Danny Buderus

Newcastle Knights legend & coach

Danny Buderus, NRL legend and assistant coach of the Newcastle Knights, is a former Australian NRL international and New South Wales State of Origin representative hooker for the Newcastle Knights. In fact, Danny set a new record for the most games with the club as well as most appearances as captain of the New South Wales State of Origin team.

Danny began his rugby league career in his hometown of Taree before being snapped up by Newcastle after trialling with both the Knights and St George. He made his first grade debut with Newcastle in 1997 and, by 2001, was playing for Country Origin, making his Test debut and touring with the Kangaroos.

Over the following years, Danny was the recipient of a number of awards including Hooker of the Year for three consecutive years at the Dally M Awards. He also won Knights Player of the Year four times and the Knights' Players' Player of the Year trophy three times, an indication of the high esteem in which he was held by his club and team mates.

In 2008, Danny announced that he had signed with the Leeds Rhinos for two years. His stint in the UK proved to be a successful one. In 2011, he captained the winning Exiles team in an International Origin game and also played in the Super League Grand Final for the victorious Leeds Rhinos.

In 2012, Danny returned to the Knights to play under 'super coach' Wayne Bennett, much to the delight of NRL fans and all those involved in the game. After a successful career that saw him play 257 NRL games and earn the title of 'the greatest hooker to play the game', Danny announced that he would retire at the end of the 2013 season. He did so as the most-capped player in Knights' history and was inducted into the Knights' Hall of Fame in 2014.

It was always on the cards that Danny was going to retain an active involvement with rugby league and, in early 2014, he was appointed assistant coach of the Country Origin squad. In September 2014, he was appointed assistant coach of the Knights.

Danny also holds ambassadorial roles with the NRL and Newcastle Knights and is a contributor to various media outlets and programs including League Live and the Sunday Footy Show.

Known and loved for his courage, leadership qualities and never-say-die attitude as a player, Danny Buderus is now equally popular as a guest speaker at business, sporting and charity events.