Brad Fittler
Australian rugby league player and coach
Brad Fittler
Bradley Scott "Freddie" Fittler AM is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. The current coach of NSW City team in the City vs. Country clash, he coached in the NRL for the Sydney Roosters between 2007 and 2009. As a player, Fittler captained both New South Wales and Australia, and in 2000 was awarded the Golden Boot award.
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Camden Haven Courier - over 3 years
FORMER rugby league players Brad Fittler, Bryan Fletcher, Brett Gillard and Blake Cannavo made a stop at Port Macquarie Base Hospital during a visit to the region on Tuesday (2 July).
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Roosters will top Freddy's champs
Byron Shire News - almost 4 years
Roosters legend Brad Fittler says this year's team has more talent than his 2002 premiership-winning side.
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Hayne better No.6 than JT: Fittler
Byron Shire News - almost 5 years
NRL great Brad Fittler says Jarryd Hayne should be the Australian Test five-eighth ahead of Johnathan Thurston.
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From The Couch: Round 26 - World of Rugby League
Google News - over 5 years
Brad Fittler (Sydney Roosters, 2007): Took the reins after Chris Anderson resigned 16 games into the 2007 season. Fittler guided the Roosters to the finals in 2008 but was fired a year later after the Roosters claimed the wooden spoon
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Benji freak show unrivalled: Fittler - Fox Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Brad Fittler has rated Benji Marshall the most freakishly talented player he has ever seen play rugby league. "And he still has another level to go to," marvelled Fittler, himself one of Australia's greatest five-eighths. Marshall's showdown with Jamie
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Who is the real Benji Marshall - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
They watch him take the piss out of Brad Fittler and others on The Footy Show as he often does, and while he considers it funny they see it as disrespectful and out of line. Ask the fans, though, and there is no dispute: Benji is King
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A few good men: time to bid farewell - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
On current form he is right up there but Brad Fittler, Laurie Daley and Brad Clyde are close. I guess I've been a little complacent and looked over what Benji is capable of doing. In the last few weeks I've sat back and marvelled at what he is able to
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St George Illawarra Dragons centre Mark Gasnier prepares for his final game ... - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
That was Brad Fittler's last Origin, and Gasnier's first, although the series had started like a car crash for him. He was sacked after leaving a drunken voicemail on a woman's phone. It was his darkest day. "Some blokes don't recover from that,"
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NRL: Brad Fittler not in Mark Geyer's top two Panthers - Penrith Press
Google News - over 5 years
IN this week's war of words on the Penrith Panthers, Mark Geyer overlooked Brad Fittler as one of the top two players to have been produced from the district. Geyer - himself one of the greatest Panthers products - defended the club on Triple M's The
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Fittler helps his 'enemy' Merritt to scale heights - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Brad Fittler has been mentoring the in-form Nathan Merritt, pictured. Photo: Getty Images THEY might be arch enemies, but sometimes a Rooster is prepared to help a Rabbit. Brad Fittler has emerged as the inspiration behind Nathan Merritt's recent
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Roosters boss to decide fate of troubled superstar - Cumberland Courier Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
In recent years, Chris Anderson and Brad Fittler have been sacked as coaches less than 24 hours after being on the end of a mother of a hiding at The Fortress by the Sea Eagles. Now there is every chance last year's Dally M winner, Todd Carney,
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Broncos v Warriors preview - NRL.COM
Google News - over 5 years
(Plus, he needs just one try to match Brad Fittler's 122 career tries). The Warriors can't let the Broncos post an early lead or the adrenalin and crowd support may be too much for them to overcome. The key to a Warriors' win lies in their ability to
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Knights hopeful of retaining Stig - sportsnewsfirst
Google News - over 5 years
The crafty number six who boasts a lethal Brad Fittler like step is just 21 and made his debut in Round 15 against Penrith after rejoining the side following a stint with North Queensland where he was unable to crack grade
