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Lachlan Coote (born 6 April 1990) is a Scotland international rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for St Helens in the Super League. A representative of New South Wales and Australia at junior level, Coote started his career with the Penrith Panthers, and was a member of the North Queensland Cowboys' 2015 NRL premiership and 2016 World Club Challenge winning sides.

Lachlan Coote
Lachlan Coote St Helens.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 29)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Playing information
PositionFullback, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–13 Penrith Panthers 83 43 10 1 193
2014–18 North Qld Cowboys 83 15 0 4 64
2019– St Helens 22 16 97 1 259
Total 188 74 107 6 516
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–12 City Origin 2 2 0 0 8
2012 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2016 Scotland 3 0 0 0 0
As of 13 July 2019
Source: [1][2]



Coote was born in Windsor, New South Wales, Australia. He was raised in Sydney's Greater West, and is of Scottish descent

He played his junior rugby league for the Windsor Wolves, and attended Windsor High School[5]

Early careerEdit

Coote joined the Penrith Panthers as a teenager, playing in their premiership-winning Harold Matthews Cup team in 2006. In 2007, he played in the Panthers' S.G. Ball Cup team that lost in the grand final to the Parramatta Eels. Coote was named player of the tournament and was named to play for New South Wales under-17.[6] Later that year he represented the Australian Schoolboys on their undefeated tour of New Zealand.[7]

Coote started the 2008 season playing for the Panthers in the inaugural season of the National Youth Competition. A clear stand out performer, Coote scored 138 points in 12 games and was selected in the New South Wales under-18 side, scoring 14 points in the Blues' victory over Queensland.[8] At the end of the season he was named at fullback in the NYC Team of the Year.

Playing careerEdit


After regular Panthers' fullback Rhys Wesser was ruled out with injury, Coote made his first grade début on 27 June in the Round 16 clash with the Brisbane Broncos at CUA Stadium.[8] In the first draw of the 2008 season, he had an outstanding game, winning Man of the Match.[9] While Wesser returned from injury in the next game against the Eels, Coote remained in the first grade side, being named as winger. At the end of the season, he was awarded Penrith's Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year award.


After the departure of Rhys Wesser to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Coote started the season as the Panthers first choice fullback. In Round 3 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, he scored his first NRL try in the 12–10 win at Brookvale Oval.[10] In Round 14 against the Sea Eagles, Coote suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and finished the year with 12 matches and four tries.

Coote playing for Penrith in 2010


In an effort to prevent further injury, Coote added 10 kg of muscle to his frame in the off-season and started the 2010 season weighing in at 85 kilograms.[11] He played his first full season of NRL, playing 20 games and scoring a career-high 17 tries, including a hat trick against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 8. He represented NSW City for the first time, starting at fullback and scoring a try in their 30–18 loss to Country.


After battling osteitis pubis throughout the 2010 season, Coote opted for surgery in the offseason and returned in time for Round 1.[12] He finished the year with 15 appearances and was the Panthers equal highest tryscorer alongside David Simmons with 12 tries.


Despite the Panthers finishing in second last place, Coote represented NSW City for the second time and lined up for the Prime Minister's XIII in their annual end of season match against Papua New Guinea. He finished the season at five-eighth after coach Ivan Cleary moved him from fullback in Round 20.


Coote started the 2013 NRL season at five-eighth but tore his pectoral muscle in Round 2 against the Wests Tigers.[13] Despite being ruled out for the season, Coote returned in Round 22, playing in the club's last five games.

On 2 September, Penrith announced that Coote had been released from the final year of his contract to sign a three-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys.[14]

Of Scottish descent, Coote was named in Scotland's squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup but withdrew to focus on a full pre-season with the Cowboys.[15]


Coote tore his ACL in the Cowboys' first game at the Auckland Nines, ruling him out for the entire 2014 NRL season.[16]


Coote started the season in the Queensland Cup, playing two games for the Cowboys' affiliate side the Northern Pride.[citation needed] He made his Cowboys début in their round 3 loss to the Broncos, playing fullback. He would go on to cement his spot as the club's first choice fullback, as the side went on a club record 11 game winning streak.

Coote continued to contribute successfully throughout the 2015 season, and solidified himself as a premier playmaker alongside Dally M medalist Jonathan Thurston as well as hooker, Jake Granville, and five eighth Michael Morgan. The 'spine' for the North Queensland Cowboys was instrumental in their success during the 2015 season. These four players were named's #1 playmaking spine for 2015.[17] Coote was named by popular NRL journalist Andrew Voss, as the #1 fullback in the competition at defusing kicks.[18] as well as being lauded for his impressive positional play at fullback.

On 4 October, Coote was a member of the Cowboys' Grand Final winning side, starting at fullback in the 17–16 victory over the Brisbane Broncos.


Coote was named in the Cowboys 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[19] On 21 February, he was a member of the Cowboys' 2016 World Club Challenge winning side, starting at fullback in the side's 38–4 victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium.

On 27 April, despite much larger deals being offered elsewhere, Coote re-signed with the Cowboys until the end of the 2018 season, after his early season form saw him touted as a possible selection for New South Wales.[20]

In May, Coote was selected in the City Origin side but withdrew due to a rib injury.[21] Coote ended 2016 having started every game for the Cowboys' at fullback[22]

In October, Coote was named in Scotland's 2016 Four Nations squad.[23] In the final round of the tournament, Coote was awarded man of the match honours in Scotland's 18–18 upset draw with world number one nation New Zealand.


Despite an injury interrupted start to the season, Coote played 21 games for the Cowboys in 2017, scoring two tries and kicking two field goals. On 1 October, he started at fullback in the club's 2017 NRL Grand Final loss to the Melbourne Storm.


Coote missed the first three games of the 2018 NRL season due to a hamstring injury. Upon returning from injury he played for the Cowboys' Queensland Cup feeder side, the Mackay Cutters.[24][25] He returned to the Cowboys in Round 6 but played just 9 games throughout the season, with Ben Hampton and Te Maire Martin being favoured at fullback.

On 28 September, Coote signed with St Helens on a three-year deal starting in 2019.[26]

Achievements and accoladesEdit


  • Penrith Panthers Rookie of the Year: 2008
  • Penrith Panthers Members' Player of the Year: 2012[27]
  • NYC Team of the Year: 2008




Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season[28]
Denotes seasons in which Coote won an NRL Premiership
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2008   Penrith 5 0 6 54.6 0 12
2009   Penrith 12 4 0 0 16
2010   Penrith 20 17 2 66.7 0 72
2011   Penrith 15 12 0 0 48
2012   Penrith 24 9 2 100 1 41
2013   Penrith 7 1 0 0 4
2015   North Queensland 26 6 0 1 25
2016   North Queensland 27 5 0 1 21
2017   North Queensland 21 2 0 2 10
2018   North Queensland 9 2 0 0 8
Career totals 166 58 10 62.5 5 257


Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2016   Scotland 3 0 0 0 0
Career totals 3 0 0 0 0

Personal lifeEdit

Coote has two children, a son named Bailey and a daughter named Mia, with his partner Laura Ottolino.[29][30]


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