100. Darren Lockyer

Darren Lockyer is a Roma product, who was discovered by the Broncos' super talent scout Cyril Connell.

Like most true champions, Lockyer stood out from an early age — a product of the Queensland under-age teams, he played first grade at the Broncos in 1995 as an 18-year-old five-eighth.

His exceptional skills marked him as something special. He had great hands, could both punt and place-kick, was sure under the high ball, was deceptively fast with an ability to go up a gear as he went for an opening, and he could tackle.

Perhaps 2003 was Lockyer's most sensational year, as he won the player-of-the year award at the Broncos and led the Kangaroos, only the fourth Queenslanders to do so, after Tom Gorman, Wally Lewis and Mal Meninga.

One of the features of his play was his ability to rise to the occasion. He won the Clive Churchill Medal in 2000, and in 2006 led the Broncos to the premiership, Queensland to an Origin series, and Australia to victory in the Tri-Nations tournament.

The all-round nature of Lockyer's game was seen in 2004, when he moved from fullback, where he played most of his football during the previous seven seasons, to five-eighth, and handled the switch with aplomb.

Position: Fullback/Five-eighth.

Club: Brisbane Broncos 1995–2011.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with Brisbane 1997–98, 2000, 2006 (captain); Holds Brisbane club record for most appearances (275); most points (1134) and most points in a season (272).

Games for Queensland: 38 (1997–2011; includes 36 State of Origins 1998–2011).

Tests for Australia: 59 (1998–2007).

World Cup matches: Five (2000).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 2001, 2003 (captain); World Cup 2000; Tri-Nations tours 2004–05 (captain).