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Hayne could be the next Fittler - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Players such as Wally Lewis, Andrew Johns, Allan Langer, Brad Fittler and Cliff Lyons could influence results. Manly's young Kieran Foran is phenomenal in this regard given his limited experience. Hayne has tremendous athletic prowess and wonderful
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Prince praises Henry before Titans debut - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Gold Coast representative halfback Scott Prince has described five-eighth Beau Henry as a Brad Fittler or Trent Barrett in the making ahead of his first game for the club against North Queensland. After a month of preparation, the former Warilla
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Former NSW Origin great Laurie Daley in frame for coach job - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Legend: Origin veteran Laurie Daley with Ryan Girdler (L) and Brad Fittler is in the running to become the NSW coach if Ricky Stuart takes an offer from the Bulldogs. Picture: Gregg Porteous. Source: The Sunday Telegraph LAURIE Daley has emerged as a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brad Fittler
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    In 2016, he has a role in The NRL Rookie.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Fittler was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league. In February 2008, Fittler was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia. Fittler has a longtime partner, Marie Liarris. They have two children together: a daughter, Demi, and a son, Zach. He also has an illegitimate son whom he fathered via a one-night stand in 1995, but Fittler has no plans to meet him.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 38
    In 2010 and 2011, he was a part of The NRL Footy Show, as a co-host.
    More Details Hide Details Also, since 2010, he has co-hosted The Sunday Footy Show program.
    In 2010, Fittler joined the Nine Network.
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    In 2010 Fittler was linked with a move to the London-based Super League side Harlequins, but this has not eventuated.
    More Details Hide Details Fittler began his media career by co-hosting NRL Deluxe, a streaming video show that aired on Mondays and Thursdays available via Bigpond TV. A year after his retirement, in 2005, Fittler released his book, Freddy: The Brad Fittler Story. Brad has also starred in two Telstra Next G TV advertisements.
  • 2009
    Age 37
    On 18 July 2009, following an ongoing season of unrelenting disappointment at the Roosters, the media was informed that in 2010 Brad Fittler would not be part of the coaching staff at the Sydney Roosters, reportedly before he was.
    More Details Hide Details Indeed, the Roosters took out the 2009 wooden spoon and a clean-out of the club began. He was replaced by Brian Smith, who took the Roosters to within a match of the premiership the following year, losing against the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
    On 20 June 2009, it was reported in the Townsville Bulletin that, a day earlier, a drunken Fittler had tried to gain access to the wrong hotel room while wearing only shorts.
    More Details Hide Details The incident occurred at the Holiday Inn in Townsville at 3am. Fittler consequently fined himself and apologised for his behaviour at a televised press conference.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    On 21 August 2007, the Sydney Roosters signed Brad Fittler as their full-time Head Coach until the 2010 season.
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    Unfortunately, Fittler's winning streak as a coach was broken on 19 August 2007 when the Roosters played the Gold Coast Titans, losing 22–18.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, in the penulitmate round of the regular season, the Roosters lost to the eventual 2007 wooden spooners, the Penrith Panthers, 28–22.
    On 27 July 2007, Fittler's coaching career took a massive leap.
    More Details Hide Details The Roosters side defeated the Melbourne Storm (front runners of the Premiership) 26–16, with the two late consolation tries to the Storm. Former Roosters coach, Phil Gould remarked after the Melbourne game "I've always had great confidence that "Freddie" would be successful at anything he turned his mind to. If he truly wants to be a coach, he'll be a bloody good one... I think in the end he was drawn to it and, to me, that's a coach. You don't wake up one day and say, 'I want to be a coach'. You are drawn to it. It compels you. I see and hear this in Freddie these days." Melbourne ultimately went on to win the title, which was later stripped due to salary cap breaches. Following the win over the Melbourne Storm, the Roosters went up against the New Zealand Warriors with the match resulting in the first draw since 2005 after a hard fought golden point period which ended with the score 31–31. The result was good enough to keep Fittler undefeated as coach.
