25 Facts About Adrian Lam


Adrian Lam played for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League and the Wigan Warriors in the Super League.


Adrian Lam represented Papua New Guinea, Queensland State of Origin team and the Rest of the World team.


Adrian Lam was the head coach of Papua New Guinea between 2007 and 2012.


Adrian Lam was assistant coach for Austraila in the 2022 RL World Cup.


Adrian Lam's mother was from Liverpool and migrated to Australia as a child.


Adrian Lam met Lam's father, a Chinese-Papua New Guinean, in Rabaul.


Adrian Lam had a fertile career with 14 State of Origin football matches for Queensland, including a man-of-the-match performance in the third game of the 1995 series.

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Adrian Lam made his Test debut for Papua New Guinea in 1994 and went on to win 11 caps, scoring 3 tries and kicking 1 field goal.


Adrian Lam captained the Kumuls to the quarter finals in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.


Adrian Lam played at halfback for the Sydney Roosters in their 2000 NRL Grand Final defeat by the Brisbane Broncos.


Adrian Lam played a total of 146 club games for the Sydney Roosters, scoring 42 tries and kicking 6 field goals, as well as 119 first team games for Wigan Warriors, scoring 44 tries, kicking 1 goal and 10 field goals, including a try in their 2001 Super League Grand Final defeat by the Bradford Bulls.


Adrian Lam is one of only a few players to have played State of Origin for Queensland and for a country other than Australia.


Adrian Lam is the only player to be captain of a Queensland side and captain of a national team other than Australia.


Adrian Lam became coach of Papua New Guinea Kumuls national rugby league team in 2007, and was in charge for their 2008 Rugby League World Cup campaign.


Adrian Lam quit as Kumuls' coach in 2009 after a dispute with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League.


Adrian Lam was released and he left Cairns for Sydney before the Pride's first game.


Adrian Lam became the coach of the St George-Illawarra Dragons Under 20s team in 2010 and 2011.


Adrian Lam returned as coach of Papua New Guinea in 2012.


Adrian Lam returned to Wigan Warriors in 2019 as interim Head Coach and later in 2019 made his spell as Wigan coach full time as he signed for another year after Shaun Edwards opted not to join Wigan for 2020.


Adrian Lam was seen openly crying during the post match interviews.


On 31 August 2021 after a number of poor results, Adrian Lam announced that he would be leaving Wigan at the end of the 2021 season, after three seasons in charge.


On 17 November 2021, Adrian Lam was announced as head coach of Betfred Championship side Leigh Centurions, replacing interim head coach Kurt Haggerty.


On 3 October 2022, Adrian Lam coached Leigh in their Million Pound Game victory over Batley which saw the club promoted back to the Super League.


Adrian Lam achieved the double in his first full season as Leigh coach as the club won the RFL 1895 Cup.


Adrian Lam's son Lachlan Lam is a professional rugby player, who represents Papua New Guinea and plays for Leigh Leopards.

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