Matthew Elliott (rugby league)

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Matthew Elliott
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Elliott in 2012
Personal information
Born (1964-12-08) 8 December 1964 (age 53)
Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Position Second-row

Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–92 St. George 61 8 0 0 32
Coaching information

Years Team Gms W D L W%
1997–00 Bradford Bulls 132 91 4 37 69
2002–06 Canberra Raiders 130 59 1 70 45
2007–11 Penrith Panthers 113 49 2 62 43
2013–14 NZ Warriors 29 13 0 16 45
Total 404 212 7 185 52
Source: [1][2][3]

Matthew Elliott (born 8 December 1964) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. He has previously coached National Rugby League clubs, the Canberra Raiders, Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors, as well as a Super League club, the Bradford Bulls, and the United States national team.

Playing career[edit]

Born on Thursday Island, Elliott grew up in Townsville in far north Queensland.

Elliott played for Bondi United and was an Eastern Suburbs Roosters lower grade player.[4]

Between 1989 and 1992 Elliott played 61 games for the St. George Dragons. At the end of the 1992 NSWRL season Elliott played for the Dragons off the bench in their grand final loss against the Brisbane Broncos.

Coaching career[edit]

Injury cut Elliotts playing career short and he became an assistant to Brian Smith at the Dragons.[4]


Elliott followed Smith to the Bradford Bulls in 1996, before taking over as head coach. Elliott won the Super League title in his first season. In 1997 and 1999 he was named the Super League coach of the Year. He coached the Bradford Bulls to the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St Helens R.F.C..


After serving as assistant to Canberra Raiders coach Mal Meninga during the 2001 NRL season, Elliott was made coach for the 2002 premiership. During his tenure at the Raiders, Canberra won 59 and drew one of their 125 games, including four finals appearances in five seasons.

Elliott's most successful coaching season was 2003, when the Raiders won 16 of 24 games but were eliminated from the finals without winning a game.


On 19 February 2006, it was announced that Elliott would coach the Penrith Panthers from 2007 onwards, having signed a three-year deal. Elliott succeeded John Lang in this position.

In September 2008, Elliott was criticized for Penrith's consistent poor showings and it was speculated that he would be prematurely sacked before he saw through his three-year contract with the club. Elliott however defied the pressure and criticism and managed to convince the board into letting him remain in charge for the 2009 season.

After a promising start to the 2009 season, Elliott's contract was extended to the end of the 2011 season.[5] In the 2010 season, the Panthers finished second in the ladder, but they did not win a match in the finals series. Their 645 was the most points scored in the regular season, the second highest being 559.

On 25 April 2011, Elliott was informed by the Penrith board that his services would not be required beyond 2011. He vowed to continue at the helm for the rest of the season at the time, then on 20 June announced his resignation with immediate effect.

He is the current coach of the United States national side.[4][6] Following the 2011 NRL season Elliott coached the United States national rugby league team to a 40-4 victory over Jamaica to qualify for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, their first ever.[7]

Sydney Roosters[edit]

In 2012 Elliott served as Sydney Roosters assistant coach, again working under Brian Smith.

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

On 12 October 2012 Elliott was appointed head coach of the New Zealand Warriors for two seasons, replacing Brian McClennan who was sacked during the 2012 New Zealand Warriors season. He resigned as the USA coach before the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, to concentrate on the Warriors' off season. On 7 April 2014, he was sacked from the Warriors.[8]


Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Lang
Penrith Panthers

Succeeded by
Ivan Cleary
Preceded by
Mal Meninga
Canberra Raiders

Succeeded by
Neil Henry
Preceded by
Brian Smith
Bradford Bulls

Succeeded by
Brian Noble
Preceded by
Brian McClennan
New Zealand Warriors

Succeeded by
Andrew McFadden