Shane Webcke (born 28 September 1974) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer, who spent his entire club career playing for the Brisbane Broncos. Webcke represented Queensland in the State of Origin 21 times and also captained the side. He made 26 test appearances for Australia. His position was prop forward and at his peak he was renowned as the best front rower in the world. Alongside Glenn Lazarus and Arthur Beetson, Webcke is considered by many to have been one of the finest post-war front-rowers to play the game.
Webcke training with the Broncos in 2006
|Born||28 September 1974|
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||112 kg (17 st 9 lb; 247 lb)|
Webcke was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, of German and Scottish descent. Originally from Leyburn, Queensland and having played for Toowoomba, Webcke was scouted by Wayne Bennett, whom he acknowledges as the greatest influence on his career, after seeing him play as a schoolboy in 1993. The following year Webcke's father was killed in a work accident when he was still 19 years of age.
Webcke made his debut for the Broncos in the 1995 ARL season. Within two seasons he had his first premiership ring, when he helped Brisbane to victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the 1997 Super League season's grand final.
Webcke made his first appearance for the Queensland Maroons in the first game of the 1998 State of Origin series and was named man of the match in the third and deciding game that year. From his debut until his retirement from representative football following Game III in 2004, no other player wore the number 8 for Queensland.
In 2000 Webcke broke his arm during the finals series that season but went on to play for the Broncos in their grand final victory over the Sydney Roosters. Post-season he was a member of the Australian team that won the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. Webcke was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league. Following Australia's World Cup victory, Webcke and teammate Gorden Tallis wrote an open letter to players appealing for an end to scandalous behaviour amongst footballers which had been tarnishing the sport.
Having won the 2000 NRL Premiership, the Broncos travelled to England to play against 2000's Super League V Champions, St. Helens for the 2001 World Club Challenge, with Webcke playing at prop forward in Brisbane's loss.
Webcke won the Broncos' best player award for the 2001 season. Post-season he refused to tour with the Kangaroos in the wake of the 11 September attacks. At the end of the 2003 NRL season, he went on the 2003 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, helping Australia to victory over Great Britain the last time rugby league's Ashes series was contested. Webcke was selected in the Australian team to compete in the 2004 Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Great Britain he played in the Kangaroos' 44–4 victory. Webcke again won the Paul Morgan Medal for the Broncos' best and fairest player for the 2005 season.
Webcke announced on 26 April 2006 that he would retire at the end of the 2006 NRL season. Webcke's final game was the Broncos' victory in the 2006 grand final against the Melbourne Storm, days after his 32nd birthday.
Post-football, Webcke went on to release his successful auto-biography, Warhorse and also ventured into media with the Seven Network in his hometown of Brisbane, presenting sport on the local Seven News bulletin on Sundays to Thursdays. He also worked on-screen with Matthew Johns in the first and only season of The Matty Johns Show.
Webcke's pub at Leyburn, Queensland – the Royal Hotel – is the longest, continuously licensed premises in Queensland. Webcke was set to become the first player to give the annual Tom Brock Lecture when he was invited to do so in 2007, but this did not eventuate.
In 2007 at the Broncos' 20-year anniversary celebration, the club announced a list of the 20 best players to play for them to date which included Webcke.
A few months later the Brisbane Broncos appointed Shane Webcke, along with Allan Langer as full-time assistant coaches to work alongside new head coach Ivan Henjak from the 2009 season. However shortly after the start of the season Webcke quit his post in the wake of controversy surrounding the release of his new book in which he was openly critical of the Broncos administration not standing down star players Darius Boyd, Sam Thaiday and Karmichael Hunt when police were investigating sexual assault allegations against them in September 2008. He went on to state that he was 'filthy' about the state of affairs at the Broncos. He also wrote that Andrew Johns should never have been included in the Australian rugby league team of the century after his confessions of illicit drug use during his career.
Dally M Prop Of The Year: 2000, 2001, 2002
Ron McAuliffe Medal: 2002
Rugby League Week Player of the Year: 2001
Named in NRL Team of the 1990s: 2003
Playing career highlightsEdit
- Junior Club: Wattles Allora/Clifton
- First Grade Debut: Round 10, Brisbane v. Norths at North Sydney, 19 May 1995 won
- First Grade Premierships: 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2006 with Brisbane Broncos
- Career Stats: 254 career appearances with 18 tries
- State of Origin: 21 games for Queensland between 1998 and 2004
- International: 26 tests for Australia
- "Vella warns of Webcke power"[dead link] AAP Sports News (Australia); 17 August 2000
- Rugby League Project
- Menzies, Steve; Tasker, Norman (2008). Beaver: The Steve Menzies Story. Australia: Allen & Unwin. p. 159. ISBN 9781741755602.
- Jackson, Glenn (2 October 2006). "Webcke top of the props". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
- Ritchie, Dean (2 October 2006). "Webcke fairytale". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
- "Shane Webcke". Yahoo!7. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- Heming, Wayne (23 September 2009). "Kenny deserves his success, says Webcke". theage.com.au. Fairfax digital. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- Peter Badel & Steve Mascord (1 October 2006). "This one dedicated to Bennett". The Sunday Telegraph. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- Magnay, Jacquelin (2 October 2009). "Bring on the 4x2 – and those grand final hits". The Sydney Morning Herald. LeagueHQ. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- Mercer, Phil (25 April 2001). "Australia's game of shame". BBC News. UK: BBC. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
- Hadfield, Dave (11 July 2002). "Violent tone marks build-up to Ashes Test". Independent, The. London: Independent News and Media Limited. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
- Magnay, Jacquelin (2 October 2006). "Lockyer's heroes embrace their victory". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
- Phil Rothfield & Phillip Heads (17 December 2006). "Webcke to speak his mind". The Sunday Telegraph. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- Dekroo, Karl (9 May 2007). "Still the king". The Courier-Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Archived from the original on 12 May 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
- Peter Cassidy (23 February 2008). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
- "Centenary of Rugby League – The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
- Halloran, Jessica (11 April 2009). "Told, Shane: Webcke's honest approach a road less travelled". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- Crawley, Paul; Marshall, Matt; Dick, Barry (25 March 2009). "Now Shane Webcke will publish book he planned to pulp". The Daily Telegraph.
- "Shane Webcke - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
- "Shane Webcke - National Rugby League Hall Of Fame". Hall of Fame. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
- Webcke, Shane; Ian Heads (2006). Warhorse: Life, Football and Other Battles. Australia: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9781405037525.
- Shane Webcke; Damien Richards; Glen Hanna (2007). Icons of Australian sport: Shane Webcke. HyperActive Inc. ISBN 9780980301526.
- Shane Webcke; Ian Heads (2009). Hard road. Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9781405038874.
- Shane Webcke at the Brisbane Broncos official website. (This link no longer works, please see the template page to change.)
- Shane Webcke at the website.
- Queensland representatives at qrl.com.au
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