Shane Webcke shared his rugby league journey earlier this year in a special interview feature – from a rugged young kid with no desire to be a professional player, to becoming one of the all-time great front-rowers and a Broncos, Maroons and Kangaroos icon in a marvellous 12-season career.
Webcke played 25 Tests for Australia and 21 consecutive Origins for Queensland (including one as captain) from 1998 to 2004, while he shared in four premiership triumphs with Brisbane.
He enjoyed one of the most memorable – and deserving – farewells in the code’s history, retiring after the Broncos’ epic 15-8 upset of runaway minor premiers Melbourne in the 2006 grand final.
Webcke was renowned for his enormous motor, bullish charges, punishing defence and unrivalled ability to play through pain, famously returning just five weeks after breaking his arm to star in Brisbane’s preliminary final and subsequent grand final victories in 2000. In another act of finals heroism four years later, Webcke underwent an arthroscopy on a recurring knee injury but remarkably returned the following weekend to play in a sudden-death semi against North Queensland.
But more than a decade in the front-row trenches may not have done his long-term memory any favours. Recalling his favourite memory on the hallowed Suncorp Stadium, Webcke vividly describes his only Origin try in 2002, an unforgettable bulldozing effort…which he actually scored in the decider at Sydney’s Stadium Australia.
Relive the inspiring story of one of the NRL’s greatest-ever players, and a genuine ornament to the game.