Paul McGregor (rugby league)

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Paul McGregor
Personal information
Nickname Mary
Born (1967-12-31) 31 December 1967 (age 49)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991–98 Illawarra Steelers 124 44 0 0 176
1999–01 St. George Illawarra 34 13 0 0 52
Total 158 57 0 0 228
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–97 Country Origin 5 1 0 0 4
1992–98 New South Wales 14 4 0 0 16
1994–97 Australia 3 1 0 0 4
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2014– St. George Illawarra 85 40 0 45 47
Source: [1][2]

Paul "Mary" McGregor (born 31 December 1967 in Dapto, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league coach and former player. He is the current head coach for the St. George Illawarra Dragons of the National Rugby League. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative three-quarter back, McGregor played his club football for the Illawarra Steelers and then the merged St George Illawarra Dragons at the commencement of their joint venture in 1999. He remained with the club and was appointed interim coach following the sacking of Steve Price part-way through the 2014 NRL season.

Playing career[edit]

McGregor played five seasons of first grade at Dapto before being signed by the Steelers at age 23 in 1991. He made his first grade debut in round 1 against the Penrith Panthers at WIN Stadium on 17 March.

McGregor represented the NSW Blues in fourteen State of Origin games between 1992 and 1998. He added a touch of class to the Blues backline in the 1990s with his trademark step and wonderful offloads. He was a powerful runner of the football out wide and provided a great combination with his club teammate, Blues winger Rod Wishart.

Paul McGregor made his Test debut for Australia from the bench in a one-off Test against France on 6 July 1994, scoring a try in the Kangaroos record 58-0 win at the Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. At the end of the 1994 NSWRL season, he was selected to the 1994 Kangaroo tour, though his tour came to a premature end with a hamstring injury suffered in the Kangaroos 80-2 win over the Sheffield Eagles.

He was Man of the Match in Game II of the 1997 State of Origin series.

He had played 124 games with the Steelers club from 1991 to 1998, scoring 44 tries. He was a part of the Steelers 1992 Tooheys Challenge winning side that defeated the Brisbane Broncos.

McGregor was the foundation captain of the St.George-Illawarra joint venture from 1999, leading the team into the 1999 NRL Grand Final against the Melbourne Storm.[3] He spent time on the sidelines with injury that year and following a shoulder reconstruction he did not play during the entire 2000 NRL season. McGregor returned to the club in 2001 on an incentive based contract and retired at the end of the season, having played 34 games with the joint venture club.

McGregor was sidelined by a shoulder injury and so could not represent Scotland at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup[4]

In 2011, the Illawarra Rugby League's centenary year, McGregor was named at centre in the Illawarra 'team of the century'.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

McGregor joined the Dragons' coaching staff in 2002 as a strength and conditioning coach, a position he also held with the NSW Blues.[6]

In 2009, with Wayne Bennett joining the club, McGregor left and took up the head coaching job at the Western Suburbs Red Devils club in the Illawarra Rugby League competition.[7]

McGregor coached the Illawarra NSW Cup team in 2012 and 2013 before taking up the assistant position at St George Illawarra. His successor at the Illawarra Cutters was another former Illawarra player, Ian Millward.

Following the announcement of the sacking of incumbent first grade coach, Steve Price, McGregor was elevated to coach of the top tier team in May 2014, initially until the end of the 2014 season.[8] Following improved form, McGregor was announced as the full-time head coach for the next three seasons until the end of 2017.[9]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project (player)
  2. ^ Rugby League Project (coach)
  3. ^ Matt Logue. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week. Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia (5 March 2008): pgs 30–31. 
  4. ^ "The Teams: Scotland". BBC. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  5. ^ (21 July 2011). "Illawarra rugby league names 'team of the century'". ABC News. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Roy Masters (15 February 2007). "Dragons put premiership before Origin". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 July 2008. 
  7. ^ Cleared Crockett still without NRL club Sydney Morning Herald, 28 December 2008
  8. ^
  9. ^ Dragons Appoint McGregor Full Time, St George Illawarra Dragons official website, 22 August 2014


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