Laurie Freier

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Laurie Freier
Playing information
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1970–74 Eastern Suburbs 53 10 0 0 30
1975–76 Manly-Warringah 9 0 0 0 0
Total 62 10 0 0 30
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1983–84 Eastern Suburbs 51 19 2 30 37
1988 Western Suburbs 22 4 1 17 18
Total 73 23 3 47 32
Source: RLP

Laurie Freier is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach. He played in Sydney's NSWRFL Premiership for the Eastern Suburbs and Manly-Warringah clubs during the 1970s,[1] later coaching Easts as well as the Western Suburbs Magpies during the 1980s. He is also the father of former rugby union international Adam Freier.[2]


Freier began his first grade New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership career in 1970 with the Eastern Suburbs club. He played from the bench in Easts' loss to Manly-Warringah in the 1972 Grand Final, coming on in the second half to replace injured Greg Bandiera.[3] Moving to the Manly-Warringah club two years later, Freier managed a handful of first grade appearances in 1975 and 1976 before retiring.


Freier coached western Suburbs in the lower grades, winning the reserve grade premiership in 1981. In his initial year of first-grade coaching, with Eastern Suburbs, Freier was named coach of the year for the 1983 NSWRFL season.[4] He stopped coaching Easts at the end of the following season when the club finished second last. Freier started the 1988 Winfield Cup season as Western Suburbs Magpies coach but was replaced during the season by John Bailey.[5]


  1. ^ Laurie Freier Archived 4 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine. at
  2. ^ "Footy hardman survives Elephant Rock hits". Australia: News Limited. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Clarkson, Alan (17 September 1972). "Manly - deserved winners". The Sun-Herald. Australia. p. 72. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Clarkson, Alan (21 September 1983). "Coach-of-year newcomer surprised by his voting rivals". the Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 47. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Sarno, Tony (12 August 1988). "The battle heats up for 15th spot". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 47. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 

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