Alec Evans (1960s/Coach)
A tough but unlucky forward who had a long career in the Queensland team, Alec Evans was extremely popular with the Brisbane crowds and was an outstanding servant of Queensland Rugby.
Going from Souths first grade into the Queensland line-up in 1959 at age 20, Evans played for the State for 11 consecutive seasons until 1969. With a total of 62 games for his State this record was unsurpassed until Queensland started playing teams from outside of Australia on a regular basis.
A tough and loyal player, Evans left the field with a dislocated shoulder in the 1965 match against South Africa in Brisbane, only to return to finish it moments later with his arm strapped to his side.
On retiring from playing, Evans became a coach of international renown. He was a member of the coaching staff for the Wallabies dominant sides of the 1980s, and finished his career as an assistant to Queensland's Super Rugby winning team of 2011. in between, he excelled at every level of the game and in every corner of the globe. Locally, he coached three clubs to Hospital Cup premierships (Wests, Souths, Gold Coast Breakers), as well as being in constant demand as a mentor for any number of school and club sides.
Allen “Butcher” Oxlade (1900s/10s)
A courageous, highly competitive front-row forward whose fire more than compensated for his weight in matches for Queensland and Australia just after the turn of the century.
Known as “Butcher”,Oxlade was regularly selected in Queensland state sides from 1902, making 28 appearances in a twelve-year state representative career. He first played against an international side when the touring All Blacks of 1903 met Queensland in a tour match.
He claimed four international Rugby caps for Australia, making his Test debut against Great Britain, in Brisbane, on 23 July 1904. He was selected the next year on Australia's first ever Rugby tour of New Zealand. When the All Blacks toured Australia in 1907 Oxlade was selected as captain for the second test in Brisbane.
Andrew Slack (1970/80s)
On Debut for Queensland in 1975, Andrew Slack played a total of 133 games for Queensland in a career that spanned the best part of a decade.
He debuted for Australia in 1978 in the home series against Wales and is remembered as a key factor in the Wallabies' ascendancy to world class status, eventually guiding them to a Bledisloe Cup, a Grand Slam and a World Cup semi-final.
A fine player in his own right, Andrew's main strengths were his tactical acumen and the ability to get the most out of his teammates. These qualities made him a superb captain when he was eventually given the honour in 1984 which would see him lead Australia to 14 victories in 19 matches.
Upon retirement from playing, he spent three years as a national selector for the Wallabies before becoming the first backline player in 30 years to coach the Queensland Reds when he was appointed to the position in 2003.
Keith “Arch” Winning (1940/50s)
A nuggety, strongly built back-row forward with outstanding leadership qualities, Keith “Arch” Winning made his debut for Queensland in 1946, aged 17.
In 1947 he was selected for the Wallabies tour of Britain, France and North America. “Arch” Winning played Provincial matches on this trip but did not play any Test matches as injury unfortunately ruled him out. Upon returning he bounced back as Queensland’s Captain in succession to Bill McLean in 1951.
In 1951, he also captained Australia in his only Test against New Zealand.
Arthur Hickson (1880/1890s)
A pioneer of the Northern Rugby Union, later the Queensland Rugby Union, Arthur Hickson was the captain of the first Queensland team in 1882, and captained his state inevery game against NSW until 1886.
A strong and stout man, born in Ireland and a lawyer by profession, Hickson’s strong leadership in the face of constant challenge from not only NSW sides, but other football codes. This gave Queensland Rugby the platform upon which its proud 130 year record has been built.
Austin Gralton (1880/1890s)
Austin Gralton was a tenacious halfback for Queensland and Australia between 1895 and 1903 who played an important pioneering role for Rugby in Queensland.
First representing Queensland in 1893 against New Zealand, Gralton played 29 matches for Queensland bringing a rare brand of enthusiasm to every game.
In 1899, he appeared in the first-ever Test in Australia against Great Britain and the first Test against New Zealand in 1903.
Austin Gralton scored 27 points for Queensland during his career with five tries, three goals, and two penalty goals.
His enthusiasm for Rugby remained unabated long after he retired, and as a Queensland selector, he always coached the team he helped pick.
Bill McLean (1930/40s)
Bill McLean was a brave and resourceful forward of rare and technical skill who captained Australia in four of his five Tests.
McLean remains one of the most respected men in Australian Rugby despite his talents enjoying only a brief airing at the international level due to a career studded with cruel luck.
Debuting for Queensland in 1939, McLean was also a part of the Wallabies who made the long voyage to England in the same year only for World War II to break out the day after they landed on English soil.
McLean was one of the few former Wallabies who was available to play first class Rugby after the war, captaining Australia in the initial post-war Test against New Zealand in Dunedin in 1946.
