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|Full name||Rodney William Reddy|
1 March 1954 |
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm).|
|Weight||14 st 5 lb (201 lb; 91 kg)|
Rod Reddy (born 1 March 1954) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach. He played in the NSWRL Premiership for the St. George Dragons between 1972 and 1983 and the Illawarra Steelers between 1984 and 1985. He also represented Queensland in the State of Origin and the Australia national rugby league team. He coached the Adelaide Rams for their only two seasons.
Born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Reddy joined Sydney's St. George Dragons club in 1972 and stayed for 12 seasons. He was a member of premiership winning teams in 1977 and 1979. Reddy made the first of 17 representative appearances for Australia in 1977, and is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 497. He was selected to go on the 1978 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France and in the first Test was named man-of-the-match. Reddy was selected to play for Queensland in the first State of Origin match played on 8 July 1980. He was one Australia's "Invincibles" in the 1982 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France. Reddy moved to the Illawarra Steelers in 1984 and played for one last season in 1985 before retiring.
Rod Reddy took on a player-coach role at Barrow in 1987. Barrow earned promotion to Division One but that campaign saw Barrow manage only one league win and suffer a club record 90-0 defeat at Leeds. Reddy was sacked and Denis Jackson took over as a caretaker coach for the rest of 1989/90
After a successful coaching stint with Cumbria, Reddy took on the reserve grade coaching duties position Brian Smith at St George. He was appointed Smith’s successor as coach in 1996 but embraced the Super League concept and walked out on his former club before a match was played. After sitting out the 1996 season along with fellow St. George Super League loyalist Gorden Tallis while Super League successfully lodged its appeal, Reddy was the inaugural coach of the Adelaide Rams in 1997’s Super League season.
After a poor start to the 1998 season, Reddy and his coaching staff were sacked by the Rams’ administration, and the club folded at the end of the year.
He is the father of Perth Glory football goalkeeper Liam Reddy, Adelaide Thunderbirds netball goalkeeper Bianca Reddy, South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league back Joel Reddy and academically inclined Joel Reddy.
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- ARL Annual Report 2005, page 55
- Dragons - Our Proud History (website)