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Encyclopedia > Wally Lewis
Captain of the Australia national rugby league football team
Captain of the Australia national rugby league football team

Wally Lewis (born December 1, 1959 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is a former rugby league footballer who was one of the most pre-eminent players of the 1980s. Lewis is perhaps best known for his State of Origin performances, spearheading Queensland's dominance in that competition throughout the 80s. He has a record 8 man of the match awards in Origin football. In 1993 and 1994 he also coached Queensland's State of Origin team. "King Lewis" has since been inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame and in 1999 He became the 6th member of 'The Immortals'. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Wally_Lewis. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brisbane (pronounced ) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, and is the third largest city in Australia, with a metropolitan population of 1. ... Emblems: Faunal - Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus); Floral - Cooktown orchid (Dendrobium bigibbum); Bird - Brolga (Grus rubicunda); Aquatic - Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos); Gem - Sapphire; Colour - Maroon Motto: Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Const. ... Rugby league is a team sport played by two teams of 17 players, with 13 on the field at any one time and 4 on the bench (reserves). ... The Rugby League State of Origin is an annual series of three interstate rugby league matches between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. ... The Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at rugby league, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game whom are Australian. ...


Nicknamed The King and also The Emperor of Lang Park, he represented Queensland in 31 games from 1980 to 1991 and was captain from 1981 to 1991. He also represented Australia in 33 international matches from 1981 to 1991 and was national team captain from 1984 to 1989. Wally played for English First Division side Wakefield Trinity for a short spell in 1983/84 and is still considered a hero in West Yorkshire today. Emblems: Faunal - Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus); Floral - Cooktown orchid (Dendrobium bigibbum); Bird - Brolga (Grus rubicunda); Aquatic - Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos); Gem - Sapphire; Colour - Maroon Motto: Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Const. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In his school days, Wally Lewis played representantive rugby union. After switching to league, several rugby league clubs attempted to lure him to Sydney during the 1980s but he signed with the Brisbane Broncos as captain of the side on their inception in 1988. Injuries and disputes during his time with the Broncos saw him go to the Gold Coast Seagulls in 1991. He played both his last test match and his last State of Origin match in 1991. He captained and coached Gold Coast for two seasons in the 1990s. Lewis also coached the State of Origin side but never won a series. A rugby union scrum. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... The Brisbane Broncos are a professional rugby league football team that are Brisbane based in Queensland, Australia. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gold Coast are a rugby league team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1988-1997, and the NRL in 1998. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Lewis is remembered for his creative, playmaking football and great confrontations during State of Origin, particularly with Mark Geyer. A bronze statue of Wally was raised at the entrance to Lang Park. The statue text reads: MG, Mark Geyer, was a rugby league player who played for the Penrith Panthers, a team in the NRL. He was a part of the maiden Premiers of 1991 and representated NSW in State of Origin, and Australia. ... Suncorp Stadium, formerly known as Lang Park, is the home of rugby league in Queensland. ...


"WALLY LEWIS


The Emperor of Lang Park


This honour was bestowed upon Wally Lewis by the former Chairman of the Queensland Rugby League, Senator and acclaimed father of state of Origin, the late Ron McAullife, in recognition of the impact Wally had on matches played at this ground across three decades. Ron McAullife (June 25, 1918 - August 16, 1988) was a politician and sports administrator in Queensland, Australia. ...


Lewis is arguably the greatest rugby league player of all time. He is one of only a handful of players to be named a Rugby League Immortal and was one of the six inaugural members of the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.


He achieved the greatest honour in Rugby League: the captaincy of his country, but it was his feats as Queensland skipper and playmaker in State of Origin that he achieved legendary status. He played 31 Origin games (30 as captain) and a record 8 Man of the Match awards over a 12-year period.


The name Wally Lewis is synonymous with State of Origin and Queensland Rugby League and continues to be an inspiration to future generations of footballers."


Later Career

Following his retirement from sport, Lewis became a sports presenter for Channel Nine news in his home town, taking over the nightly presentation slot following Chris Bombolas' move into state politics. The Nine Network is an Australian television network, available in major markets across Australia. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


During the November 16 2006 broadcast of the news, Lewis previewed the sports segment but was not onscreen when the program returned from an ad break, with newsreader Bruce Paige instead presenting the sports segment. A similar event occurred two weeks later, on November 30, when Lewis appeared onscreen and began to read the autocue, saying "Good evening" before seeming distressed. A scheduled report was then played, with Paige delivering the rest of the bulletin. Following these events, Lewis was given medical leave for the rest of the year.[1] On December 1, 2006, Lewis revealed that he suffered from epilepsy. It is as yet unknown whether his on-air disorientation was caused by the condition.[2] Bruce Paige is a newsreader in Brisbane, Australia, where he presents the 6PM news on Channel Nine. ...


However, it is still not known when Lewis will return as sports presenter, as he is due to have tests and treatment for epilepsy after years of hiding his condition from his family.[3]


Lewis was not expected to make a return as a TV reporter until January 29 but delivered a flawless report alongside new sports presenter Steve Haddan.[4]


"People come and ask me now about things (from his rugby league career) and I just don't remember them at all – that's absolutely frightening," he said. [5]


Lewis said he wanted to work with epilepsy organisations and raise awareness about the condition. [6]


He has become a high-profile supporter of the Hear And Say Centre, as his daughter was born profoundly deaf.

Preceded by
Mal Clift
Coach
Gold Coast Seagulls

1992-1993
Succeeded by
John Harvey
1994-1995
Preceded by
Graham Lowe
1991-1992
Coach
Queensland
State of Origin

1993-1994
Succeeded by
Paul Vautin
1995-1997

Gold Coast were a rugby league team which played in the NSWRL competition from 1988-1994, the ARL from 1995-1997, and the National Rugby League (NRL) in 1998. ... Announcer for Double Dare and History IQ. Categories: Television biographical stubs ... Graham Lowe is a former rugby league coach who coached in the NSWRL, the competition that has since evolved into the National Rugby League. ... Emblems: Faunal - Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus); Floral - Cooktown orchid (Dendrobium bigibbum); Bird - Brolga (Grus rubicunda); Aquatic - Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos); Gem - Sapphire; Colour - Maroon Motto: Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Const. ... The Rugby League State of Origin is an annual series of three interstate rugby league matches between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. ... Paul Fatty Vautin(born July 24, 1959), is a former Australian Rugby League player and more famously, a media personality. ...

External Links

  • State of Origin Offical website Rugby League Player Stats

Brisbane Broncos
The Club
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Seasons
1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997
1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007
Stadiums
Lang Park/Suncorp Stadium | ANZ Stadium
Captains
Wally Lewis (1988-1989) | Gene Miles (1990-1991) | Allan Langer (1992-1999)
Kevin Walters (1999-2000) | Gorden Tallis (2001-2004) | Darren Lockyer (2005-present)
Coaches
Wayne Bennett (1988-present)

 
 

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