According to Bill McLean’s former teammates, he could kick a football further than any Australian who ever played Rugby.
In retirement, Bill McLean successfully coached Queensland, and was named in QRU’s Team of The Century.
Bob McCowan (1880/1890s)
Bob McCowan played 24 games for Queensland between 1893 and 1900 captaining Queensland on seven occasions.
He was a fullback of speed, strength and courage who tackled stoutly and kicked accurately. McCowan was the best fullback Queensland has ever produced, according to Tom Welsby, in the 1932 annual review.
In 1899, McCowan was one of ten Queenslanders who represented Australia in the second Test in Brisbane against Great Britain, captaining Australia in this first Test ever to be played in Brisbane.
Bob Templeton (Coach)
The Godfather of Queensland Rugby’s Golden Era during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, Templeton coached Queensland in 233 matches during a period spanning 26 years, first taking the reins in 1962 and helping the Reds to become a leading force in provincial rugby.
In addition to coaching the GPS and University clubs to Hospital Cup victories, he served as a coach at clubs and provinces all around the world, and was still very active on the Queensland and Australian Rugby scene up until his sudden passing in 1999. He served as President of the QRU from 1996 until his death.
Templeton coached the Wallabies in 29 Tests from 1971-81. He was assistant coach from 1988-95, helping to orchestrate Australia's first Rugby World Cup triumph at Twickenham in 1991.
He received an MBE for his services to Rugby and was also widely respected in business circles, serving as the chairman of a leading company.
Bob Willcocks (1910s)
The youngest player to represent Queensland, at 16 and while still a student at Brisbane Grammar, Willcocks had his career cut short by the outbreak of World War I.
Considered by many to be the finest back on the pre WWI period, Willcocks would later serve as a President of QRU, as well as a state selector.
Brendan Moon (1980s)
Playing for Queensland in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Brendan Moon played 100 games for Queensland.
The finest winger of his generation, and arguably of all time, Moon was a truly dependable member of the all conquering Queensland sides of the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was an automatic selection for the QRU Team of The Century. Moon was known as a splendid positional player with exceptional acceleration, tremendous defensive skills and his ability to remain on his feet while being tackled.
Playing his first Test for the Wallabies in Christchurch on Australia's 1978 tour of New Zealand, he became the leading Australian try-scorer in Test Rugby with 12 tries from 25 international appearances, including the famous victories of the 1980 Bledisloe Cup, 1984 Grand Slam and 1986 Bledisloe Cup in NZ.
Educated at Marist College Ashgrove and a player for Brothers in Brisbane, Moon went on to coach for many years after his retirement.
Brian Ford (1950s)
Brian Ford played for Queensland for three seasons in the late 1950’s and in one Test for Australia against New Zealand.
In 1957 Ford was handed the distinction of being the youngest ever player to make his Wallabies Test debut at the tender age 18 years and 3 months, and was the sole Queensland representative in the second Test in Brisbane.
A Life Member of the Souths club in Brisbane, his dedication and commitment to the game continued until his passing in 2011.
Chilla Wilson (1950s)
Dr Charles “Chilla” Wilson was an enterprising breakaway with a good turn of speed, adept in supporting players who made a break, a footballer of spirit and stamina.
Involved in Rugby for over 40 years, he has brought long experience as a player and coach.
Chilla Wilson played for University while he studied medicine, and toured Japan and New Zealand with the Australian Universities team in 1954 and 1956. He made his debut for Queensland in 1952, holding his place until 1959.
Wilson first played for Australia in 1957 in Sydney against New Zealand. On the 1958 tour of New Zealand he captained Australia before leaving for five years postgraduate study in Scotland and England.
On returning to Australia, he became captain-coach of Wests, manager of Queensland in 1968, and a Queensland selector for four years. Perhaps his most notable post playing achievement was as manager of the all-conquering Wallaby sides of the 1980s, including the 1984 Grand Slam tour and 1986 Bledisloe Cup victory in NZ.
Dan Crowley (1990s)
Dan Crowley debuted for Queensland in 1987 earning over 100 caps for the State during his Rugby career.
Crowley made his first appearance for the Wallabies at age 23 in 1989 in the first match of the British and Irish Lions Test Series. He played for the Wallabies 38 times including the 1991 and 1995 Rugby World Cup Team, and the 1999 Rugby World Cup Squad.
Crowley finished his international career as a double world champion, as his last game was the final against France, which Australia won 35 to 12.
He is now one of the Reds' most capped players with 124 caps for the State. He was also named on the bench of the Wallaby Team of the Decade.
Daniel Herbert (2000s)
Daniel Herbert debuted for Queensland in 1993 amassing a total of 124 caps for the Queensland Reds during his career.
