Paul Anderson (rugby league)
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|Full name||Paul John Anderson|
25 October 1971 |
Castleford, West Yorkshire, England
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||21 st 5 lb (135 kg)|
Paul 'Baloo' Anderson (born 25 October 1971) is an English rugby league footballer of the 1990s, and 2000s, and current Head Coach of the Huddersfield Giants. He was caretaker head coach for the Huddersfield Giants for the end of 2008's Super League XIII. He is currently the Head Coach at the Huddersfield Giants starting in 2013.
Paul began his playing career in 1991 playing as a Prop for Leeds. He made two appearances for Great Britain under-21's between 1992 and 1993 while at Leeds. He spent the majority of his career at the Bradford Bulls, where he established himself as a Bradford and Great Britain stalwart. In 2005, Anderson moved to St. Helens. On 10 May 2006, the BBC announced that Paul Anderson would retire from playing in order to be an assistant coach with Huddersfield Giants beginning in the 2007 season. On 16 July 2012 Anderson was announced as the new Head Coach after Nathan Brown's removal from the position. Anderson had been due to assume the role at the end of the 2012 Super League season but this was brought forward with Brown leaving early after a downturn in form and his decision to assume the job of Head Coach at St Helens for the 2013 season.
Anderson won caps for England while at Bradford Bulls in 2000 against Australia (sub), Fiji, Ireland, and New Zealand (sub), in 2001 against Wales, and won caps for Great Britain while at Bradford Bulls in 1999 against Australia (sub), in 2001 against France (sub), and Australia (sub) (3 matches), in 2002 against New Zealand (sub) (3 matches), and in 2003 against Australia (sub) (2 matches).
Anderson played for the Bradford Bulls from the interchange bench in their 2001 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors. As Super League VI champions, the Bulls played against 2001 NRL Premiers, the Newcastle Knights in the 2002 World Club Challenge. Anderson was selected for the interchange bench in Bradford's victory. He also played for Bradford from the bench in their 2002 Super League Grand Final loss against St. Helens.
Anderson played for the Bradford Bulls from the interchange bench in their 2003 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors. Having won Super League VIII, Bradford played against 2003 NRL Premiers, the Penrith Panthers in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Anderson played at prop forward in the Bulls' 22-4 victory. He also played for Bradford from the interchange bench in their 2004 Super League Grand Final loss against the Leeds Rhinos.
Anderson played for St Helens at prop forward in their 2006 Challenge Cup Final victory against the Huddersfield Giants. St Helens reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against Hull F.C. and Anderson played at prop forward in Saints' 26-4 victory.
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- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Playing Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Coaching Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Saints Heritage Society profile
- 2001 Ashes profile
- Anderson moves to St Helens
- Anderson announces retirement
- Bull Masters - Paul Anderson