- 188 cm
- 100 kg
- Date of Birth:
- 19 October 1988
- Sydney, NSW
- Debut Club:
- Wests Tigers
- Brisbane Broncos
- 30 July 2006
- Previous Club:
- Junior Club:
- Eagle Vale St. Andrews
A local junior of the club, Chris Lawrence made his first-grade debut for Wests Tigers at just 17 years and 283 days — making him the youngest player to debut for Wests Tigers. Lawrence played at centre and starred in his side’s upset win over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in Round 21 of the 2006 season, and has been a regular of the side since that day.
Lawrence played 18 games for Wests Tigers the following year, before being selected in the Prime Minister’s XIII tour of Papua New Guinea at the end of the season. He was again back on tour with the Prime Minister’s XIII side in 2008 following another strong season in the top grade.
The fleet-footed centre celebrated his 50th NRL game in 2009 and was selected to make his representative debut for City, but had to withdraw due to injury. He was named in the train-on squad for New South Wales but was not selected, making his representative debut instead in 2010 for City.
A potent try-scorer, Lawrence would make his international debut for Australia at the 2010 Four Nations, scoring on debut against New Zealand. He would remain with the international set-up in 2011 as well, with six appearances for the green and gold.
Injuries started to cause havoc for the local junior the following year, with a serious hip injury followed by hamstring problems in 2013.
Pushing through and making a full-time move to the back row, Lawrence captained Wests Tigers for the first time in 2014 alongside Aaron Woods when regular captain Robbie Farah was ruled out with injury. He would remain a regular in the side, co-captaining a number of matches again in 2015 with Woods and Farah committed to the State of Origin side.
Lawrence would return to the representative arena himself in 2016, captaining City to a win over Country Origin in Tamworth.
In 2017, Lawrence became just the fourth player to play 200 NRL games for Wests Tigers — helping the side to an upset win over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville. He would cap off a superb season by being inducted as a Life Member of the club alongside 2005 Premiership Winner Dene Halatau, becoming just the sixth Life Member of the club.
With the arrival of Coach Ivan Cleary along with a host of new players, Lawrence was named one of five co-captains of Wests Tigers in 2018. He would break Benji Marshall’s record to become the club’s all-time top try-scorer with a try against the Melbourne Storm in Round 5, before going on to score seven tries in total that year — the most in a single season since 2010.
He would finish equal second in the club’s Kelly-Barnes Award voting, tying with Corey Thompson.
Currently sitting on 227 games, Lawrence is the second highest capped player in Wests Tigers history and could possibly join Robbie Farah as the only players to have played 250 games for the club in 2019.
He continues to be a fantastic ambassador for the club both on and off the field, with strong commitments in the community space.
Lawrence is signed through at Wests Tigers until the end of the 2019 season.
Career By Season
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