Herbert made his test debut at the age of 20 against Ireland in 1994 going on to win 67 caps for Australia and establishing himself as the world's premier outside centre.
He was a key member of the Australian side that won the 1999 Rugby World Cup and was named in the 'Team of the World Cup 1999' alongside his centre partner, Tim Horan. He was also awarded the coveted 'L'equipe International Player of the Year' in that same year.
In 2001 Herbert was promoted to the role of Queensland Captain and Australian Vice-captain and scored a brace of tries in the third and deciding British and Irish Lions Test that helped the Wallabies to their first ever series victory over the Lions.
Known for his aggressive defence and line-breaking ability Herbert revolutionised the role of a modern day outside centre.
He was a vital part of the 'Golden Era' of Australian Rugby which celebrated a World Cup victory, a British Lions series victory, a Tri-Nations Trophy and five consecutive Bledisloe Cups.
David Codey (1980s)
David Codey made 13 Test match appearances for the Wallabies between 1983 and 1987. He captained the team in a Bledisloe Cup Test, after the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup.
Codey first played for Queensland in 1983, after representing NSW earlier that year. He is believed to be the first and only player to do so.
An aggressive defender, Codey was the first large blindside flanker selected for Australia, in order to combat the bigger flankers traditionally chosen by international opponents. This was a tactic that was one of the factors in Australia’s rise to the top of world Rugby in the 1980s, via the Grand Slam of 1984 and Bledisloe Cup win in 1986.
Codey coached at club and school level for a decade after his retirement, helping to bring through many of Queensland's stars of the 1990s and 2000s.
David Wilson (1990s)
David Wilson first came to prominence in 1985 when he was selected in the 1985 all conquering Australian Schoolboys team as Vice Captain.
After making his debut for Queensland in 1989, Wilson was selected later the same year to tour with the Wallabies to Canada and France but it wasn’t until 1992 when he made his debut with the Wallaby side in the home test against Scotland and was a regular starter in the national side from then on.
David was a vital part of what many consider to be the best Wallaby side of all time throughout those 1998,1999 & 2000 seasons where the team won everything on offer.
Through his career he won every international trophy available to an Australian test player including Bledisloe Cup series wins in 1992, 94, 98, 99 & 2000, the 1999 win as Captain, a Rugby World Cup win in 1999 & finally a Tri Nations series win in 2000.
During his career, Wilson won a total of 105 caps for Queensland and 79 for the Wallabies, captaining the Wallabies on nine occasions.
Des Connor (1950/60s)
One of the finest halfbacks to play for Australia, Des Connor made important contributions to Australian Rugby as a player, coach and selector. Ranking high among the game’s strategists, he provided all countries with an interesting innovation when he invented the short lineout.
Tipped to become an international while still at school at Marist College Ashgrove, Connor debuted for Queensland in 1954 and became a regular in the side until 1959, when he moved to New Zealand. Des Connor first represented Australia in 1958 on the Wallaby tour of Britain and France, before going on to earn a total of 24 international caps for both Australia and New Zealand.
Connor then played for Australia against the British Lions in 1959, before moving to New Zealand to accept a job at Auckland’s Takapuna Grammar School. He then played for the All Blacks from 1961 to 1965, earning the unique honour of captaining both the Wallabies and All Blacks.
On his return to Australia in 1967, Connor coached his old Brisbane club Brothers to a premiership before being appointed Australian coach in 1968 for the tests against New Zealand.
In order to combat the dominant New Zealand forward, Connor innovated with the short line-out, a tactic that is now commonplace in Rugby, and could be his most important contribution to the game in playing and coaching career unlikely to be seen again.
Doug McLean Snr (1900s)
Doug McLean Snr was a pioneer Australian representative Rugby Union and Rugby League footballer, a dual-code international.
He debuted for Queensland in 1900 and played 21 games for the State between 1900 and 1906.
He captained Queensland in four matches and earned his debut as a centre with the Australian representative team playing Great Britain, in Brisbane in 1904.
In 1905 McLean toured New Zealand with the Australian Team, scoring five tries.
Eddie Bonis (1920s)
Eddie Bonis played a major role in the revival of the Queensland Rugby Union in 1929 after a 15-year recess following World War I.
He played all of his representative Rugby career as a hooker, appearing in 43 inter-State matches and 21 Tests.
His value to Australian teams was most apparent on long tours, when his strength and enthusiasm remained unabated for weeks on end.
Bonis’ Rugby career for Queensland lasted 16 years after he made his debut in 1929. The peak of his career was when he led Queensland to a 19-14 win against NSW in the first inter-State match after World War II, scoring a try.
Eddie Thompson (1920s)
Eddie Thompson was a rugged prop-forward who played a major role in the revival of Queensland Rugby in 1929, and was in one of Australia’s best teams.
