Paul Anderson (rugby league, born 1971)

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Paul Anderson
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Personal information
Full name Paul John Anderson
Born (1971-10-25) 25 October 1971 (age 46)
Castleford, West Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 21 st 5 lb (135 kg)
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Halifax
Leeds
1997–05 Bradford Bulls 175 42
2005–06 St. Helens 62 1 42
Total 237 0 1 0 84
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–93 Great Britain U-21 2
2000–01 England 5 0 0 0 0
1999–03 Great Britain 10 0 0 0 0
Yorkshire
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2008 Huddersfield Giants
2012–16 Huddersfield Giants
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2][3][4]

Paul "Baloo" Anderson (born 25 October 1971) is an English former rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. He is an assistant coach of the England national rugby league team having been head coach of the Huddersfield Giants between 2013 and 2016.

Playing career[edit]

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.[5] 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 played for Bradford Bulls at prop forward in the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St. Helens.

Anderson won caps for England while at Bradford Bulls in 2000 against Australia (sub), Fiji, Ireland, and New Zealand (sub), in 2001 against Wales,[6] 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).[7]

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.

In his first year of coaching at the Huddersfield Giants he earned his first piece of silverware by winning the League Leaders' Shield, the first time Huddersfield had won the trophy in over 80 years.

Following a disappointing series of results at the start of the 2016 season where Huddersfield won only 4 of the first 18 games Anderson and assistant coach Kieron Purtill were sacked.[8]

In September 2016 Anderson was named as one of the two assistant coaches of the England team.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  2. ^ Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  3. ^ Playing Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  4. ^ Coaching Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  5. ^ Fletcher, Raymond (1997). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1997. Headline Book Publishing. p. 357. ISBN 978-0-7472-7764-4. 
  6. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Paul Anderson and Kieron Purtill sacked by Huddersfield Giants". Sky Sports. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Paul Anderson: England appoint ex-Huddersfield Giants boss as assistant coach". BBC Sport. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 

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