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Encyclopedia > Steve Roach (rugby league footballer)

Steve Roach (born April 24, 1962, Sydney, Australia), known as "Blocker" to fans, was an Australian rugby league prop forward of the 1980s and early 1990s. Known for his aggressive approach and powerful running close to the rucks, Roach was at his peak probably the number one prop in world rugby league, but he was also notorious for frequent controversial behaviour on the field, which went so far as to made state and national selectors wary of him. April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and since its opening it has become an international symbol of Sydney Sydney (pronounced ) is the state capital of New South Wales, located on the east coast of Australia. ... Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. ... A rugby league team consists of thirteen players plus four substitutes. ...


Though he was born in Sydney, Steve Roach played his early rugby league for Woollongong Wests and was only signed by Balmain in 1982. He quickly advanced to first grade and was by 1983, when Balmain made the semi-finals for the first time since 1977, mentioned as a contender for representative honours, which first came his way in 1984. By this time, his tremendously solid and stocky build (he was only 178cm or 5 feet 10 tall but had some of the largest hands of any player in the game) made him a bull-like runner up the middle who possessed excellent offloading skills that frequently gave team-mates tries or long breaks. In 1985, Roach played his first Test match against New Zealand and the following year, continued excellent performances for Balmain made him a certainty for the Kangaroo tour, on which he played ten games. Wollongong is an industrial city located on the eastern coast of Australia in the state of New South Wales. ...


1987 was almost completely wiped out for Roach due to a serious knee injury, and though he returned to excellent form in 1988 he was not chosen for any State of Origin games despite New South Wales being whitewashed by Queensland. Then, Roach was cited for a tackle on Penrith's Chris Mortimer and was suspened for four weeks, missing the 1988 finals. Numerous sin-binnings made state selectors unwilling to risk Roach the following year - a decision that almost certainly did not pay off New South Wales were again whitewashed 3 matches to nil. However, his powerful performances, alongside Paul Sironen, Benny Elias and Wayne Pearce in one of the strongest packs in club rugby league, made him a certainty for the New Zealand tour. After returning to Balmain, Roach consistently dominated opposing forwards and, apart from a draw with Manly, Balmain won every match up to the major semi-final. However, after having (luckily) led 12 points to 2 in the Grand Final, Roach was controversially replaced by coach Warren Ryan and Canberra overpowered Balmain with his strikepower gone. Paul Sironen was a prominant second rower for the Balmain Tigers during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Benny Elias (born November 15, 1963, Tripoli, Lebanon) was the leading hooker in rugby league for much of the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Wayne Pearce was captain of the Rugby League Club Balmain Tigers from 1982 - 1990. ...


In 1990, Roach's form for Balmain and New South Wales showed him to be the best prop in the game, but a controversial four-week suspension for touching the referee in a game with Manly added to his reputation as one of the prime "bad boys" of rugby league. He was impressive on the following Kangaroo tour, but in 1991 showed some decline despite his experience being vital to the improvement of a reorganised Balmain side after a shocking start: he lost his Test place and, despite gaining a late call-up for the Papua New Guinea tour, he broke his ankle. This almost ended his career, for in 1992 he never regained his form despite surprisingly (given his poor tribunal record) being not cited for a questionable tackle.


By the end of the 1992 rugby league season Roach had written a controversial autobiography, Doing My Block and had became a commentator with Channel 9, where he was to remain for the rest of his active life in rugby league. After a disagreement with fellow Channel 9 commentators Paul Vautin and Peter Sterling, he was sacked by the network, and was signed by then rugby league broadcaster 2UE, before moving to 2GB along with Ray Hadley and his Continuous Call Team. He has recently reappeared on television, appearing on the Seven Network's Sportsworld. An autobiography (from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write) is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ... The Nine Network is an Australian television network, available in major markets across Australia. ... Paul Fatty Vautin(born July 24, 1959), is a former Australian Rugby League player and more famously, a media personality. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 2UE is a commercial radio station in Sydney, Australia. ... 2GB is a commercial radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting on 873 kHz, AM. Some of the personalites on 2GB are: Alan Jones, Ray Hadley, Brian Wilshire. ... Ray Hadley, OAM (born 27 September 1954) is an Australian radio presenter. ... The Continuous Call Team is an Australian radio sports program, covering the news and live games of the National Rugby League. ... The Seven Network (ASX: SEV) is Australias largest television network, owning the most free to air channel in Australia. ... Sportsworld with Johanna Griggs and Matthew White . Sportsworld is an Australian Sunday morning sports information program shown on Seven Network. ...


External links

  • Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen; The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players (3rd edition); published 1998 by Gary Allen Pty. Ltd.; 9 Cooper Street, Smithfield, New South Wales, 2164.
  • Roach, Steve with Ray Chesterton; Doing My Block; published 1992 by ironbark Press.

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