He was made vice-captain of Queensland in 1929 for his first inter-State match against NSW. He later captained his state also.
Although in his first season of representative Rugby, Thompson played for Australia in all three Tests in 1929 defeating New Zealand on all three occasions.
Frank Ivory (1880/1890s)
Frank Ivory was the first Indigenous Rugby player to represent Queensland when he debuted against New South Wales at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground on September 2, 1883. The Frank Ivory Medal is awarded to the best player in the Reds’ Indigenous Match each year.
Ivory was born in 1871 in Maryborough to Scottish landowner Francis Ivory, and an unnamed Aboriginal mother. It is historically understood that Francis and his brother Alexander brought the game of Golf to Queensland at this time.
As captain of Maryborough against Brisbane in 1893, Frank caught the attention of selectors and played in the first state side under the newly named Queensland Rugby Union. He played also in the following year. It appears that for some of his life he resided in Scotland, and returned to Queensland later in life dying in 1957 in Mt Perry.
Matches Played for Queensland:
- 2nd Sept 1893 Centre Three-quarter v New South Wales, Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Won 11 - 6
- 21st July 1894 Wing Three-quarter v New South Wales, Sydney Cricket Ground,
Lost 3 - 4
- 28th July 1894 Full Back v New South Wales, Sydney Cricket Ground,
Lost 12 - 20
Frank Nicholson (1900s)
Frank Nicholson, was a prop who played thirteen times for Queensland between 1900 and 1904, with twelve of these matches played against New South Wales. His Rugby career was interrupted by the Boer War effort.
He appeared for Queensland against the touring New Zealanders in Brisbane in August 1903 and two weeks later made his international debut against the same tourists in Sydney, on 15 August 1903.
In 1904 he captained Queensland in the inter-state series and played alongside his brother Fred who scored a try in that match. Later that season he had the honour of captaining Australia in a Test match against a touring British Lions side. Australia lost the match 17-0. Nicholson was selected in a 1905 squad that toured New Zealand but he did not play in any matches of the tour.
He left Australia in 1905 going to Philadelphia to study dentistry. Upon his return in 1911 be became a selector and coach of the Queensland state side.
Geoff Shaw (1970s)
Geoff Shaw debuted for Queensland in 1977, following a tour to France with Queensland coach Bob Templeton, after already having a successful Rugby career playing for New South Wales and Australia.
In the years before Shaw joined the Queensland team, he had established himself as one of Australia’s most experienced footballers, playing against all Rugby nations except the newly emerged Argentina.
A wholehearted tackler with great natural anticipation, Shaw made 47 appearances for Queensland and 87 for Australia.
A player who could develop aspiring Queensland youngsters, Shaw became a well-established coach upon retirement.
Harry Scarr (1880/1890s)
Jason Little (1990s)
Jason Little debuted for Queensland in 1989 and went on to win 107 Queensland Caps.
He made his Test debut at the age of 19 against France in 1989 on the Australian tour to Europe. In three quarters of his caps he partnered with Tim Horan, who was also his partner at Souths Rugby in Brisbane in the late 1980s and also for the Queensland Reds.
Together he and Horan composed a fearsome centre partnership for Australia which came to the fore during the Rugby World Cup 1991, won by Australia, and were widely regarded as the best centres in the world through the early 1990s, adding the Bledisloe Cup to their collection in 1992.
Little won 75 caps playing at centre for Australia between 1989 and 2000 captaining the side on one occasion. He also won caps on the wing later in his career.
Jimmy Clark (1930s)
Jimmy Clark made his state representative debut for Queensland against a visiting British side in 1930. He made fifteen appearances for Queensland between 1930 and 1934.
In 1931, he was picked in the national team to tour to New Zealand as vice-captain to Syd Malcolm. He played in seven of the tour's ten matches including two Tests. He captained the side against NZ Maori, a game later awarded Test status, making him an official Wallaby Test captain.
At the end of his Rugby career, Clark had appeared in a total five Tests for Australia.
Jimmy Flynn (1910s)
Jimmy Flynn was a state and national representative centre and half-back who began his Rugby career for Queensland in 1912, at the age of 17. He was selected to represent the State after making a big impression for his club team in the first grade Rugby competition in Brisbane.
His potential at such a young age excited selectors and Flynn was selected in the Wallabies squad for the 1912 Australia rugby union tour of Canada and the USA.
His Test debut was made in 1914 when he played in both fixtures against the touring All Blacks. In the second Test on 1 August, 1914 he had the honour of captaining the Wallaby side becoming Australia’s youngest-ever Rugby captain at 20 years of age. His record still stands as the youngest man to do so.
The Great War interrupted Flynn's career as rugby in Australia effectively ceased in that time. Although Rugby was in a state of demise in Queensland until 1929, Flynn had a hand in its rebirth as a Queensland and national selector in 1929 and 1930.
