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01 December - Wally Lewis, "The King of Ruby League"

Unread postby Max ADU » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:10 pm

Australian Birthday Today
Ist December

** see video below with "Wally" in action and why he is one of the greats

Walter James "Wally" Lewis AM
born 1st December 1959, Hawthorne, Queensland, is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach.

Wally was regarded as one of the greatest rugby league players of all time and dubbed the nicknamed "The King" and also "The Emperor of Lang Park".

Wally's career achievements
  • Represented Queensland in thirty-one State of Origin games from 1980 to 1991, and was captain for thirty of them.
  • Represented Australia in thirty-three international matches from 1981 to 1991 and was national team captain from 1984 to 1989.
  • Best known for
    his State of Origin performances, spearheading Queensland's dominance in that competition throughout the 1980s.
  • Captained at State of Origin level 30 times, winning a record 8 man of the match awards.
  • Inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame and in 1999.
  • Became the sixth member of 'The Immortals'. In 2000
  • Awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in the sport of rugby league
  • Broncos' top try-scorer in their first season and also later had the honour of scoring the club's first hat-trick.

    In February 2008, Lewis was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia

    Lewis went on to be named as five-eighth in Australian Rugby League's Team of the Century.

Standing tall at Lang Park
A bronze statue of Wally was raised at the entrance to Lang Park. The statue text reads:

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.
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.

After Ruby League
His time
as a player and coach was followed by a career as a newsreader for the Nine Network.

Lewis focussed more on his career as a sports presenter for Channel Nine's National Nine News in his home town of Brisbane.

Other interesting facts...
  • 21 February 2007, Lewis underwent brain surgery to help his epilepsy at Austin Hospital in Melbourne and since made a full recovery.
  • Lewis is well known as a big fan of The Phantom comic series.
  • Wally's son, Lincoln, was a full time actor on the Seven Network television drama, Home and Away, winning a TV Week Logie Award for best male new talent.

    Watch on youtube.com
  • His other son, Mitchell is a presenter on the Nova FM radio station

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