Former Parramatta and NZ Warriors coach Daniel Anderson has received support from the rugby league community following a serious bodysurfing accident that left him quadriplegic. The NRL, including representatives Trent Robinson, Ivan Cleary, and Nathan Hindmarsh, launched a fundraiser to cover Anderson’s medical and rehabilitation costs. Many spoke of their admiration for Anderson’s contribution to coaching, including Roosters coach Robinson, who had known Anderson for more than 30 years. Anderson’s first head coaching role was at the New Zealand Warriors, where he led the team to three consecutive finals series and their first Grand Final in 2002.
Anderson opened up about the events that led to his injury in December last year, recalling that he was on a wave when he was dumped on his head, causing a compression injury to his spinal cord. It was said at that time that he would be a quadriplegic. The rugby league community has planned a series of events to raise money for the Anderson family, and round 25 of the regular NRL season will focus on fundraising initiatives.
In other news, the Roosters are expected to bring Joseph Manu back into the lineup for their game against the Bulldogs on Sunday after he spent time on the sideline recovering from an ankle injury. Roosters halfback Luke Keary said doctors are taking it slowly with young player Sam Walker‘s recovery. The team has lost Brandon Smith, who will be out for up to seven weeks with a fractured thumb, and Daniel Tupou also suffered an injury. Despite this, Keary said the team had used their week off to reset and were looking forward to turning their fortunes around after losing their last three games.