John Connolly (Coach)
John Connolly’s first major coaching position was with the Brothers club in Brisbane in 1983, taking out the 1987 Hospital Cup after losing the 1986 decider to Souths.
Subsequent roles came to him as he was appointed as the Under 19s and Under 21s Queensland coach. In 1989, Connolly took over from the legendary Bob Templeton as the coach of the Queensland Reds. During his time with Queensland, the side won the Super Six in 1992 and the Super 10 Championship in 1994 and 1995, as well as dominating NSW at interstate level.
With the inception of the Super 12 competition in Australia in 1996, Connolly continued his position at the Queensland Reds. The Reds won the minor premiership that year, and Connolly went on to win the Super 12 Coach of the Year award in both 1998 and 1999, the Reds also winning the minor premiership in 1999.
Over his twelve years in charge of the Reds, Connolly amassed a winning record unsurpassed by any other.
In 2006 Connolly was appointed as coach of the Australian team, after controversially unsuccessful bids for the role in the 1990s, where in his first Test Australia defeated England in the first of two games in Australia.
John Eales (1990/2000s)
John Eales’ standing as an iconic Queensland and Australian Rugby player and respected administrator has stemmed from his services to the sport as a fine captain and later as an Australian Rugby Union Board Member.
In 1999, Eales was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to Rugby and in the community after a decorated career which included success for the Queensland Reds in winning the 1992 Super Six, then 1994 and 1995 Super 10 competitions. He played for Australia on 86 occasions (55 as captain) winning the Rugby World Cup in 1991, and as captain in 1999.
Regarded as one of Queensland and Australia’s finest ever players and second-rowers, Eales proudly represented Queensland from 1990-2001 and the Wallabies from 1991-2001, captaining Australia from 1996 onwards. He retired by leading the Wallabies to the Bledisloe Cup in 2001, having just led the country to its first win against the British and Irish Lions 2-1.
Upon retirement, Eales had guided the Wallabies to every available piece of silverware Australia could win in the international arena, and in his post-playing career used his leadership abilities and knowledge as a delegate to several national and international sporting committees while also being involved in numerous charitable ventures.
Jules Guerassimoff (1960s)
Jules Guerassimoff was a colourful Queensland loose forward who played first grade club Rugby for 20 years, winning a number of premierships with the University club. At his best in the 1960’s, Guerassimoff was possibly the most devastating tackler in world Rugby, and one of the best flankers Australia has produced.
Jules Guerassimoff started his record sequence of 74 games for Queensland in 1962, and debuted for Australia on the South African tour of 1963.
A relentless, dynamic and punishing tackler, who used all his weight to bury halfbacks with fair, copybook tackles, only the most stout-hearted were chosen to play against him.
Ken Donald (1960s)
Ken Donald was an exciting winger who used his pace to set point-scoring records in the Brisbane club football and score exciting tries for Queensland and Australia.
Donald played for Queensland from 1957 until 1961 and in 1959 scored a record 235 points for University in club football.
His international career began with a Test against New Zealand in 1957 and he was a part of the touring Wallaby team to Britain, France and North America in 1957-58 where he scored a total of 11 tries on the tour.
Donald retired at 25, but returned nine seasons later to win back his place in the Queensland team, an effort ranking among the most remarkable comebacks in Australia’s Rugby history.
Kevin Hodda (1940s)
Kevin Hodda made his debut for Queensland in 1946. Hodda forced his way into the Australian team in his first season of representative football and was named as the Australian team Hooker on the Wallaby tour of New Zealand in 1946.
Suffering a knee injury in the first game of the tour he was unable to play again but remained involved in Rugby in Queensland as an administrator.
He was treasurer of the Queensland Rugby Union from 1955 to 1966 and was elected a life member of the QRU.
Lloyd McDermott (1960s)
Lloyd McDermott was by no means an ordinary Rugby Union player. He was the first Aboriginal player to represent his country. Pride was close to, if not the most, admirable characteristic of McDermott as a player.
He joined the University Rugby Club after completing school and played there for five years while completing his Law degree. In 1962, McDermott debuted for Queensland.
In 1962, he was selected as a winger for the Wallabies, making his pride in his Aboriginal background clear to everyone in Australia by opting not to play as an ‘honorary white’ on the South African tour.
Lloyd McDermott was a man of iconic strength and is also noted as the first Aboriginal barrister.
Lloyd’s personal achievements serve as an inspiration to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia. The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team was established with the goal of introducing Rugby Union to young Indigenous men and women across Australia in hopes of coupling athletics with academics.
It is named in his honour as Lloyd McDermott is evidence that a balance between your sporting pursuits and education can be achieved.
