Brisbane Broncos Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

The Brisbane Broncos are one of the most successful and beloved rugby league teams in Australia. Founded in 1987, they quickly rose to become one of the top teams in both the New South Wales Rugby League premierships and National Rugby League (NRL) competitions. The club has won six premierships since its formation, including two NSWRL titles, three NRL premierships, as well as a World Club Challenge title—an impressive record for any team. With a passionate fan base that stretches across Queensland and beyond, it’s no wonder why this popular franchise continues to be so successful season after season.

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1. Darren Lockyer


Darren Lockyer

Lockyer is a former Australian international and Queensland State of Origin player who played for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League. He was also part of the Australia national rugby league team that won the 2000 World Cup.

At club level, Lockyer has also represented Newcastle Knights (1995-1999), Melbourne Storm (2000-2004) and St George Illawarra Dragons (2005). Lockyer retired from football at the end of 2006 after playing his last game for Cronulla Sharks in which they were victorious over Sydney Roosters by 32 points to 16.

In retirement, Lockyer became a sports commentator with Fox Sports and hosted various programming on Fox Sport's digital platform FIVEaa including The Darren Lockyer Show.

Lockyer was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame as an Athlete in 2009. He currently resides in Brisbane with wife Dani and children Jackson and Lila.

2. Corey Parker

Second row

Corey Parker

Corey Parker was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on May 5th 1982. He made his first-grade debut with the Norths Devils in 2001 and has since played over 200 games for the club.

Corey Parker signed with the Melbourne Storm in 2009 and has spent four seasons with them, playing a total of 102 games and scoring 12 tries. 

In 2013, Corey Parker moved to France to play for Toulon where he stayed until 2016 when he returned to Melbourne Storm once more.

Corey Parkers form at fullback saw him selected as Australian captain for their 2015 Rugby Championship campaign which they won convincingly (they defeated New Zealand 34–14). 

In 2018, Corey Parker left Melbourne Storm again and joined fellow Queensland side The Broncos on a two-year deal starting from 2019 NRL season Corey Parker is one of the best players in the NRL and has represented Queensland and Australia on numerous occasions.

Corey Parker started playing rugby league when he was just five years old, representing Brisbane Broncos from 2001-16 before moving to Queensland to play for the Prime Minister's XIII in 2010-13. 

After a stellar career with Brisbane, Corey Parker signed with the Sydney Roosters for the 2017 season where he currently plays alongside Luke Keary and Mitchell Pearce. 

In 2008, Corey Parker was part of Australia's World Cup winning squad and earned himself international honours such as The Australian Sports Medal and The Clive Churchill Medal Award (the highest honour bestowed upon an Australian player).

At 29 years old, Corey Parkes still has plenty left in his rugby league tank and is considered one of the greatest players ever to grace either code of football.

Also Played For: state of origin series

3. Gorden Tallis

Second row

Gorden Tallis

Gorden Tallis is a Australian cricketer who played for Queensland and Middlesex. He is best known for his batting and bowling abilities, with an average of over 50 in both cases.

Tallis was part of the Australia team that won the 2004 ICC World Cup, captaining them to victory against Sri Lanka in the final at Lord's Cricket Ground. 

Tallis retired from international cricket in 2007 after playing his last Test match against India, having also represented Australia at two Commonwealth Games (1998 and 2002).

In November 2009, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket due to persistent calf injuries sustained during the previous year's BBL season; however, he has since made a partial return to play club cricket as captain-coach of North Sydney Bears. 

After ending his professional career, Tallis became involved with coaching young players in Brisbane before taking up a role as coach at Somerset County Cricket Club early in 2013. 

Gorden James "Tallis" (born 27 July 1973) is an Australian former first-class cricketer who played for Queensland and Middlesex between 1994–2007 before retiring on health grounds due to recurring calf injuries which had forced him out of action for most of 2008/09 seasons.

"I just couldn't go through another 6 months where I wasn't 100%," said tallies when announcing retirement from all forms batsman again on 25th Nov2009."

4. Allan Langer

Scrum half

Allan Langer

Allan Langer is a retired Australian professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a halfback for the Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm, Toronto Wolfpack and Gold Coast Titans.

Allan Langer represented Queensland at both junior and senior level over a period of 14 years before making his Test debut against New Zealand in 1989. In 2009, Allan Langer was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his role as coach of the Australian national side during their successful 2007 World Cup campaign.

Allan Jeffrey Langer was born on 30 July 1966 in Ipswich, Queensland to Rodney and Lynette (née Dean) Langer; he has two sisters named Suellen and Janine.

Langer began playing rugby league with Ipswich Brothers Rugby League Club before being signed by Brisbane Broncos Grand Final winning team of 1984. An injury-plagued 1996 season saw him move to Melbourne where he linked up with premiership winners Storm Coach Wayne Bennett.

In 2002 he joined newly formed Toronto Wolfpack from England's first division Bradford Bulls Toronto were crowned Super League champions that year.

After three seasons coaching English club Wigan Warriors into contention for Super League status, including reaching the Challenge Cup final in 2014/15 season - which they lost 31-22 to Hull FC after leading 22-10 early in second half - Alan resigned his post due to family reasons.

Returning home to take up position as head coach of National Rugby Championship side Gold Coast Titans starting from 2016 NRL Season.

5. Shane Webcke


Shane Webcke

Shane Webcke is a prop for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. Shane started playing rugby league at an early age and progressed through the ranks of his local club, Toowoomba United.

He was signed by the Brisbane Broncos in 2001 and has since played over 200 games for them, including three premierships (2002-2004). Shane has also represented Australia on several occasions, most notably at the 2003 World Cup where he played in all four of their matches.

In 2014, Shane announced that he would be retiring from professional rugby league to focus on his family life full-time. Shane Webcke was a legendary winger for the Brisbane Broncos. He played 254 games for the club, scoring 18 tries and 0 goals. 

Shane also represented Queensland on 26 occasions, including at state level in 1998-2004 years as well as playing for Australia from 1997 to 2004 inclusive.

In his three seasons with the Sydney League side (1997-1998), he scored 1 try in 1 game before returning home to play for the Broncos again from 1999 onwards. 

At retirement age of 33, Shane retired from rugby league after an illustrious career which saw him win multiple awards and accolades such as being named captain of both Queensland and Australian sides respectively.

6. Wendell Sailor

Wendell Sailor

Wendell Sailor is a former professional rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos and Newcastle Knights in Australia. He primarily played as a wing, but also spent time at prop and on the bench.

After playing junior football with Brothers Hill, Sailor made his NRL debut for Brisbane in 1995. He went on to play 237 games for the club before joining Newcastle in 2007. In 2009, Sailor was selected to represent Queensland at State of Origin level and he won two caps during that series.

Following injury problems that curtailed his appearances for Newcastle, Sailor retired from rugby league at the end of 2011 season after 13 years in the NRL competition; however, he later returned to full-time training with Newtown Jets in early 2017. 

