Nathan Gibbs

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Nathan Gibbs
Personal information
Born (1959-12-22) 22 December 1959 (age 57)
Playing information
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Position Lock, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978–83 South Sydney Rabbitohs 86 27 0 0 87
1984 Parramatta Eels 9 2 0 0 8
Total 95 29 0 0 95
Source: NRL Stats

Nathan Gibbs (born 22 December 1959[1]) is an Australian sports physician and former professional rugby league footballer. He played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Parramatta Eels in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition.

Early life and sports career[edit]

Gibbs was a South Sydney junior but was graded by Eastern Suburbs during his final year at school. He returned to South Sydney and made his first-grade debut in 1978. Gibbs went on to captain the club and was the Dally M Second Rower of the Year in 1980.

Medical education and training[edit]

After a season with Parramatta in 1984, he retired aged 24 to focus on a career in medicine, studying at the University of New South Wales and graduating with an M.B.B.S. in 1983.

In 1987, Gibbs graduated from the University of Sydney's Cumberland College with a Grad. Dip. Sports Sci.

Medical career[edit]

During the 1990s, he was team doctor for Manly Warringah, New South Wales and the Australian Kangaroos. In 1990, it was Gibbs that made the decision, controversial at the time, to rule Wally Lewis unfit to play for the Kangaroos.[2] Following the appointment of Chris Anderson as coach of the Kangaroos in 1999, Gibbs was replaced by then Canterbury doctor, Hugh Hazard.[3]

Gibbs continues to work in the rugby league arena and was also club doctor for the Sydney Swans where he was appointed Life Membership on 1 October 2010.[4][5]


  1. ^ Gary Lester (editor) (1983). The Sun Book of Rugby League - 1983. Sydney, New South Wales: John Fairfax Marketing. p. 78. ISBN 0-909558-83-3. 
  2. ^ Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 188. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1. 
  3. ^ "Gower report could lead to Barnhill's sacking" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 1999-04-25. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  4. ^ Peter Jessup (2008-09-24). "Time for judiciary to grapple with dangerous tackles". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  5. ^ Jenny McAsey (2008-09-11). "Swans draw on spirit of Kelly". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 2008-10-04. 

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