    Fittler took over the coaching from Round 18, in what was initially for a short term until the end of the 2007 season.
    More Details Hide Details The Roosters, who were sitting near the bottom of the competition and struggling with form, turned a corner with Fittler as coach as they went on to post some impressive wins. His first match was against his former mentor, Ricky Stuart coaching the Cronulla Sharks. The Roosters won the match 23–12. His second match was against the Newcastle Knights and again the team was successful 20–17.
    Fittler remains the youngest NSW State of Origin player (18 years 114 days) and was once the youngest Kangaroo representative (18 years 247 days) until Israel Folau made his debut in late 2007.
    More Details Hide Details As a tribute to Fittler's contribution to the NSW team, the Brad Fittler Medal is named in his honour, awarded to the best NSW player after each series victory by NSW. However, it is only awarded after NSW have won a series; and so was not awarded from 2005 till 2014, Queensland having won each series in the intervening years. In 2014 it was jointly awarded to Jarryd Hayne and Ryan Hoffman. In February 2014, at 42 years of age, Fittler came out of retirement for a one-off showing at the NRL Auckland Nines. Representing the Sydney Roosters, he made a tackle on prop forward Fui Fui Moi Moi in the loss to the Parramatta Eels, before clipping Ben Barba high in a tackle, and also scoring a 75-metre intercept try off a David Stagg pass in their win over the Brisbane Broncos, his first try in 10 years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 28
    In club competition, Fittler captained the Roosters to the 2000 NRL Grand Final, their first in twenty seasons, a Premiership in 2002 and successive grand final appearances in 2003 and 2004, before retiring at the end of 2004. Having won the 2002 NRL Premiership, the Roosters traveled to England to play the 2003 World Club Challenge against Super League champions, St Helens RLFC.
    More Details Hide Details Fittler captained at five-eighth, scoring a try in Sydney's victory. Two years after Fittler announced his retirement from representative football, NSW coach Phil Gould brought him back to State of Origin for the second and third game. Both he and Gould were farewelled in the last game at Telstra Stadium after he scored the winning try that sealed the NSW victory.
    He captained Australia in 20 Tests, winning 17 and losing 3, and in a further 5 victories in the 2000 World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He also captained NSW in 14 State of Origin matches, winning 8 and losing 6.
  • 1999
    Age 27
    Fittler was selected for the Australian team to compete in the end of season 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament.
    More Details Hide Details In the final against New Zealand he captained the Kangaroos at lock forward in their 22-20 victory. Early in his career Fittler struggled with discipline problems, but he matured into a fine leader.
  • 1997
    Age 25
    The Rothmans Medal for player of the 1997 ARL Premiership was awarded to Sydney City Roosters captain and five-eighth, Fittler.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    In 1996, he joined the Sydney City Roosters where he played nine seasons, captaining them to the 2002 NRL Grand Final victory.
    More Details Hide Details Fittler retired as the second most experienced first grader, behind Terry Lamb (349), having played 336 games.
  • 1995
    Age 23
    At the end of the 1995 ARL season, Fittler was an automatic choice to captain Australia in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Although the Kangaroos suffered a shock 20-16 loss to England in the opening game of the tournament at Wembley, and had a nervous, 30-20 win over New Zealand in extra-time in the Semi-final in Huddersfield after scores had been locked at 20-all at the end of regulation time, Fittler would lead Australia to its 8th World Cup success (and 5th in a row) with an 18-8 win over England in front of 66,540 fans at Wembley.
    With the ARL refusing to select SL aligned players for representative football, Fittler was given the captaincy of the NSW Origin team for the 1995 State of Origin series against Queensland.
