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Charles "Chook" Fraser

Fullback, Centre, Five-eighth

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Balmain, NSW
Date of Birth:
11 January 1893
Nickname:
Chook
Debut Team:
Balmain
Opposition:
North Sydney
Date:
13 August 1910
Venue:
North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Balmain, Gundagai

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1915-17, 1919-20, 1924
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1911-12, 1921-22
  • Australian captain: Three Tests
  • Rated No. 51 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
277
Points
604
Tries
70

Biography

At just 163cm, an 18-year-old ''Chook'' Fraser was dwarfed by the big English forwards upon his Test debut in Britain and was forced to rapidly develop his evasive skills in order to avoid a pummelling.

Back in Australia, he represented NSW in 1912 and toured New Zealand with a NSW outfit (effectively the Australian team) the same year.

His versatility was a major asset to his Balmain club, who won five premierships in six years between 1915 and 1920, with Fraser a vital figure in each victory.

Fraser was one of the first chosen for Australia when Test football resumed after the war, touring New Zealand in 1919.

A year later he played all three Ashes Tests and made a second Kangaroo tour in 1921–22, captaining Australia after tour captain Les Cubitt was incapacitated.

He won a sixth premiership title with Balmain in 1924 (as captain) and played his final game for the club in 1926 after 190 first-grade games, a tally that stood as a premiership record until 1950.

After leaving Balmain, Fraser accepted a captain-coach position at Riverina club Gundagai, helping the club claim the famed Maher Cup in 1927. He retired following an injury in a trial match early in 1928.

“A phenomenal footballer, equally at home in any position in the backs.”

Norman ‘Latchem’ Robinson Balmain Patriarch

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Balmain Premiership 1910 1926 185 54 165 - 492
Balmain City Cup
1913
1920
1923
1918
1921
1924
19 4 5 - 22
Gundagai 1927 1927 - - - - -

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate series Queensland
1915
1919
1915
1921
5 2 4 - 14
New South Wales Touring teams
1912
1914
1920
1912
1914
1920
5 1 1 - 5
New South Wales New Zealand and Queensland 1921 1921 1 - - - -
New South Wales Tour matches 1912 1912 1 - - - -

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1911
1914
1919
1911
1914
1922
11 2 1 - 8
Australia Tour matches
1911
1919
1921
1912
1919
1922
42 6 18 - 54

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis Newcastle
1911
1915
1911
1915
1 - - - -
Metropolis Country 1912 1913 2 - 1 - 2
Kangaroos The Rest of NSW 1917 1917 1 - - - -
Best Next Best 1918 1918 1 1 - - 3
Sydney England 1920 1920 1 - 1 - 2
Kangaroos Rest of Australasia 1922 1922 1 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members