Wendell has three children – daughter Mia (born 2001), son Tariq (born 2004) and son Junior (born 2006).

His eldest child Mia plays basketball while Tariq competes nationally in taekwondo and Junior is an aspiring AFL player.

7. Kevin Walters


Walters was born in Rockhampton, Queensland in 1967 and played for the Booval Swifts before moving to Norths Devils. He made his first-grade debut with the Canberra Raiders in 1987 and went on to play 236 games for them over 10 seasons.

Walters joined Brisbane Broncos in 1990 and spent 11 years there before retiring at the end of 2001 season. Kevin Walters is a five-eighth by trade but has also been used as a halfback during his career, earning 36 caps between 1985-1989 while playing for the Australian national side.

In 1988 he won both the Rothmans Medal (the Aussie Rugby League player of year) and Dally M Rookie of Year Awards, whilst also being named captain of Australia's 1995 World Cup campaign which ended in disappointment at Telstra Stadium Melbourne after losing their opening match against New Zealand 32–16.

8. Petero Civoniceva


Petero Civoniceva

Petero Civoniceva is a rugby union player who represented Fiji in international competition. He was born in Suva, Fiji and played for the Queensland Reds in Australia before joining Toulouse Olympique in France.

Civoniceva has also had spells with Saracens RFC and Worcester Warriors FC in England, as well as Racing 92 and Stade Français of Paris, where he currently plays for.

In November 2017 it was announced that Civoniceva would join Irish side Munster on a three-year contract beginning January 2019.

Livonian Warlord Vaimoso declared himself an enemy of Petero Civoniceva after being tackled by him during the 2006 Tri Nations Series game between Fiji and New Zealand at Waikato Stadium. A natural prop forward, his playing style often sees him target the opposition's front row forwards,despite his small stature.

9. Steve Renouf


Steve Renouf is a retired Australian professional rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos and St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League (NRL).

He also represented Queensland in State of Origin, playing at centre. In 2003, he was named an Emerging Player of the Year by The Courier-Mail newspaper after helping Brisbane to their first NRL premiership title since 1997.

After finishing his career with the Dragons in 2007, Renouf became assistant coach at the club under Rick Stone before being appointed head coach on 3 October 2012 but resigned from his position on 29 November 2013 after just over three months due to personal reasons Renouf was born in Queensland on the 1st of October, 1978.

Renouf made his NRL debut for Brisbane Broncos in 1998 and went on to play 182 games for the club over six seasons. In 2000, Renouf transferred to Wigan Warriors where he played 59 matches before retiring at the end of 2003 season. 

After retirement from playing rugby league, Steve started a coaching career with Canberra Raiders as an assistant coach during 2004-2005 season and then became head coach for 2006-2008 seasons respectively before moving to Melbourne Storm as their head coach for 2009 onwards where he remains currently coaching team.

Steve has also represented Australia multiple times at international level including appearances in 1997 World Cup and 2002 Commonwealth Games which earned him a place among Australian Rugby League immortalists. 

He is married with two children who both play football professionally.

10. Justin Hodges


Justin Hodges

Hodges is a talented and experienced fullback who has played for both the Queensland Reds and Australia. Hodges started his career with the Queensland Reds, before transferring to the Australian Rugby Union team in 2006.

He was a key member of the Wallabies side that won the 2007 World Cup and earned accolades as one of Australia's best players during that tournament. 

In 2011, Hodges announced he would be retiring from rugby at the end of that year due to injury complications arising from an ankle reconstruction surgery earlier in 2010.

Since announcing his retirement, Hodges has continued to play club rugby in England where he currently plays for Gloucester RUFC alongside former Wallaby teammate Quade Cooper. 

After being released by Gloucester at the end of 2016, Hodgson signed with Richmond FC for their inaugural season in 2017 playing primarily as a replacement fullback but also starting two games at outside centre.

In 2018 he moved back into full-back once again after switching clubs yet again this time signing with English outfit Northampton Saints on 1 February 2018.

11. Kerrod Walters


Kerrod Walters is a former hooker who played for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition. Kerrod Walters represented Australia at international level and won 37 caps, including three Tests against New Zealand.

After retiring from rugby league, Kerrod Walters took up coaching with the Brisbane Broncos NRL side. In 2013, he was appointed head coach of League1 Southside club Gold Coast Titans after spending two years as an assistant coach with North Queensland Cowboys.

He has also served as an assistant coach with Australia's national team in both Test matches and World Cup qualifiers. Kerrod Walters was born on October 20th 1967 in Rockhampton, Queensland to parents Ivan and Lorna Walter. 

As a youth player, he played cricket for his local club before switching to rugby union when he moved to Sydney for university studies in 1990.

Walters made his Australian debut during the 1991 Rugby Union Tri-Nations tournament and went on to make 37 appearances for his country between 1991 and 2003 – winning 3 test matches against New Zealand (1991), Wales (1992) & Scotland (1996). 

His final game came against France during the 2003 tour of Europe which ended in a 38-12 loss at Stade de France. kerro then retired from International rugby league playing career having amassed 97 caps scoring 5 tries along way.

12. Tonie Carroll

Tonie Carroll

Tonie Carroll is a New Zealand rugby union player. Tonie Carroll has played for the Canterbury Crusaders, the Taranaki Blues and the Wellington Hurricanes in his career.

In 2006, he was named in the All Blacks squad for their tour of Europe but did not make an appearance on that tour due to injury. 

On 25 October 2010, it was announced that Carroll had signed with English side Northampton Saints until at least June 2013.[3] In December 2011, he re-signed with Wellington Hurricanes until 2016.

He made his Test debut against France on 9 November 2004 and has since been involved in 73 Tests playing 34 matches including 6 internationals as of 26 February 2013.

He represented New Zealand at two World Cups (2007 & 2011) and also captained them at both tournaments.

As of 25 January 2014, Tonie Carroll's contract with Northampton Saints had ended and he would be retiring from professional rugby after 2 years out of action due to a knee injury sustained during Super Rugby competition earlier that year.

13. Brad Thorn

Brad Thorn

Brad Thorn is a professional rugby league footballer who played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Australia, and the Otago Rugby League in New Zealand.

He started playing rugby league when he was five years old, and soon became a star player for his local club. In 1995, he moved to Australia to play with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, where he spent nine seasons before moving back to New Zealand in 2004.

During his time with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Thorn won two Premiership titles (1998 and 2002), as well as three Dally M Awards (1998–2000). 

He then joined the Otago Rugby League team, where he has remained ever since − making him one of only four players never to have left either side of the Tasman Sea.

As well as being an outstanding rugby league player, Thorn also holds several world records; including being mankind's tallest man at 2 meters 11 inches tall,[1] and having rowed crew at both national level and internationally.

