57. Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher was a front-rower of rare quality who toured twice with the Kangaroos, in 1963–64 and 1967–68.

A stalwart of the Brisbane Brothers club, Gallagher led Australia to a crucial victory in the second Test of the 1967 Ashes series after injuries ruled out tour captain Reg Gasnier and vice-captain Johnny Raper. He played in all six Tests on that 1967–68 tour.

Gallagher first represented Queensland in 1962, as a second-rower. He made his Test debut in the following season as a prop, appearing in all five domestic Tests, against New Zealand and South Africa.

Despite suffering a knee injury he also led the national team in three Tests on the end-of-season Kangaroo tour.

A tough man in an extremely tough eral, Gallagher played his entire club career with Brothers, rejecting some lucrative offers from Sydney clubs, and later became a radio commentator and newspaper columnist.

In 1988, he joined with fellow internationals John Sattler and Bob Hagan to back the Gold Coast's entry into the NSWRL premiership.

Position: Prop.

Club: Brisbane Brothers 1957–67.

Club landmarks: Won Brisbane premierships with Brothers 1958, 1967.

Games for Queensland: 16 (1962–67).

Tests for Australia: 17 (1963–68) — one as captain.

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1963–64, 1967–68.