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Darren Lockyer

Fullback, Five-eighth

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Brisbane, QLD
Date of Birth:
24 March 1977
Nickname:
Locky
Debut Team:
Brisbane Broncos
Opposition:
Parramatta Eels
Date:
25 June 1995
Venue:
Parramatta Stadium, Sydney
Representative:
Queensland, Australia
Club:
Brisbane Broncos

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1997-98, 2000 and 2006
  • Kangaroo Tours: 2001, 2003
  • Australian captain: 38 Tests
  • Clive Churchill Medal: 2000
  • Golden Boot award: 2003, 2006
  • Harry Sunderland Medal: 2008
  • Wally Lewis Medal: 2006
  • Dally M Fullback of the Year: 1998, 2001-02
  • Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year 2004, 2006-07
  • Queensland Team of the Century: 2008
  • Named in NRL Team of the 1990s: 2003
First Class Games
472
Points
1597
Tries
174

Biography

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.

"He should be celebrated for the way he has played the game for so long, and at such an extraordinarily high level."

Author Neil Cadigan Greats of Origin

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Brisbane Broncos Premiership 1995 2011 355 122 341 20 1,190
Brisbane Broncos World Club Challenge
2001
2007
2001
2007
2 - - - -
Brisbane Broncos Super League World Club Challenge 1997 1997 9 4 35 - 86

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Queensland Super League Tri-Series New South Wales 1997 1997 2 - 1 - 3
Queensland State of Origin New South Wales 1998 2011 36 9 22 2 82

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests and World Cup 1998 2011 59 35 32 2 206
Australia Super League Tests 1997 1997 4 2 2 1 13
Australia Tour matches 2003 2004 3 2 5 - 18

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
NRL All Stars Indigenous All Stars 2010 2011 2 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members