In December 2013 it was announced that Thorn would join the English side Salford Red Devils on a two-year contract beginning in 2014. 

However, this deal fell through due to visa issues,[6] which led him instead to sign with French Top 14 side Toulon on a three-year contract starting from February 2016.

14. Sam Thaiday


Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on June 12th 1985. He is a professional Rugby League footballer who plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League (NRL).

Sam has played for the Brisbane Broncos since 2008 and has been a regular member of their squad ever since. In 2013 he won his first NRL Premiership with the Broncos and also represented Queensland at State of Origin level that year.

Sam is an aggressive forward who loves to run over defenders and score tries in front of his home crowd at Suncorp Stadium. 

He has also represented Australia at the international level on numerous occasions, most notably captaining them to victory over New Zealand in the 2013 ANZAC Test match series.

In December 2015 it was announced that Thaiday had signed a three-year contract extension with Brisbane which will keep him with the club until 2018. Outside of football, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as undertaking various charity work throughout Queensland.

15. Michael Hancock


Michael Hancock

Hancock, a wing, is one of the most experienced players in the NRL. Hancock has played for Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters in the NRL and St George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League (NRL).

He was also an Australian international representative wing from 1991 to 2002. In 2003 he signed with English club Warrington Wolves before returning to Australia two seasons later to play for Melbourne Storm where he won a premiership medal in 2006.

Hancock retired at season's end with Melbourne Storm after playing 143 games and scoring 27 tries over 13 seasons; his final game being their 2007 grand final victory against North Queensland Cowboys which secured their.

First ever title as well as him winning his second premiership ring after previously winning with Brisbane Broncos back in 1998-99 season.

After retiring from professional football, Hancock took up coaching positions within both rugby league clubs and state leagues across Australia before taking on the role of head coach of the Newcastle Knights starting from 2019 season.

16. Wally Lewis


Wally Lewis

Wally Lewis is a retired Australian rugby league five-eighth and lock. He played for the Fortitude Valley club in 1978–83, before moving to Wakefield Trinity in 1983.

Lewis won two premierships with Wakefield, in 1984 and 1985, as well as being named World Rugby League Five-eighth of the Year both seasons. He finished his career with Brisbane Broncos (1995), Canberra Raiders (1996) and Newcastle Knights (1997).

Lewis was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Wally James Lewis was born on 1 December 1959 at Hawthorne, Queensland, Australia to Walter Sr., a truck driver, and Lillian (née Ritchie).

His family relocated to Townsville when he was seven years old where he attended Holy Family School until 1973 when he moved back to Melbourne to attend Prahran High School where he excelled at athletics. 

In 1978 Wally transferred from Varsity Blues U18s football side captained by Allan Langer scoring 42 tries from 15 games including 5 against NSW Countryside Panthers U18s 20/12/78 under 16's.

Origin II match-winning try 2 minutes 52 seconds from full-time 27 all-over field goal kicker Trevor Bayliss touchline that day who put team shirt number "42" on him after game then offered handshake agreement not publicity because they didn't have TV cameras there like nowadays live on Sky etc.

After leaving school landed a professional rugby league contract playing first grade for Newtown Jets 1977 season NYC grand final loss 36-8 v Balmain Tigers NRL Grand Final winners 38-0 which led Sydney Morning Herald journalist Peter Sterling calling Newtown Jets “the worst ever” squad good enough only for amateur competition wrote about.

It giving player & coach David Furner job interview coaching Newtown following season end - true story some people still believe this today despite overwhelming evidence proving otherwise. LOL again. 

Yes I actually did play first grade professionally for Newtown Jets 1977 season NYC grand final loss 36-8 v Balmain Tigers NRL Grand Final winners 38--0 but no one really knows that apart from me & my close friends whom I've told this amazing story too many times already so if you don't mind could you please just move along now thanks.

17. Shaun Berrigan


Shaun Berrigan

Shaun Berrigan is a former Australian rugby league player who played in the National Rugby League for the Brisbane Broncos. After playing junior football for the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, Berrigan made his NRL debut with the Brisbane Broncos in 2000.

He remained with the club until 2004, when he was signed by the Sydney Roosters. In 2006 and 2007, Berrigan spent time on loan at English side Wigan Warriors before returning to Australia to play for Melbourne Storm in 2008. 

After two seasons with Melbourne Storm, he joined French side Toulouse Olympique ahead of their 2012 Super League season.

In 2016, after six years with Toulouse Olympique, Berrigan announced his retirement from professional rugby league football aged 34 due to neck injuries sustained during a match against Racing 92 earlier that year.

Since retiring as a player, Berrigan has worked as an assistant coach under Wayne Bennett at both Brisbane and Newcastle Knights.

18. Karmichael Hunt


Karmichael Hunt

Karmichael Hunt was born in Auckland, New Zealand on November 17th 1986. He is a full-back who has played for the Canterbury Bulldogs and Melbourne Storm in the NRL.

Karmichael Hunt won his first premiership with Melbourne Storm in 2013 before also winning back-to-back titles with Canterbury Bulldogs in 2016 and 2017. In October 2018, he announced his retirement from rugby league after 12 seasons playing at the top level of the game.

Karmichael Hunt is married to model Miranda Kerr and they have one child together - daughter Willow Rose (born May 2014). As well as being an accomplished rugby player, Hunt is also a talented singer having released two albums - 'Hunt' (2007) and 'The Soul Machine' (2013).

He has appeared as a guest judge on Australian TV show "Dancing With The Stars".

19. Glenn Lazarus


Glenn Lazarus Career

  • 1987–91: Canberra Raiders
  • 1992–97: Brisbane Broncos
  • 1998–99: Melbourne Storm
  • 1988: President's XIII
  • 1989–90: NSW City
  • 1989–99: New South Wales
  • 1990–99: Australia
  • 1991–96: Country Origin
  • 1997: New South Wales (SL)
  • 1997: Australia (SL)

Glenn Lazarus is the leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team, which was established in July 2015. He served as Deputy to Kerrod Walters from 9 July 2015 until 14 July 2017.

In January 2014, he founded the United Australia Party (UAP) in Queensland and became its Leader later that year. He lost his seat at the Queensland state election in March 2015 but regained it at the subsequent by-election on 12 May 2015.

He resigned as Leader of UAP on 12 March 2015 after failing to win a Senate seat at the Australian Federal Election that month; Brian Burston succeeded him thereafter. Glenn Lazarus is a former Australian Senator for Queensland who was in office from 1 April 2013 to 6 June 2013.

He served as Deputy Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) from 2011 until his resignation in January 2013, after LNP members voted down leadership changes he advocated. 

Lazarus subsequently founded the Glenn Lazarus Team, an independent political party which contested the 2015 federal election but failed to win any seats.

In 2017, he joined forces with Pauline Hanson's One Nation party and became its senator for Queensland; however, this arrangement lasted just one year before Hanson resigned and Lazarus again dissolved his own party. 

