Matthew Elliott (rugby league)

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Matthew Elliott
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Elliott in 2012
Personal information
Born (1964-12-08) 8 December 1964 (age 56)
Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Position Second-row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1989–92 St. George 6180032
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
199700 Bradford Bulls 1329143769
200206 Canberra Raiders 1305917045
200711 Penrith Panthers 1134926243
201314 New Zealand Warriors 291301645
Total404212718552
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
200111 United States 320167
Source: [1] [2] [3]

Matthew Elliott (born 8 December 1964) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach, commentator and former player. He has previously coached in the NRL with the Canberra Raiders, Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors, as well the Bradford Bulls in the Super League and the United States national team. Elliott is currently the Assistant Coach at the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

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Playing career

Born on Thursday Island, Elliott grew up in Townsville in far north Queensland.

Elliott played for Bondi United and was an Eastern Suburbs Roosters lower grade player. [4]

He played two seasons with French club, Le Pontet, winning the league and cup double in 1987-88.

Between 1989 and 1992 Elliott played 61 games for the St. George Dragons. At the end of the 1992 NSWRL season Elliott played for the Dragons off the bench in their grand final loss against the Brisbane Broncos.

Coaching career

Injury cut Elliotts playing career short and he became an assistant to Brian Smith at the Dragons. [4]

Bradford Bulls

Elliott followed Smith to the Bradford Bulls in 1996, before taking over as head coach. Elliott won the Super League title in his first season. In 1997 and 1999 he was named the Super League coach of the Year. He coached the Bradford Bulls to the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St. Helens.

Canberra

After serving as assistant to Canberra Raiders coach Mal Meninga during the 2001 NRL season, Elliott was made coach for the 2002 premiership. During his tenure at the Raiders, Canberra won 59 and drew one of their 125 games, including four finals appearances in five seasons.

Elliott's most successful coaching season was 2003, when the Raiders won 16 of 24 games but were eliminated from the finals without winning a game.

Penrith

On 19 February 2006, it was announced that Elliott would coach the Penrith Panthers from 2007 onwards, having signed a three-year deal. Elliott succeeded John Lang in this position.

In September 2008, Elliott was criticized for Penrith's consistent poor showings and it was speculated that he would be prematurely sacked before he saw through his three-year contract with the club. Elliott however defied the pressure and criticism and managed to convince the board into letting him remain in charge for the 2009 season.

After a promising start to the 2009 season, Elliott's contract was extended to the end of the 2011 season. [5] In the 2010 season, the Panthers finished second in the ladder, but they did not win a match in the finals series. Their 645 was the most points scored in the regular season, the second highest being 559.

On 25 April 2011, Elliott was informed by the Penrith board that his services would not be required beyond 2011. He vowed to continue at the helm for the rest of the season at the time, then on 20 June announced his resignation with immediate effect.

He is the current coach of the United States national side. [4] [6] Following the 2011 NRL season Elliott coached the United States national rugby league team to a 40-4 victory over Jamaica to qualify for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, their first ever. [7]

Matthew has served as head-coach of USA Tomahawks on three separate occasions, recording a 40-4 win against South Africa in 2001, a 40-4 win v Jamaica in 2011 and just one narrow 16-18 defeat to Canada on 18 Sep 2011.

Sydney Roosters

In 2012 Elliott served as Sydney Roosters assistant coach, again working under Brian Smith.

New Zealand Warriors

On 12 October 2012 Elliott was appointed head coach of the New Zealand Warriors for two seasons, replacing Brian McClennan who was sacked during the 2012 New Zealand Warriors season. He resigned as the USA coach before the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, to concentrate on the Warriors' off season. On 7 April 2014, he was sacked from the Warriors. [8]

St. George Illawarra Dragons

On September 28, 2020, it was announced that Elliott would be an Assistant coach to new Dragons Head Coach Anthony Griffin commencing in 2021. [9]

Commentary career

From 2015 to 2020, Elliott was part of the ABC Radio Grandstand commentary team. [10]

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References

  1. NRL Stats [ permanent dead link ]
  2. RLP
  3. NZWarriors.com
  4. 1 2 3 Elliott to join Roosters coaching staff in 2012 Archived 5 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine rleague.com, 29 June 2011
  5. source= http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,25403540-23214,00.html
  6. Build up continues for World Cup Qualifiers Archived 7 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine rleague.com
  7. Paul, Burrowes (28 October 2011). "Rugby players encouraged despite whipping by USA". Jamaica Observer . Archived from the original on 29 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/new-zealand-warriors-sack-matthew-elliott-appoint-andrew-mcfadden-acting-head-coach-for-2014/news-story/b7013a18cdf13c27835d6c8c88c966b9
  9. "Dragons finalise 2021 football department". St George Illawarra Dragons. 28 September 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  10. "NRL fans rejoice as Grandstand returns to broadcast every game". radioinfo. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Sporting positions
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David Niumataiwalu
2009
Coach
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United States

2011
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Ben Kelly
2013
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David Niumataiwalu
2009
Coach
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United States

2011
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David Niumataiwalu
2011
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John Lang
2002-2006
Coach
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Penrith Panthers

2007-2011
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Ivan Cleary
2012-2015
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Mal Meninga
1997-2001
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Canberra Raiders

2002-2006
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Neil Henry
2007-2008
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Shane Millard
1999
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2001
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Bill Hansbury
2002
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1995-1996
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Bradford Bulls

1996-2000
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Brian Noble
2001-2006
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Tony Iro (caretaker)
2012
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New Zealand Warriors

2013-2014
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Andrew McFadden
2014-2016