Alonzo “Lonnie” Spragg (1900s)
Alonzo “Lonnie” Spragg was a brilliant, polished winger or centre-three-quarter, acknowledged as one of the finest players in the early years of Australian Rugby.
He played for the Wallaroo Club and five times for NSW in 1898 and 1899, and then joined Brisbane City and Norths Clubs.
From the moment he entered the Queensland team in 1900, Spragg by sheer merit and brilliant endeavour was recognised as a goal-kicker.
When the 1899 Australian team to play the British Isles side was being selected, Spragg’s name was the first decided upon.
That said, he made his Test debut against the British Isles, in Sydney, on 24 June 1899, the inaugural Rugby Test match played by an Australian national representative side.
Dying tragically at the young age of 24, Spragg was remembered as possessing rare gifts, denoting a special aptitude for the game. He had a splendid kick, either place or drop and was eager and capable on defence.
Mark Loane (1970/80s)
Mark Loane was the messianic leader of Queensland Rugby’s revival in the 1970’s, as he captained a Queensland side that rose to the top of provincial Rugby, and then led a Wallabies side that captured the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in 40 years.
Under his leadership both Queensland and Australia increased their standing within the sport, his efforts on a personal level also recognised with selection in numerous World XV’s throughout his career. He played for Natal in 1980, and was selected in South African Barbarians and Junior Springboks sides, before turning his back on the opportunity to play for the Springboks to return and captain Queensland in the 1982 Centenary Year, as well as to finish his Wallaby career in 1982.
His talent and electric personality saw Loane be described as a “folk hero to the Ballymore faithful”, during one of the more decorated playing careers enjoyed by a Queensland sportsperson.
Loane’s renown stretched far beyond his ability as a player, as he is a renowned ophthalmic surgeon. In 2011, Loane was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology, particularly to the indigenous communities of Northern Queensland and as a contributor to the development of sustainable health services throughout the country.
Michael Lynagh (1980/90s)
Michael Lynagh debuted for Queensland in 1982, immediately upon leaving school and before playing first grade, before scoring 1166 points for Queensland in 100 games for his State.
Lynagh made his debut for Australia against Fiji in Suva in 1984, aged 20. Early in his career he played at inside centre however when Mark Ella retired Lynagh took over as the Australian fly-half. He was the on field leader for the Golden Era of Queensland and Australian teams in the early 1990s.
Retiring at the advent of professionalism from a glittering 12-year international career with Queensland and Australia, Lynagh finished his career as the world record Test points scorer with 911 points, with successes such as the 1984 Grand Slam, Bledisloe Cups, and 1991 Rugby World Cup win, along with Super 6 and Super 10 wins with Queensland.
Whenever Rugby greatest fly halves and goal kickers are mentioned, the name of Michael Lynagh is always one of the first spoken.
Neil Betts (1950s)
Neil Betts was a broad-shouldered, bull-necked Brisbane prop-forward who overcame strong opposition to play for Australia in three Tests. He gave Australian Rugby staunch service, and between 1948 and 1956, played a then record of 46 games for Queensland.
Debuting for the State in 1948 he was made captain of the side in 1954.
Betts won selection in the Australian team in 1951 when he went into the front row with fellow Queenslander Nev Cotterell.
In 1969 Betts was made a life member of the Queensland Rugby Union after he had been President of Souths Rugby Club for 11 years.
Nev Cottrell Snr (1950s)
Nev Cottrell Snr was a skilful scrummager and determined tackler who debuted for Queensland in 1946 where he played for nine years.
Selection into the Australian team was not easy for Queenslanders at this time, however Cottrell’s skill ensured he was usually one of the first Test players picked.
Cottrell was made captain of Australia in 1950 against the British Isles.
Retiring from Rugby in 1955 for business reasons, Nev is remembered to have played like a runaway train and was one of the best hookers to represent his country.
Paul McLean (1970/80s)
Paul McLean was arguably one of Australian Rugby’s greatest point scorer. He is a Rugby player who is revered in Queensland as much for his gentle, almost poetic manner as for his achievements.
His talent helped turn Rugby in Queensland from a minor sport to one of the State’s major crowd-pullers. McLean joined the Queensland team in 1973 and for the decade following crowds increased by more than 100,000 a season.
From the time he joined Queensland, along with players such as Mark Loane and Tony Shaw, Queensland started beating NSW by unprecedented margins, recording scores such as 42-4 and 48-10.
With McLean directing play, Queensland also defeated an impressive list of touring teams, including the mighty All Blacks in 1980 and Scotland in 1982.
McLean scored exactly 1000 points for Queensland, reaching this amazing mark in his 100th and final match for the State in the last game of Queensland’s centenary year.