Currently, Glenn Lazarus resides in Brisbane where he continues to work on various business ventures outside of politics.

20. Adam Reynolds


Adam Reynolds

Adam Reynolds is a rugby league player who has represented Australia at international level. He played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the National Rugby League (NRL) before moving to the Gold Coast Titans in 2016.

Reynolds was named as captain of the Titans for 2018 but he suffered an ankle injury early in the season and missed several matches. After recovering, Reynolds led his team to a Grand Final victory over Melbourne Storm which earned him NRL MVP honours.

In November 2018, Reynolds signed with English club Wigan Warriors on a three-year deal. Adam Reynold's father, Terry, also played professional rugby league and Adam first started playing football when he was five years old after watching his dad play for Sydney Roosters.

Adams credits his older brother Jamie – who also plays rugby league professionally – with teaching him how to play properly due to their competitive nature towards each other during their childhood games His younger sister Amelia plays volleyball for Australia and represented her country at under 20 level earlier this year.

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21. Andrew Gee

Andrew Gee is an Australian actor, best known for his roles in the TV series "Neighbours" and its spin-off show "The Young Doctors". In 2006, he won a Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent on Australian television.

He has also appeared in films such as "Babe" (1995), "Muriel's Wedding" (1998) and "Wild Things II" (2003). Gee was born on 28 October 1969 in Sydney, Australia to parents of Irish descent. 

After completing school at Strathfield South High School, he studied Applied Theatre Arts at Southern Cross University before making his acting debut on the Australian soap opera Neighbours in 1988 playing Brett McKay.

Between 1988-1993 he played various characters including Steffen Muller, Cody Willis and Darren Miller. From 1993 until 1996 Andrew starred as Dr Tom Cleaver on the long running ABC drama series The Young Doctors which ran for 5 seasons totalling over 100 episodes. 

From 1998-2004 he portrayed John Palmer in the popular family comedy Muriel's Wedding directed by Peter Jackson who cast him after seeing him perform onstage in a production of Arthur Miller 's play All My Sons opposite Cate Blanchett.

In 2003 Gee landed one of his most memorable roles when he starred alongside Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron as Max Raynor - founder of The Breakers hotel -in Wild Things II ; this film marked not only his Hollywood debut but also saw him reunited with director John Landis.

22. Michael De Vere

Michael De Vere

De Vere was born in 1976 and is a former Australian international rugby player. He played as a centre, wing, and fullback. 

De Vere has been playing professionally since 1997 with clubs including the London Wasps, Sale Sharks, Harlequins Rugby Club, Racing Metro 92 (now Racing 92), Toulouse Olympique (France), and Northampton Saints (England).

De Vere made his test debut for Australia against Scotland on 14 November 2000 at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow scoring two tries in Australia's 35-17 victory. 

In 2003 he helped lead England to their first Six Nations Championship title since 1999 with victories over Ireland, Wales, France & Italy en route before being named Grand Slam Champion after beating Scotland in the final match of the tournament at Twickenham Stadium on 19 March 2003 by 22 points to 15.

He became only the third Englishman after Clive Woodward and Brian Noble to be crowned European Champions following England’s 28-24 win over Romania at Stadionul Olimpia Bucharest on 10 June 2004. 

Following this success he signed for French side Toulouse Olympique from Premiership side Northampton Saints where he would spend 5 seasons until 2007/2008.

When injuries ended his career prematurely aged just 27 years old due to an ankle injury sustained during pre-season training with Northampton Saints ahead of that year’s Anglo Saxon Cup campaign.

Which saw them reach the Semi Final stage but lose out 30 -28 to Bath Rugby RFC who went onto lift The Anglo Saxon Cup trophy defeating Gloucester Rugby Union 26 – 17 at Kingsholm Stadium on 2 December 2007 Michael won 48 caps for Australia scoring 12 tries.

While also representing Queensland Reds 23 times plus 1 cap whilst playing club rugby both domestically and internationally; winning 3 premiership titles: Sale Sharks 1998–1999; Harlequins RC 2002–2003; Racing Metro 92 2006.

23. Kurt Capewell

Kurt Capewell

Kurt Capewell is a talented Australian football player who has enjoyed success with both his club and country. Kurt was born in Charleville, Queensland in 1993 and started playing football at an early age.

He played for local clubs before signing with Brisbane Roar in 2013. At Brisbane, Kurt quickly established himself as one of the best players in Australia, winning the A-League title twice (in 2014 and 2017).

In 2018 he joined English club Fulham on a season long loan deal, helping them to qualify for the UEFA Europa League playoffs. 

Kurt is currently contracted to Brisbane until 2020 but has been linked with a number of other clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of future seasons Kurt Capewell is a second-row forward who plays for the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL.

He has played 64 games for the Sharks since 2016 and scored 24 tries during that time. Kurt was also part of the Panthers team that reached the 2020 NRL Grand Final, but they lost to Brisbane Broncos by one point in an exciting match. 

In 2018, he led Queensland to their first ever State of Origin title and capped off his successful year with a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Outside of rugby league, Kurt enjoys spending time with his family and friends - he is known as someone who always puts others before himself.

24. Herbie Farnworth

Herbie Farnworth

Herbie Farnworth is a young footballer who has been playing for Burnley since the age of 16. He has appeared in over 50 matches for the Clarets and is highly rated within the club.

Herbie Farnworth is known for his powerful shots from outside the box, as well as his excellent passing ability which allows him to create chances for his team-mates. 

Herbie Farnworth was called up to England's U17 squad in 2017, and made one appearance before being replaced by Harry Winks later that year due to injury.

In 2018, Herbie Farnworth was handed a starting place in Burnley's first team and went on to make 19 appearances across all competitions - scoring three goals including two during their run to the Championship play-offs where they lost narrowly against Wolverhampton Wanderers (who went on to win promotion). 

At just 23 years old, there are high expectations placed upon Herbie Farnworth both domestically within England and further afield with clubs such as Barcelona reportedly showing an interest in signing him this summer.

25. Payne Haas


Payne Haas

Payne Haas is a young Australian basketball player who has already achieved a lot in his short career. Payne Haas was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia on 2 December 1999 and started playing basketball at an early age.

He quickly became one of the country's top performers and joined the Australian Youth national team in 2015. In March 2018, he signed with Danish club BK Metz for the rest of the season after impressing scouts during trials. 

He made his debut for Metz on 10 April 2018 against FC Barcelona Lassa and averaged 5 points per game over 7 appearances before being recalled to Australia's senior side ahead.

Their tour to China later that month Payne Haas has continued to play for Australia at youth level since returning from Europe but is yet to make his full international debut.

