Retired Brisbane Bronco & inspirational sportsman
Shane Webcke has never settled for near enough is good enough; he is a leader and a role model who is highly commended and revered by his peers. One of the most decorated front row forwards to have played rugby league during its 100-year history, he is also one of the most intelligent. Shane Webcke is also universally liked and respected.
Shane Webcke finished his rugby league career with a fairytale ending after the Brisbane Broncos won the 2006 Grand Final. On that night he retired from professional football being named as one of the very best in the business. He had made 25 NRL Finals appearances, four Grand Finals and four Premiership wins.
Shane is a loyal family man and successful businessman. He is the publican of an historic watering hole and a television sports presenter. Shane is the ambassador for Suncorp Sunwise, Junior Rugby League and the APN Adopt-A-Family campaign. He has published his autobiography titled Warhorse and earned a reputation as an engaging motivational speaker and raconteur. While Shane's sporting story is enlightening, his insight into the success of the Broncos is engrossing. A consummate team man, who realises better than anyone that there is no easy way to achieve success, his anecdotes and principles on life are truly inspirational.
About Shane Webcke:
Born in to a battling farming family on Queensland's Darling Downs on September 26 1974, Shane Webcke was 'given' very little - except love, guidance and ethics from his mum and dad. What he gained as a youngster growing up he worked for, and he realised that if he was to make his way in the world as a successful rugby league player, he would have to continue down that road.
Shane's football career began when he joined the Clifton-Allora Bulldogs (later to become Wattles) as a six-year-old. When he left the club to join the Brisbane Broncos a decade later, he had won a grand final in every single year he played. However, despite his obvious talent, Webcke never made a junior rep footy team. In fact his first Queensland jersey was as a State of Origin prop in 1998.
Shane went on to play 21 times for Queensland. He also played 19 Tests for Australia and during his career became the No.1 prop of his era. He is regarded as one of the best of all time in his position. In 2008, the Centenary of Rugby League, Webcke was selected by a panel of expert judges as among the 100 Greatest Players of all time.
But Shane Webcke's greatest contribution to rugby league was as a stalwart for his beloved Brisbane Broncos. In a career spanning 12 seasons, he played 263 first grade matches, was a member of four premiership teams and captained the club on 10 occasions. He also won the prestigious Paul Morgan Medal as Player of the Year on two occasions and has been awarded life membership of the Broncos.
Closing his glittering 15-year career because of a right knee condition, the absence of the club's warhorse prop left an irreplaceable hole in the Broncos ranks.
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The popularity of Shane Webcke, and the respect with which he is held, was well and truly illustrated by a record attendance of 91 at the April Full Time Club gathering of the Sunshine Coast Committee.
Men Of League
Shane was perfectly matched to our team from both a personal loss discussion and his sporting career.