McLean began his Test career with 16 points from three games against New Zealand in 1974 and ended with the 1982 test against Scotland where he scored a total of 21 points from penalty goals and conversions.
Peter Slattery (1990s)
A product of Brisbane State High School, Peter Slattery debuted for Queensland in 1985 and went on to win 109 caps for his state. He captained the Reds to famous victories in three of the first four Super Rugby competitions, as the leader of what many consider the best Queensland side of all time.
An extremely skilful, fast and tenacious scrum half, Slattery also won numerous Hospital Cups with the Wests and University clubs.
Slattery debuted for Australia in 1990 earning 17 Test caps. During the 1991 Rugby World Cup win, he was the starting scrum-half for most of Australia’s games, as captain Nick Farr-Jones recovered from injury.
A popular player on and off the field, Slattery has remained involved in the game as a coach and administrator, as well as some media duties.
Phil Carmichael (1900s)
Queensland and Australian Rugby's first match-winning goal-kicker, Phil Carmichael represented Queensland and Australia with distinction at fullback, in the early years of this century. Regarded as one of his generation's greatest Rugby players, Carmichael’s goal-kicking helped establish an international reputation for Australia.
Carmichael first represented Queensland at the age of 20 in 1903, and continued on until he was 26, playing 28 games for the State, captaining the side on five occasions.
Debuting for Australia in 1904 against the touring British team, Carmichael enjoyed a very successful international Rugby career. In the first Wallaby tour in 1908, which included a Gold Medal at the London Olympics, Carmichael headed the scoring with 118 points from goals.
A sure tackler and an excellent handler, who specialised in the high punt ahead, Carmichael won premierships at club level with Valleys, and was voted “Brisbane’s Most Popular Player”, a forerunner to the Rothmans and Evans medals, upon retirement.
Rod McCall (1990s)
From St Columban’s College and the famous Brothers club, Rod McCall made his debut for Queensland in 1986, where he would go on to win 107 caps for his state. A tight forward and lineout leader of the highest quality, McCall was a permanent fixture and a captain during possibly Queensland Rugby’s finest period.
Having first toured with the Wallabies in NZ in 1986, McCall made his Test debut for Australia in 1989, on tour against France. He played a total of 40 times for Australia from 1989 to 1995, including winning the 1991 Rugby World Cup and 1992 Bledisloe Cup series.
He played in the Reds' first ever professional game in the Super 12 of 1996 against the Otago Highlanders on 3 March, during his final season as a player. McCall acted as a players representative during the game’s change to professionalism, and continued this interest in the game through roles on the ARU and RUPA Boards. In 2009, he joined QRU as Chairman and has been instrumental in the return of Queensland Rugby to the top the tables both on and off the field.
Stan Pilecki (1970s)
Stan Pilecki debuted for Queensland in 1970, after his family emigrated to Australia from Poland in 1950. He was schooled at Marist College Rosalie, and the first Old boy to play for the Wallabies, and is a stalwart of the Wests club.
A tough character on the field, and a charismatic one off of it, Pilecki set a number of records during his career, becoming the first player to play 100 matches for Queensland in 1982, eventually winning 122 caps in total. He was the first player of Polish descent to play for Australia when he made his debut for the Wallabies in 1978 against.
A tough prop forward, a loyal player who’s attitude to the game and his team has earned him the honour of having the Queensland Reds Pilecki Medal named in his honour.
Tim Horan (1990s)
Horan won 119 caps for Queensland, 80 caps for Australia and scored 30 international tries in a glittering 11-year career that included two Rugby World Cup victories in 1991 and 1999.
He formed memorable partnerships with Jason Little and later Daniel Herbert for both Queensland and Australia and with his superb all-round game carved out a reputation as one of the greatest centers to have played the game.
He made his international debut against New Zealand in 1989 before debuting for Queensland in 1990 against Western Samoa. Horan was an integral part of the 1991 Rugby World Cup winning team where he scored four tries as the Wallabies secured the game's biggest prize for the first time.
He battled back from a career-threatening knee injury in 1994 that sidelined him for a year to make his second Rugby World Cup appearance in 1995. But it was at the 1999 event that he arguably reached his peak, including an unforgettable battle against illness and the Springboks in the semi final. His stand-out performances saw him named the Player of the Tournament.
He remains a servant to Queensland Rugby through his off field work with players, and media duties.
Tom Lawton Jnr (1980s)
With rich traditions of Rugby in his family, Tom Lawton Jnr was destined for a career in representative Rugby. He played in the Australian Schoolboys’ team in 1980, and Queensland Under 21 in 1982, before debuting for Queensland in 1984. This was not before Lawton debuted for Australia in 1983 in France.