26. Darius Boyd


Darius Boyd Career

  • 2006–08: Brisbane Broncos
  • 2009–11: St. George Illawarra
  • 2012–14: Newcastle Knights
  • 2015–20: Brisbane Broncos
  • 2008–17: Queensland
  • 2008–17: Australia
  • 2012: Prime Minister's XIII

Darius Boyd is a well-known fullback who has played for the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm in the NRL. 

He was originally signed by the Brisbane Broncos as an 18-year old, and made his debut in 2006 against the Newcastle Knights.

In 2009, he re-signed with the Brisbane Broncos on a three-year deal, before joining Melbourne Storm at the end of that season. 

During his time with both clubs, Darius Boyd has won two premierships (with Brisbane in 2011 and Melbourne in 2013), as well as being named player of the year twice (2012 with Brisbane and 2014 with Melbourne).

At international level, Darius Boyd has represented Australia numerous times over – most notably during their 2012 Rugby League World Cup campaign which culminated in them becoming world champions. 

Currently playing for French side Catalans Dragons, where he joined at the start of this season – having previously spent one year apiece at English club St Helens RLC and Japanese rugby union side Suntory Sungoliath FC respectively.

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27. Ben Ikin

Ben Ikin is a professional rugby league footballer who has played for the Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights and St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League (NRL).

He was born in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia on 21 February 1977. Ben Ikin started playing rugby league at an early age with his local club the Tweed Vikings before being signed by the Sydney Roosters in 1996.

In 2001, he joined Newcastle Knights where he would play until 2006 when he moved to St George Illawarra Dragons. In 2009 and 2010 he captained both clubs respectively before retiring from football at the end of the 2010 season due to injury Ben Ikin is a sports journalist who has worked for some of Australia's largest newspapers.

Ben was born in Brisbane, Queensland and started his career as a print journalist before moving to television work. He currently works for Fox Sports News as an NRL reporter and has also commentated on the game for Network Ten. 

Ben is well-known within the rugby league community and regularly appears on radio broadcasts throughout Australia.

In 2005, he founded The Daily Telegraph's Rugby League blog, which quickly became one of the most popular sites in that sport online.

28. Alex Glenn

Second row

Alex Glenn

Alex Glenn is a 34-year-old New Zealander who plays for the Australian side Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. He made his professional debut with the Auckland Blues in 2007 and has since played for the Crusaders, Highlanders and Melbourne Rebels.

Glenn was a member of the All Blacks Sevens team that won silver at the London Olympics in 2012. In 2017 he signed a three-year contract extension with Melbourne which will see him remain with them until 2021 Alex Glenn is a former Australian rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL.

After playing junior football with the Ipswich Jets, he was signed by the Brisbane Broncos and made his NRL début in 2009. 

He has since represented New Zealand on multiple occasions, including at the 2013 World Cup and 2017 Rugby League World Cup, where he started all three of their matches as fullback. In 2018, Glenn announced his retirement from professional rugby league after 11 seasons with Brisbane and 167 games overall.

Since retiring from playing professionally, Glenn has worked as an assistant coach for Queensland State of Origin team and will also join St George Illawarra Dragons as a development coach in 2019 under new head coach Paul McGregor.

29. Corey Oates


Corey Oates

Corey Oates is a talented Australian Rules footballer who has played for the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns in the AFL. Oates was drafted by the Brisbane Lions with their first selection (No.

5 overall) in the 2011 AFL National Draft. In his debut season at senior level, he finished second on the club for total disposals (246). 

He also averaged 16 disposals per game over 19 matches, including three games of 30+ disposal performances.

In 2013, Oates played 10 games for Melbourne before being traded to the Gold Coast Suns at the end of that season as part of a package that included pick No 7 and future draft picks which helped rebuild both clubs' lists following seasons of poor results.

Oates made an immediate impact upon joining Gold Coast; he ranked fifth in 2012-13 league kicking statistics with 124 goals from 153 kicks – an impressive return given his limited opportunities as a midfielder/forward due to injury throughout most of his career up until that point.

In 2014, despite missing six weeks early in the year with a hamstring injury sustained playing against Collingwood Football Club in round 2,Corey still managed to average 24 disposals and five marks per match across 23 appearances continuing this form into 2015.

Where he was runner up for best and fairest behind teammate Tom Lynch at Metricon Stadium after averaging 26 touches, seven tackles and 496 metres gained per game.[3] On 27 October 2016 during Australia's International Match against Ireland at Adelaide.

Corey broke Paul Roos’ record number career possessions held by an Australian rules player when he passed Roos’s previous figure off 169 catches. This came just one day after breaking Gary Ablett Sr.'s all time goal kicking record.

When kicked four goals from four attempts during Australia's loss to Geelong Cats at Simonds Stadium on Saturday night. Oates announced his retirement from football effective immediately following the conclusion of Round 22 2018 NRL Season.

After 203 matches representing Queensland State U23s & Sydney Swans U18 side between 2009-2012 inclusive then finally making it onto The Lions Senior Side playing 20 consecutive.

Games recovering from ACL Reconstruction surgery before being delisted prior to 2017 Preseason Rd1 due to salary cap issues yet again , having achieved so much but not quite completing what could have been had injuries not intervened along way.

30. Anthony Milford

Scrum half

Anthony Milford

Anthony Milford is an Australian rugby union player who has represented Queensland in the national team. He made his debut for the Wallabies in 2013 and has since played at Test level, representing Australia on multiple occasions.

Milford originally played as a five-eighth but has also been used at fullback and halfback for Queensland Reds sides. Milford signed with Rugby United New Zealand (RUNA) in 2018 and will play for their Super Rugby side next season.

In 2017, he was named Australian Player of The Year after playing a key role in helping Queensland win the State of Origin series that year. Milford is married to model Jacinda Barrett and they have two children together - daughter Willow (born 2016) and son Fox (born 2019).

Anthony Milford is a professional rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos and Canberra Raiders. He was born on 7 November 1992 in Sydney, New South Wales. Anthony first made an impression on Australian Rugby League (ARL) fans when he helped the Brisbane Broncos to victory in the NRL Grand Final in 2013.

In 2015, he moved to the Canberra Raiders and went on to win two more NRL premierships with them before moving back to Australia’s National Rugby League team, the Queensland Maroons in 2017. 

He has also represented Samoa at international level and scored 15 tries during his career so far - making him one of Australia's most successful ever rugby league players.

31. Xavier Coates


Xavier Coates Career

  • 2019–21: Brisbane Broncos
  • 2022: Melbourne Storm
  • 2019: Papua New Guinea
  • 2020–22: Queensland

Xavier Coates is a talented wing player who has impressed in the NBL for the Perth Wildcats this season. Xavier played junior basketball in Australia before coming to Europe to play professionally.

He started playing rugby league at an early age and developed his skills with the PNG national team, earning selection for the Junior Kangaroos squad in 2016. 

In 2017, he joined Perth's NBL side and has been one of their best players this season, averaging 16 points per game while shooting 50% from three-point range.

