The rugby league fraternity was rocked this week by news Parramatta, NSW and Australian legend Brett Kenny has been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and will undergo chemotherapy.
Throwback Thursday looks back at some of ‘Bert’s’ shimmering highlights from an incredible career that spanned from 1980-93.
Kenny’s breathtaking natural ability carried him to the loftiest of rugby league’s heights. A graceful ball-runner possessing blinding acceleration and unparalleled anticipation, Kenny was the consummate big-match performer.
The five-eighth scored two tries in each of Parramatta’s 1981-83 grand final victories, and had another two disallowed in the Eels’ triumph in the try-less decider of 1986. Kenny kept vice-captain Wally Lewis out of the Test side on the 1982 Kangaroo Tour, while his instinctive brilliance was utilised at centre for Australia in subsequent seasons.
One of NSW’s finest Origin players, Kenny won eight of the 12 games he directly opposed Lewis at five-eighth, and won the 1985 Golden Boot as world Rugby League’s outstanding individual.
Kenny’s phenomenal strike-rate of snaffling opposition passes garnered the title of the ‘intercept king,’ and he retired in 1993 with then-club record totals of 265 games and 110 tries.
BRETT KENNY CAREER OVERVIEW
Parramatta (1980-93): 265 games – 110 tries (440 points).
New South Wales (1982-87): 17 Origins – 2 tries (8 points).
Australia (1982-87): 17 Tests – 10 tries (36 points).