The prototype for the modern hooker, the 120kg Lawton was indisputably the world’s best in this position during the Wallabies reign during the 1980s, most notably leading the Australian scrum to its epochal pushover try against Wales at the Arms Park during the 1984 Grand Slam tour. He was ever present as Australia continued on its winning ways in NZ in 1986, and he played in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, and played his final test against the 1989 British & Irish Lions. He achieved renown in South Africa after playing for a World XV against the Centenary Springboks, then staying on to help Natal to their first Currie Cup in a 100 year history.
Along with his legendary grandfather Tom Snr, and his Wallaby brother Rob, Lawton forms one of the great Queensland Rugby families.
Tom Lawton Snr (1920/30s)
Tom Lawton Snr enjoyed a decorated playing career having captained Queensland, New South Wales and Australia over the space of 12 years – and was the first of three members of the Lawton family to represent both state and country in Rugby, with grandsons Tom and Rob also completing the feat.
Lawton Snr was an influential figure in leading the renaissance of Queensland and Australian Rugby after the World War I, where he served in The Great War with distinction. Following his impeccable service, he completed his medical studies at the University of Queensland, and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
During this period his sporting abilities flourished as he represented Oxford in athletics, swimming and water polo, also earning selection for the Barbarians during his sojourn in Britain.
Upon his return, Lawton Snr led the first Queensland sides after its revival in 1928, and immediately took his place in the Wallabies again, leading Australia to a historic 3-0 whitewash of the All Blacks in 1929.
Tom Richards (1900/10s)
Tom Richards is known as one of the most colourful Rugby players the world has known. An adventurer, Richards played in representative teams in Australia, South Africa, Britain, America and France, gathering an unrivalled collection of honour caps.
Debuting for Queensland in 1908, he is rated among the greatest loose forwards Rugby has seen. He had extraordinary strength and a mastery of Rugby skills and tactics, which delighted fans throughout the world. He was both a thrilling individualists and superb team player.
Richards was the only player to ever play for both Australia and the British Lions. The Tom Richards Trophy, contested for between the Wallabies and the British and Irish Lions, is named in his honour.
In 2005 he was honoured as one of the inaugural five inductees into the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame.
In 1908, The Times described him as “the first man to be picked for Earth if we were ever to play Mars!"
Tom Welsby (1883-1939)
To many the father of Queensland Rugby, Tom Welsby debuted for Queensland in August of 1882 in Sydney when he was manager and halfback for Queensland's first inter-colonial Rugby Union Team.
Welsby played an integral role in the formation of the Queensland Rugby Union. In November of 1883 he was elected as the first Treasurer and Secretary of the Northern Rugby Union, which would ultimately become the Queensland Rugby Union.
Welsby helped to revive the code in 1928, the same year he was appointed a life member of the Queensland Rugby Union before becoming president in 1929 until 1939. In addition to his half a century as a servant of Queensland Rugby, Welsby was a renowned philanthropist, author and politician. He donated the Welsby Cup, which is still contested for today in the Brisbane Premier Grade competition.
Tony Shaw (1970/80s)
Tony Shaw was an inspiring Rugby player and leader, noted for his vigorous rucking and mauling and an unexcelled exponent of the short line-out, continually hoodwinking taller rivals.
Debuting for Queensland in 1973, Shaw built a formidable representative record including 112 games for his State, 36 international games, captaining the Wallabies on 15 occasions. He led his country to its first series win against the All Blacks in forty one years in 1980.
Shaw debuted for the Wallabies in 1973 at the end of his first season in the Queensland team, when he was the youngest player selected for the short tour of Wales and England.
Tony Shaw was a fierce competitor renowned for his uncompromising approach to the game. A member of the so-called Queensland “holy trinity” in the 1970’s, Shaw was a feared and respected opponent.
His service to Queensland Rugby continues as the current President of QRU.
Vayro Wilson (1930s)
Vayro Wilson was popular, companionable and a keen student of Rugby tactics who was an automatic choice for the Queensland team from 1935 to 1939.
Wilson made his Test debut as a second-rower in the two-match series against South Africa in 1937. The following year selectors opted for a new look team to play the three Tests against New Zealand and brought Wilson in as captain.
Wilson remained captain for the Wallabies tour of England in 1939, only to arrive the day before World War II broke out.
Wilson returned to Australia when the war broke out but returned to England for the war effort. He died at sea when returning to Australia in 1962, aged 50.
Anselm “Voy” Oxenham (1900s)
Voy Oxenham debuted for Queensland in 1904. He captained Queensland in seven of his 21 appearances for the State.
Oxenham claimed a total of 2 international Rugby caps for Australia with his debut game against Great Britain, in Brisbane, on 23 July 1904.
He was one of three Oxenhams to play for Queensland, but was the only member of the family to go on and play for Australia.