Xavier is looking forward to representing his country at next year's World Cup Qualifiers in Portugal later this month, where he will be aiming to help Papua New Guinea qualify for their first ever world cup tournament. 

Xavier Coates is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League.

He has previously played for Melbourne Storm, with whom he won the NRL Premiership in 2018. Xavier Coates was born on 8th December 1997 in Townsville, Queensland and is of Torres Strait Islander descent. 

Xavier started playing rugby league as a young child at his local club before progressing to representative levels with Queensland's under-16s team and then their under-18s side before being signed by Melbourne Storm ahead of the 2017 season.

In just his second year with the Melbourne Storm, Xavier made an instant impact off the bench becoming a regular starter over.

The following three seasons culminating in him winning back-to-back premierships in 2018 and 2019 with Brisbane Broncos alongside teammates Darius Boyd and Cameron Smith respectively. 

During his time representing Australia at junior level (under 18s), Xavier won two World Cups - one against New Zealand Under 20s and another against England Academy.

As well as captaining them on several occasions including at both tournaments where they reached semifinal stages or better.

Outside of football, Xavier enjoys spending time away from home travelling around various parts of Australia during summer break; 

He also loves spending time cooking traditional Torres Strait Island cuisine which can include pandanus leaf-wrapped chicken or fish cooked overnight over charcoal fired grills.

32. Berrick Barnes

Berrick Barnes Career

  • Position(s): Five-eighth, Halfback, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2005: Brisbane Broncos: 9: (4), , Correct as of 25 April 2020
  • Position(s): Five-eighth, Halfback
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2005: Brisbane Broncos: 9: (4)
  • Correct as of 25 April 2020
  • Position(s): Fly-half, Inside Centre, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2006–2009: Reds: 45: (105), 2007: Ballymore Tornadoes: 2: (5), 2010–2013: Waratahs: 43: (194), 2013–2018: Panasonic Wild Knights: 57: (603), 2020: Ricoh Black Rams: 3: (8), , Correct as of 25 April 2020, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007: Australia A: 4: (0), 2007–2013: Australia: 51: (200), , Correct as of 25 April 2020
  • Position(s): Fly-half, Inside Centre
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2006–2009: Reds: 45: (105)
  • 2007: Ballymore Tornadoes: 2: (5)
  • 2010–2013: Waratahs: 43: (194)
  • 2013–2018: Panasonic Wild Knights: 57: (603)
  • 2020: Ricoh Black Rams: 3: (8)
  • Correct as of 25 April 2020

Berrick Barnes is a talented rugby league player who has represented Australia at international level. Barnes started his career with the Brisbane Broncos, before being signed by the Waratahs in 2011.

He has since played for other clubs, including the Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys, but is now back playing for the Waratahs. In 2016, he was named as captain of NSW Country Origin team and led them to victory that year.

Berrick Barnes is known for his hard running and accurate passing which makes him an important part of any team he plays for. He also possesses good goal-kicking capabilities which have seen him score several tries over his long career in rugby league.

Outside of rugby league, Berrick Barnes enjoys spending time with family and friends and participating in various sporting activities such as cricket.

33. Kotoni Staggs


Kotoni Staggs was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a singer-songwriter and producer who has released two albums: "The Weight" (2015) and "Invisible Thread" (2018).

Her music is influenced by soul, gospel, blues, folk, and pop genres. Kotoni has performed at festivals such as the Memphis Blues & Gospel Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

In 2018 she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist . Kotoni currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee Kotoni Staggs is a 20 year old prop for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League.

Kotoni was born and raised in Ipswich, Queensland and played his junior rugby league with Brothers North Ipswich before being signed by the Broncos as an 18-year-old in 2016. He made his debut for the club in Round 2 of that season against Canterbury City and has since played 64 NRL matches, scoring 7 tries along the way.

Kotoni also represented Queensland at the under-18 level and won a silver medal at the Australian U20 Championships later that year. 

In March 2018 he captained Australia to their first ever World Club Challenge victory over Wigan Warriors at Wembley Stadium - becoming just the second player (after Billy Slater) to captain both Brisbane Broncos teams to premiership success (the other being Darren Lockyer).

34. Thomas Dearden

Scrum half

Thomas Dearden

Thomas Dearden is an Australian Rules Football player who was drafted by the Brisbane Lions in the 2017 National Draft. Thomas Dearden started his career playing for Toowoomba in the Queensland State League before being drafted by the Brisbane Lions.

Thomas Dearden has represented Australia at under 17, under 18 and under 19 levels. In 2016, Thomas Dearden made his AFL debut for Melbourne against Port Adelaide where he played 3 games and kicked 1 goal. 

In 2018, Thomas Deardens season was cut short after breaking his leg in Round 11 against Gold Coast Suns however he announced that he would return for 2019 training midway through the year to continue developing as a footballer During the 2019 pre-season.

Tom competed in both The Gabba International Cup and NAB Challenge matches with Brisbane Lions affiliate side North Sydney Bears scoring 6 goals between them.

35. Brent Tate

Brent Tate

Brent Tate began his career with the Roma Eagles in Queensland before moving to England and playing for Bradford Bulls, Coventry Bears, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Hull Kingston Rovers.

In 2009 Brent Tate was signed by the Sydney Roosters where he played until 2014. After being released by the Sydney Roosters he joined the Newcastle Knights in 2015. 

Brent Tate has represented Australia at international level on a number of occasions including test matches against New Zealand and France as well as minor tournaments such as The World Cup Qualifiers against Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

In 2017 Brent Tate announced his retirement from professional rugby league after spending two years with Newcastle Knights. Currently Brent is undertaking a coaching course at NRL Super League side North Sydney Bears

Also Played For: new zealand warriors, north queensland cowboys

36. Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett was born in Allora, Queensland, Australia on 1 January 1950. Wayne Bennett played for Warwick and the Australian National Team from 1969-70 to 1971-72.

In 1972, he signed with the Auckland Warriors where he spent 11 seasons as a player/coach before taking over as head coach of the Brisbane Broncos in 1997. He coached them until 2007 when he retired after leading them to their first premiership title in 16 years.

Since retiring from coaching, Bennett has remained involved with rugby league by serving as an ambassador and commentator for both television and radio broadcasts around Australia and New Zealand. 

In 2012, Bennett was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame alongside other sporting greats such as Dawn Fraser and Bill Perkins.

On 15 October 2014 it was announced that Wayne Bennett would be returning to Rugby League Football at the helm of newly formed club Sydney Roosters starting from 2015 season onwards.

37. Matt Gillett

Second row

Matt Gillett

Matt Gillett played for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL) from 2007 to 2013. He was drafted by Sydney with their first selection, number 26 overall, in the 2006 AFL Draft.

In his nine seasons with the Swans, he made 245 appearances and kicked 109 goals. After finishing his playing career at Sydney, Matt signed a one-year contract with Gold Coast Suns in 2014.

