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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

Playing

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

11. Charles Fraser - Hall of Fame

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