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Encyclopedia > Charles Fraser (rugby league footballer)
Charles Fraser
Personal information
Full name Charles Fraser
Date of birth 11 January 1893
Place of birth Balmain, Sydney, Australia
Nickname Chook
Position Fullback
Centre
Youth clubs
Balmain Ionas
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
1910-26 Balmain 191 (495)
Representative teams
1915-21
1911-20
New South Wales
Australia
10 (19)
11 (8)

* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Charles "Chook" Fraser (1893-1981) was an Australian rugby league player. He was a versatile three-quarter for the Australian national team. He played in 11 Tests between 1911 and 1920 as captain on 3 occasions. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Australia team jersey The Australian national rugby league side represents Australia at rugby league. ... Rugby league football (often shortened to rugby league) is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ... First international England 22 - 22 Australia (London, England; December 1908) Biggest win Russia 4 - 110 Australia (Hull, England; 4 November 2000) Biggest defeat New Zealand 24 - 0 Australia (Leeds, England; 26 November 2005) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1954) Best result Winners, 1957; 1968; 1970; 1975; 1977; 1988; 1992...

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Club career

A Balmain junior, Fraser was graded with the Balmain Tigers at age 17 before an extraordinary 17 year career for the club at either fullback or centre from 1910 to 1926. He was member of Balmain's premiership winning sides of 1915, 1916, 1917, 1920 and 1924. His 185 first grade games stood as club record for more than four decades. The Balmain Tigers (also known as the Sydney Tigers from 1994-98) were one of the founding clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership and one of the most successful in the history of that competition with eleven premierships. ...


He was voted into both the Wests Tigers Team of the Century and the Balmain Tigers Team of the Century in the position of centre. The Wests Tigers are an Australian professional rugby league football team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australasia. ... The Balmain Tigers (also known as the Sydney Tigers from 1994-98) were one of the founding clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership and one of the most successful in the history of that competition with eleven premierships. ...


Representative career

In only his second year in first grade with just 15 games to his credit and still aged 18 Fraser was selected for the 1911-12 Kangaroo Tour of England. He made his Test debut at full-back against England in the 1st Test of 1911 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and played in 20 other tour matches. Kangaroo Tour is the name given to Australian Rugby League tours of Great Britain and France. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ...


He made his state debut for New South Wales in 1912 against New Zealand. He made a further nine state appearances during his career against Queensland or visiting International sides. The New South Wales Rugby League team represent New South Wales annually in the Rugby League State of Origin competition. ... The Queensland Rugby League team represents Queensland in the sport of rugby league. ...


He made ten further Test appearances (at home against the 1914 and 1920 Lions, while touring New Zealand in 1919 and then on his second Kangaroo tour of 1921-22) playing seven times at full-back and three times at five-eighth.


His first appearance as captain of the Kangaroos was the 1st test of the 1921 Kangaroo Tour. He led the side in all three Tests of that series First international England 22 - 22 Australia (London, England; December 1908) Biggest win Russia 4 - 110 Australia (Hull, England; 4 November 2000) Biggest defeat New Zealand 24 - 0 Australia (Leeds, England; 26 November 2005) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1954) Best result Winners, 1957; 1968; 1970; 1975; 1977; 1988; 1992... Kangaroo Tour is the name given to Australian Rugby League tours of Great Britain and France. ...


Post-playing

He coached a Gundagai side to success in a country competition in 1926 and coached the Balmain Tigers in 1932. He remained involved with the club in the 1950s and 1960s as a talent scout and lived in the area of the rest of his life.


Sources

  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney

 
 

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