He retired from football at the end of that season having failed to win a premiership ring despite making three grand final appearances as part of Sydney's successful side during that time period.

Matt is currently an assistant coach for Melbourne Demons under Nathan Buckley and also coaches young players within Melbourne’s VFL affiliate club Sandringham Zebras where he has been since 2016.

38. Brodie Croft

Scrum half

Brodie Croft is a young and upcoming scrum-half who has been playing in the Queensland Cup for the Brisbane Broncos. He has also represented Australia at under 20 level.

Brodie Croft is known for his explosive running and passing ability, which have seen him score many tries in club rugby. Brodie Croft will be looking to make an impact on the Australian national team soon, as he looks to become one of the country's leading players.

Brodie Croft is a hardworking player who always puts himself into positions where he can create chances for his team mates. He is someone fans should keep an eye on over the coming years. Brodie Croft was born on 10 March 1996 in Sydney, New South Wales. 

He is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League (NRL).

Brodie Croft has played for Australia at under-20s level, scoring two tries during the 2016 Four Nations tournament. In 2017 he made his NRL debut for Melbourne Storm against the Gold Coast Titans and quickly established himself as one of their key players, playing in all but one of their 30 games that season. 

In 2018 he again starred for Melbourne Storm, helping them to win back-to-back premierships while also being named player of the year award by both The Age and Fox Sports News Queensland respectively.

At international level Croft has represented Australia at under 20s level, scoring two tries during the 2016 Four Nations tournament before making his full international debut against France in a test match later that year which Australia won 36–18 at AAMI Park.

39. Matthew Lodge


Matthew Lodge

Lodge was born in Sydney, Australia in 1995. He started playing football at a young age and played for various clubs before joining Melbourne City FC in 2016.

Lodge has represented Australia at under-17, under-19, and under-21 levels and made his full international debut against Syria in 2017. 

In 2018 he joined Newcastle United on loan from Melbourne City FC and helped the club reach the FA Cup semi-finals where they were eventually defeated by Manchester United Lodge is a talented and hardworking player who has made an impact in the NRL since joining Brisbane Broncos in 2018.

Lodge is known for his explosive running and strong defence, which have seen him play at both fullback and wing for the Broncos. The 27-year-old is contracted to the Broncos until 2022, with options for further seasons. 

Lodge was selected in Australia's squad for their upcoming Test series against New Zealand, having impressed during Queensland’s State of Origin campaign this year. He will be looking to continue his good form when Brisbane take on Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night (8:50pm AEST).

Matthew Lodge represents everything that makes rugby league great - passion, heart, skill and teamwork - and we are sure he will enjoy continued success in the future.

40. Tevita Pangai Junior


Tevita Pangai Junior

Tevita Pangai Junior is a prop and second rower for the Sydney Roosters. He has played for New South Wales in both Australian Rugby League (ARL) and National Rugby League (NRL) competitions.

Tevita was born on 4 February 1996 in Ashfield, NSW, Australia. At 190 cm tall and weighing 117 kg, he is a dominant player at prop or Second Row position in rugby league football matches. 

As a junior with the Ashfield Ghosts under 18s side he won the NYC premiership as well as being named Player of the Year after impressing NRL clubs with his size, strength, and skill set at trials leading up to 2017 season.

Where he signed with Sydney Roosters on 2 July 2017 following impressive performances throughout pre-season games including a historic win over Melbourne Storm in their first trial match of 2018 at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

Which resulted in Head Coach Trent Robinson awarding him 3rd man of the match award; becoming just the third Indigenous Australian ever to play 100+ NRL games.

His older sister Sakina plays representative football for NSW Women's Football Team while younger brother Siate also competes regularly representing Newtown Jets Under 16s rugby union team.

41. John Asiata

Second-row forward

John Asiata is a powerful lock who can also play prop and five-eighth. He was born in Penrith, New South Wales and played junior rugby for the Panthers before making his NRL debut in 2013.

In 2016 he signed with Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal but suffered an ACL injury that sidelined him for the entire 2017 season. After recovering from his knee injury, John re-signed with the Titans ahead of the 2018 season and has since been one of their most consistent players.

He has represented Australia at the international level, playing against Tonga and Samoa in 2015 and 2016 respectively John Asiata was born on 21st of December, 1992 in Brisbane. 

He is a Queensland State of Origin (QSOS) player and has played for North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos and Leigh Centurions in the National Rugby League (NRL).

John Asiata made his NRL debut with the North Queensland Cowboys against the Melbourne Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium on 3rd October 2010. 

In Round 26 of the 2017 NRL season he scored his first try for the Brisbane Broncos against Newcastle Knights at Suncorp Stadium; this was also his 200th career appearance in the NRL. 

On 17th June 2018 John signed a contract extension with the Broncos until 2023 after playing 101 games and scoring 23 tries since making his debut with them back in 2010.

At 6'1" tall and weighing 197lbs, he is an imposing figure up front for both club and country - something that can be clearly seen during State of Origin matches where he plays as part-time second row forward or lock for Queensland (his home state). 

Outside of football John enjoys spending time with family, going fishing and surfing - two activities which are very close to his heart due to being from coastal town Bundaberg in QLD Australia.

42. Gene Miles

Second row

Gene Miles is a talented centre and second rower who has played for Australia in rugby union. He was born on 21 July 1959 in Townsville, Queensland and began playing rugby at an early age.

He made his international debut for Australia in 1984 and has since won 47 caps, scoring seven tries. In 2002 he was named captain of the Wallabies following the retirement of John Eales, but lost his position after only one season due to poor performances.

Since 2007 he has been coaching Rugby Union side Waratahs alongside former Wallaby coach Rick Stone. Gene retired from professional rugby league football in 2009 after spending 12 seasons with the North Queensland Cowboys organization.

In 2012 he joined Channel Nine as a commentator for their coverage of Super 14 Rugby League matches. He also provides commentary for Australian Rules Football matches on Fox Sports' AFL coverage. Gene currently resides in Sydney with his wife Joanne and two children Madison and Jarrod.

43. Josh McGuire


Josh McGuire

Josh McGuire is a prop who can also play loose forward or second row. He started his career with the Brisbane Broncos before moving to North Queensland Cowboys in 2013.

McGuire has represented Australia at international level and was part of their World Cup-winning team in 2015. In 2018, he signed with Super League side Warrington Wolves on a two-year deal.

Josh McGuire is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. He was born on 9 July 1996 in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

McGuire started playing rugby league at an early age and made his first-grade debut with the Brisbane Broncos during the 2018 NRL season. 

He has also represented Samoa at international level, playing 7 matches between 2010-2017 including 4 appearances at the 2017 World Cup Qualifier where Samoa finished 3rd place behind New Zealand and Fiji earning their spot to compete in Japan later that year.

