Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker
Date of birth (1974-10-19) 19 October 1974
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
School Sydney Boys High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position scrum-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–09 Leinster 59 (25)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997–2006 NSW Waratahs 107 (60)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998–2005 Australia 31 (10)

Chris Whitaker (born 19 October 1974) is an Australian retired rugby union footballer. A much acclaimed scrum-half for Leinster in Ireland, he previously played for the New South Wales Waratahs, a state team representing New South Wales in Super Rugby. He was constrained for many years, by the Wallabies captain, George Gregan. As such, he got minimal international game time, yet was in the squad for many a year. He first started playing rugby at Sydney Boys High School, graduating in 1992,[2] which he attended in Sydney, and moved up through the ranks from there.


Whitaker joined Super Rugby side the NSW Waratahs in 1997. Whitaker gained his first Australian cap the next year, Whitaker played a total of 31 games for Australia and scored 10 points, he left the Waratahs in 2006, after 9 years with the club. Whitaker joined Leinster Rugby in Ireland, and won the Magners League in 2008 with Leinster before winning the Heineken Cup as vice-captain with the side in May, 2009. The final was, in fact, his last game ever before retirement. Whitaker has since become a coach with Leinster. Soon after coaching for Leinster he moved to France with his wife and three daughters to be the defence coach for Stade Francais.


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Preceded by
George Gregan
Australian national rugby union captain
Succeeded by
Nathan Sharpe
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