Welcome to the Zoo Sport team Chris “CHOPPY” Close


It’s often been said that Christopher “Choppy” Close bleeds maroon and god knows he’s spilt enough of it for his state over the years!

The kid from Cunnamulla has never changed his approach to sport or life, he calls it as he sees it, is as loyal as the day is long, and raw passion still oozes from every pore within his body the moment conversation turns to Rugby League or his beloved Maroons! 

From his man of the match performance for Queensland in the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980, or his role as team manager post retirement, Choppy’s passion commitment and contributions to rugby league at all levels of the game has never diminished. 

Zoo Sport Welcomes Chris Close

For almost 50 years, Chris has played a lead role in developing the game and nurturing generations of Queensland heroes and the team at Zoo Sport couldn’t be prouder about having this home grown, Australian sporting legend lead our Rugby league programs around the globe. 

While the determination which made him a global rugby league star are still clearly evident, Chris’s ability to form strong professional partnerships has enabled him to achieve and excel off field, just as he did on it! 

With experience working for Shell Australia, the Gold Coast Titans, Aristocrat Gaming and Mining Technologies Australia, Choppy has the proven big game experience to match the unbridled enthusiasm he approaches each challenge with.