Sandow with the Parramatta Eels
|Full name||Chris Sandow|
|Born||9 January 1989|
Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (12 st 13 lb)|
|Position||Halfback, Five-eighth, Fullback|
As of 9 January 2019
- 1 Background
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Honours
- 4 References
- 5 External links
He has previously played for the Moranbah Miners of the local Grade A Mackay rugby league competition, Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup, Warrington Wolves in the Super League, he has also played for the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League.
Sandow was selected for the Australian Schoolboys squad that toured Wales, England and France. In which he was awarded the 'Man-of-the-Match' Award, in the game against the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) squad.
Sandow's first contract was signed with the Gold Coast Titans, where he spent two-years in the lower-grades.
He was touted as a first-string back-up for star NRL halfback, Scott Prince. But his contract was terminated in early 2008, due to poor discipline. It was later revealed through the media, that Sandow's partner had given birth to their first child and he was struggling with the distance away from his family.
South Sydney (2008–11)
At the time Sandow was to make his début the club were sitting at the bottom of the NRL competition ladder. Having slumped to 11 losses from 12 matches.
On début Sandow kicked the game-sealing field-goal in the dying seconds of the match. To record Souths' second victory of the season, defeating the Warriors 35-28. This marked the first time since 1999, that the Rabbitohs had beaten the Warriors.
In the following match Sandow scored his first NRL career try against the Gold Coast Titans. Helping his side to a tight 24-23 victory, that saw them come off the bottom of the table for the first time all season.
Sandow's fairy-tale start to his NRL career continued a week later in round 16, when after trailing 28-4 to the North Queensland Cowboys and coming back to level the scores at 28-28, he kicked the game-clinching field-goal to win the match 29-28, in what became the second biggest comeback victory in the history of the National Rugby League.
Parramatta Eels (2012–15)
In 2012, Sandow signed a four-year deal with the Parramatta Eels, “Reportedly” worth between $1.6 and $2.2 million.
After a number of on-the field and off-the field incidents. Including but not limiting crashing a loan-car and abandoning it in an industrial area. Calling out coach Brad Arthur and being critical of his coaching methods publicly, typing a foul-mouthed rant on Social Media platform Facebook and gambling issues.
Sandow's final match for the Eels was in round 19, against arch-rivals the Canterbury Bulldogs. Afterwards Sandow was released by the Parramatta Eels club and “reportedly” received a $50,000 handshake.
Warrington Wolves (2015-16)
Sandow struggled in his opening games, however he grew more and more into the games as they wore on.
Sandow was already the early front-runner to win the 2016 Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award, with Head Coach Tony Smith saying, “Sandow has the best kicking game in the Super League since Sean Long.”
In light of Sandow's statement, the club (Warrington Wolves), were said to be, “retaining Sandow's registration until further notice.���
Return to Australia (2017)
Norths Devils (2017)
Chris was stood-down from his duties at the Devils, due to missing a training session which subsequently lead towards his departure from the club.
Moranbah Miners (2018)
Representative career (2008-10)
Sandow played for the Prime Minister's XIII in 2010. Making only one appearance and scoring a single try.
Individual Honours (Career Awards and Accolades)
- 2008: Peter Moore Award - Dally M 'Rookie of the Year'
- 2008: George Green Medal - 'Indigenous Rising Star of 2008'
- 2008: Toyota Cup - 'Halfback of the Year'
- 2014: Ken Thornett Medal - Parramatta Eels' 'Player of the Season'
- "Statistics at parraeels.com.au". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
- "Statistics at 220.127.116.11". 18.104.22.168. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Indigenous All Stars team named" (Press release). National Rugby League. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "School days to class acts". heraldsun.com.au. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
- James Phelps (14 July 2008). "30k Buy of the Season". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- Josh Massoud (10 September 2008). "Sandow in a dizzy rise". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- Steve Jancetic (31 August 2008). "Chris Sandow wins World Cup spot, indigenous rising star medal". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- "Chris Sandow signs with Parramatta after meeting his 'Alan Bond'". smh.com.au. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "MVPs of 2014: Chris Sandow". nrl.com. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Sterling slams Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow as being overweight". dailytelegraph.com.au. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Chris Sandow exits Parramatta Eels: the good, bad and ugly from an NRL career that's split opinion". foxsports.com.au. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- "Chris Sandow may have played last game for Parramatta Eels as player swap goes awry". smh.com.au. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Chris Sandow released by Parramatta Eels effective immediately". abc.net.au. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Chris Sandow for sale: The NRL clubs most likely to revive the cheeky halfback's career". foxsports.com.au. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Eels Release Sandow". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Sandow Leaves Wolves" (Press release). Warrington Wolves. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
- "Chris Sandow charged over street fight". nine.com.au. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Ex-NRL star Chris Sandow fined over public brawl". smh.com.au. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Moranbah mines for former NRL stars". dailymercury.com.au. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Tough test: NRL star to lead Miners against Yeppoon". themorningbulletin.com.au. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Dreamtime Team defeat Maori 34-26". The Vibe. 27 October 2008. Archived from the original on 20 October 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
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