blues' victory over Queensland.[7] At the end of the season he was named at fullback in the NYC Team of the Year.

Playing career[edit]


After regular Panthers' fullback Rhys Wesser was ruled out with injury, Coote made his first grade debut on 27 June 2008 in the Round 16 clash with the Brisbane Broncos at CUA Stadium.[7] In the first draw of the 2008 season, Coote had an outstanding game, winning Man of the Match.[8] While Wesser returned from injury in the next game against the Eels, Coote remained in the first grade side, being named as winger. At the end of the season, he was named Penrith's Rookie of the Year and awarded the Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year award.


After the departure of Rhys Wesser to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Coote started the 2009 season establishing himself as the Panthers first choice fullback. In Round 3 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Coote scored his first NRL try in the Panthers 12–10 win at Brookvale Oval.[9] After Round 14 in the Panthers' 20–6 loss against the Sea Eagles, Coote suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and finished the year with him playing in 12 matches and scoring four tries.


In an effort to prevent further injury, Coote added 10 kg of muscle to his frame in the off-season and started the 2010 season weighing in at 85 kilograms.[10] Coote played his first full season of NRL, playing 20 games and scoring a career-high 17 tries, including a hat trick against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 8. He represented NSW City for the first time, starting at fullback and scoring a try in their 30–18 loss to Country.


After battling osteitis pubis throughout the 2010 season, Coote opted for surgery in the offseason and returned in time for Round 1 of the 2011 NRL season.[11] He finished the year with him playing in 15 matches and was the Panthers equal highest tryscorer alongside David Simmons with 12 tries.


Despite the Panthers finishing in second last place, Coote represented NSW City] ] for the second time and lined up for the Prime Minister’s XIII in their annual end of season match against Papua New Guinea. Coote finished the 2012 season at five-eighth after coach Ivan Cleary moved him from fullback in Round 20.


Coote started the 2013 NRL season at five-eighth but tore his pectoral muscle in Round 2 against the Wests Tigers.[12] Despite being ruled out for the season, Coote returned for Penrith in Round 22, playing in the club's last five games.

On 2 September 2013, Penrith announced that Coote had been released from the final year of his contract to sign a three-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys.[13]

Of Scottish descent, Coote was named in Scotland's squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup but withdrew to focus on a full pre-season with the Cowboys.[14]


Coote tore his ACL in the Cowboys' first game at the Auckland Nines, ruling him out for the entire 2014 NRL season.[15]


Coote started the season in the Queensland Cup, playing two games for the Cowboys' affiliate side the Northern Pride.[citation needed] He made his Cowboys debut in their Round 3 loss to the Broncos, playing fullback. He would go on to cement his spot as the club's first choice fullback, as the side went on a club record 11 game winning streak.

Coote continued to contribute successfully throughout the 2015 season, and solidified himself as a premier playmaker alongside Dally M medalist Jonathan Thurston as well as Hooker, Jake Granville, and five eighth Michael Morgan. The 'spine' for the North Queensland Cowboys was instrumental in their success during the 2015 season. These four players (Lachlan Coote, Jonathan Thurston, Michael Morgan, Jake Granville) were named's #1 playmaking spine for 2015.[16] Coote was named by popular NRL journalist Andrew Voss, as the #1 Fullback in the competition at defusing kicks.[17] as well as being lauded for his impressive positional play at fullback.

On 4 October, Coote was a member of the Cowboys' Grand Final winning side, starting at fullback in the side's 17–16 victory over the Brisbane Broncos.


On 2 February 2016, Coote was named in the Cowboys 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[18] On 21 February 2016, Coote was a member of the Cowboys' 2016 World Club Challenge winning side, starting at fullback in the side's 38–4 victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium.

On 27 April 2016, despite much larger deals being offered elsewhere, Coote re-signed with the Cowboys until the end of the 2018 season, after his early season form saw him touted as a possible selection for New South Wales.[19]

In May, Coote was selected in the City Origin side but withdrew due to a rib injury.[20] Coote ended 2016 having started every game for the Cowboys' at fullback[21]

In October, Coote was named in Scotland's 2016 Four Nations squad.[22] In the final round of the tournament, Coote was awarded man of the match honours in Scotland's 18–18 upset draw with world number one nation New Zealand.


Despite an injury interrupted start to the season, Coote played 21 games for the Cowboys in 2017, scoring two tries and kicking two field goals. On 1 October, he started at fullback in the club's 2017 NRL Grand Final loss to the Melbourne Storm.

Achievements and accolades[edit]


  • Penrith Panthers Rookie of the Year: 2008
  • Penrith Panthers Members' Player of the Year: 2012[23]
  • NYC Team of the Year: 2008




Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season[24]
Denotes seasons in which Coote won an NRL Premiership
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2008 Penrith 5 0 6 54.6 0 12
2009 Penrith 12 4 0 0 16
2010 Penrith 20 17 2 66.7 0 72
2011 Penrith 15 12 0 0 48
2012 Penrith 24 9 2 100 1 41
2013 Penrith 7 1 0 0 4
2015 North Queensland 26 6 0 1 25
2016 North Queensland 27 5 0 1 21
2017 North Queensland 21 2 0 2 10
Career totals 157 56 10 62.5 5 249


Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2016 Scotland 3 0 0 0 0
Career totals 3 0 0 0 0

Personal life[edit]

Coote has one child, a son named Bailey, with his partner Laura Ottolino.[25]


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  2. ^ Liam Butterworth. "North Queensland Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan says his new partnership with Johnathan Thurston and Lachlan Coote must still bring points while they find their feet". Townsville Bulletin. 
  3. ^ NQ Cowboys [@nthqldcowboys] (6 April 2016). "His teammates call him "Pop" but Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote is a spritely 26 today! #ridemcowboys" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  4. ^ Full-back to the future Archived 10 July 2012 at Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 6 July 2008
  5. ^ Under-17 Blues smash Queensland[permanent dead link] NSWRL. Retrieved 6 July 2008
  6. ^ "2007 Australian Schoolboys Team Announced - Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". FOX SPORTS. 
  7. ^ a b Panther prodigy Lachlan Coote poised to pounce Daily Telegraph. 6 July 2008
  8. ^ Coote swears to stay The Mt Druitt Standard. Retrieved 6 July 2008
  9. ^ "Panthers boilover keeps Manly winless". ABC News. 
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  11. ^ Ben Horne (12 February 2016). "Penrith fullback Lachlan Coote says he's confident his injured groin has been fixed by surgery". Fox Sports. 
  12. ^ "Penrith Panthers suffer major blow with five-eighth Lachlan Coote to miss the rest of the NRL season". Fox Sports. 
  13. ^ "Panthers release Coote, signs with Cowboys". Zero Tackle. 
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  15. ^ "Auckland Nines 2014 Injury Update Including Lachlan Coote, Todd Carney - Triple M NRL". Triple M. 15 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Top 5 Playmaking Spines". 
  17. ^ "Lachlan Coote Bomb Defuse". 
  18. ^ "Cowboys name strong Nines squad - Rugby League Week". Rugby League Week. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. 
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  23. ^ "Panthers Honour 2012 Stars as the Club Looks to a Stronger Season Ahead". 
  24. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (12 February 2016). "Lachlan Coote". 
  25. ^ Paul Malone. "NRL grand final 2015: Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote to start contract talks in the off-season". Courier Mail. 

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