McGuire is considered one of the up and coming stars of Australian rugby league with many believing he could be part of a very successful future for both himself and his team as they strive towards becoming world champions once again.

44. Andrew McCullough


Andrew McCullough

Andrew McCullough is a talented Australian hooker who has been playing rugby since he was a young boy. He first represented his country in 2009, and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for Australia.

In 2012, Andrew won the Super Rugby title with the Queensland Reds, and he also made two appearances for the Wallabies that year. 

At international level, Andrew is renowned as one of the best Hookers in world rugby, and he will be looking to add another World Cup victory to his trophy cabinet this year.

Outside of rugby, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family and friends - especially when they're all gathered around a barbecue. Thanks to his hard work on the pitch, Andrew has managed to build up an extremely successful career both domestically and internationally – we can't wait to see what he does next.

45. Lote Tuqiri


Lote Tuqiri

Tuqiri is a rugby league footballer who has played for the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm in Australia, and the Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters in New South Wales.

He was born on September 23rd, 1979 in Korolevu, Fiji to parents of Fijian heritage. Tuqiri began playing rugby union as a youngster before switching to rugby league at the age of 16 after being spotted by a scout while playing for his school's team.

After making his debut with the Brisbane Broncos in 2001, Tuqiri quickly established himself as one of Australia's premier wingers and helped lead them to two premierships (2005 & 2006). 

In 2007 he left Brisbane to sign with Melbourne Storm where he won another premiership (2008) alongside teammate Cameron Smith .

In 2010 Tuqiris signed with Newcastle Knights where he spent 2 seasons before moving back Down Under and joining Sydney Roosters as their marquee player ahead of the 2015 season .

 Currently retired from professional sport due to injury however still involved heavily within Rugby League coaching circles.

Also Played For: west tigers

46. Kodi Nikorima

Scrum half

Kodi Nikorima

Kodi Nikorima is a talented five-eighth who has been in the NRL for four seasons. Kodi was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand and played his junior rugby league for the Redcliffe Dolphins before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos.

He made his first-grade debut for the Broncos against Newcastle Jets in 2013 and continued to play regularly until he was traded to South Sydney Rabbitohs at the end of 2016 season. 

In 2018, Kodi joined Canberra Raiders where he currently plays as their halfback replacement or starting five-eighth when fit.

With excellent ball control and kicking skills, Kodi is often used as a running halfback or hooker on attack which makes him an dangerous player both with and without the ball in hand. 

His versatile playing style means that he can also be used at fullback if needed which gives him even more attacking potential on either side of the field; making him one of most complete players in Australian rugby league today.

47. Willie Carne


Willie Carne is a retired rugby league player who played for the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm. He made his NRL debut in 1989 with the Brisbane Broncos, playing until 1994.

After leaving the NRL, he played in England for Halifax (1995-1996) and Wigan (1997). In 2000 he returned to Australia to play for PNG Hunters in the NSW Cup before retiring at the end of that season.

Willie has since worked as an assistant coach at both St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Titans, before taking up a role as head coach of Mount Isa Mines Raiders in 2016 Willie Carne was born in 1915 and played rugby union for the Brisbane Broncos from 1930 to 1946.

He is best known for his time with the Broncos, where he made 136 appearances and scored 72 tries during that time. In 1947, Carne moved to England to play for Leicester Tigers, but retired after one season due to a knee injury. 

After retiring from professional rugby, Carne went back into coaching and worked with both Queensland Reds (1997-2004) and Australia A (2005).

48. Jharal Yow Yeh


Jharal Yow Yeh

Jharal Yow Yeh is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays for the Brisbane Lions in the AFL. He was drafted by the Lions with their first selection and #4 overall in the 2009 National Draft.

Jharal has played 81 games over 4 seasons, averaging 18 disposals and 2 goals per game. In 2013 he won his first club best and fairest award, as well as being runner up in the John Nicholls Medal (player of year).

Jharal signed a two-year contract extension with Brisbane at the end of 2014 which will keep him at The Gabba until at least 2017. After representing Queensland at both under 16s and under 18s levels, he made his senior debut for Queensland in 2008 against Tasmania before playing 3 more matches that season.

He later represented Australia A against France A during 2010 International Rules Series without success but did score 1 goal from an indirect free kick against Ireland A on 5 November 2010 while also impressing coaches ahead of next year's series between Australia and Ireland.

49. Ben Hannant


Ben Hannant

Ben Hannant is a prop for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. He was born in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia and played rugby union before switching to league.

Ben Hannant has represented his country at international level, most notably playing in the 2007 World Cup where he helped Australia make it all the way to their first final appearance ever.

After impressing with Sydney Roosters during the 2011 season, Hannant signed a three-year deal with Newcastle Knights starting from 2012. 

Injuries have limited him to just six appearances for Newcastle since signing but he remains hopeful of returning to full fitness soon enough and continuing his successful NRL career on Tyneside.

On 21 July 2017, Hannant announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2017 season after 12 years representing Brisbane Broncos and 10 years playing professional football overall.

50. Greg Conescu

Greg Conescu is a former Australian professional rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League. A hooker, Greg Conescu started his career with the Queensland Reds before making his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos in 1988.

He went on to play 246 games for the club over 12 seasons, including two grand final appearances and one premiership victory. 

After retiring from playing at age 36, Greg became head coach of both Newtown Jets and Redcliffe Dolphins before being appointed interim head coach of Australia national team in 2013 following Michael Cheika's departure due to health issues.

In 2017, he was named as full-time head coach of Italy national side after their winless start to World Cup qualifying saw them drop down into third place behind Wales and Scotland on table standings. 

Having led Italy to a 2-1 series win against Fiji in 2018 which secured their spot at next year's World Cup , Conescu will be hoping that they can go even further this time around and achieve international success like they did back in 2003 when they reached the semi finals.

51. Ben Barba


Ben Barba

Ben Barba is a fullback and five-eighth who has played for the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL. Ben was born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia on 13 June 1989.

He started playing rugby league at an early age and represented his state at under 16 level before moving to Coffs Harbour Sharks in NSW competition where he made his first grade debut aged 18 years old.

In 2010, after impressing with the Cowboys' feeder team Tweed Heads Seagulls, Barba signed with Brisbane Broncos and quickly became one of their best players during their premiership year that year. 

The following season saw Barba move back north to sign with Newcastle Knights where he spent three seasons until joining North Queensland again ahead of the 2015 season.

Ben's versatility as both a fullback and five-eighth make him difficult to defend against as well as enable him to create opportunities for other players on the field including scoring tries himself or setting up others for success which has seen him become one of the most dangerous attacking player's in world rugby league today.

Final Words

. . The Brisbane Broncos are one of the most successful and beloved rugby league teams in Australia. Over the years they have had some of the best players in the game, including Allan Langer, Darren Lockyer and Wayne Bennett.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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