    More Details Hide Details Coached by rookie coach Paul Vautin, and with a bunch of untried players thanks to not being able to call upon their usual Origin and test stars (mostly from the SL aligned Brisbane Broncos), Qld were not given any chance of defeating the Blues (who could still call on a number of experienced Origin and test players), but came away with a 3-0 whitewash for their first series win since 1991. However, despite this, Fittler was given the Australian captaincy for the 3-test Trans-Tasman series against New Zealand making him Australia's youngest captain (23) since Reg Gasnier had first captained Australia in 1962. Fittler led the Kangaroos to a 3-0 sweep of the Kiwis, including winning man of the match in the 20-10 second test win at the Sydney Football Stadium.
    By 1995 Fittler was the world's highest-paid rugby league player, reportedly earning $1.05 million for the season.
    More Details Hide Details This was during the period of the Super League war when player payments rose to previously unheard of levels as both the Australian Rugby League (ARL), backed by media billionaire Kerry Packer, and the rebel Super League (SL), backed by News Ltd., signed up players for (in some cases) double or triple their previous contracts. Fittler signed with the Australian Rugby League.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 20
    At the end of the 1992 season, Fittler was selected in Australia's World Cup Final team to play Great Britain at Wembley Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details In front of a then international record attendance of 73,631 the Australian's retained the Rugby League World Cup with a hard fought 10-6 win. During the first half, Fittler suffered a fractured cheekbone after being hit with an elbow from Lions hooker Martin Dermott who had gone into tackle the Australian with his elbow cocked. After being checked by team doctor Nathan Gibbs, Fittler continued playing. The 1993 NSWRL season again saw the Panthers struggle, finishing 12th with a 7-15 record for the year. Fittler played all three games for NSW in their 2-1 Origin series win over Queensland, before playing in all three mid-year tests against New Zealand with Australia winning the series 2-0 after the first test at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland ended in a 14-all draw thanks to a late field goal by stand in Australian captain Laurie Daley.
    Fittler, like the rest of the Penrith club, endured a tough 1992 season due to the death of his best mate, up-and-coming halfback/hooker Ben Alexander, the younger brother of Penrith captain Greg Alexander.
    More Details Hide Details Following Alexander's death in a car accident, Penrith's form dropped off in the second half of the season with the defending premiers finishing out of the finals in 9th place. As a result of Alexander's death which happened between the first and second Ashes tests, Fittler was left out of the second test team by his own request, but returned to the team in the deciding match in Brisbane which Australia won 16-10 to retain The Ashes.
    During the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, he helped Australia retain The Ashes.
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  • 1991
    Age 19
    The following year he was in the Panthers' premiership winning-side of 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Fittler played in the centres as Penrith, under the coaching of Phil Gould won their first ever premiership. At the end of the season he was selected for the Kangaroos five game tour of Papua New Guinea and made his test debut for Australia, playing at lock in Australia's two test series win against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls, scoring two tries on debut at the Danny Leahy Oval in Goroka. Fittler played in all five games during the two week tour and scored 4 tries.
  • 1990
    Age 18
    He was selected for Kangaroo Tours in 1990, 1994 and 2001 and played in the World Cups of 1992, 1995 and 2000.
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    Fittler played in the centres in Penrith's 18-14 loss to the Canberra Raiders in the 1990 Grand Final and at the end of the season was selected for Australia and went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.
    More Details Hide Details During the tour before the first test at the Wembley Stadium in London, the Kangaroos had met HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Fittler, only 18 at the time and the youngest ever Kangaroo Tourist, had reportedly broken protocol when meeting HRH by saying "G'day dude". Fittler did not play in a test on the tour, but played in 8 tour games and scored 8 tries.
  • 1989
    Age 17
    Brad Fittler's first grade career started in 1989 at the Penrith Panthers while he was still attending McCarthy Catholic Senior High School in the western suburbs of Sydney.
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  • 1988
    Age 16
    While attending Ashcroft High School, St Dominic's College then later, McCarthy Catholic Senior High School Emu Plains, Fittler played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1988 and 1989.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1972.
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