Inductee: 100 in the National Rugby League Hall of Fame
Position: Fullback, Five-Eighth
Birthplace: Brisbane, QLD
Date of Birth: 24 March 1977
Debut Team: Brisbane Broncos
Opposition: Parramatta Eels
Date: 25 June 1995
Venue: Parramatta Stadium, Sydney
Representative: Queensland, Australia
Club: Brisbane Broncos
Premierships: 1997-98, 2000, 2006
Kangaroo Tours: 2001, 2003
Australian Captain: 38 Tests
Clive Churchill Medal: 2000
Golden Boot Award: 2003, 2006
Harry Sunderland Medal: 2008
Wally Lewis Medal: 2006
Dally M Fullback of the Year: 1998, 2001-02
Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year: 2004, 2006-07
Queensland Team of the Century: 2008
Named in NRL Team of the 1990s: 2003
First Class Games: 472
Darren Lockyear was discovered in Roma, by the Broncos’ talent scout Cyril Connell.
‘Locky’ stood out from an early age, as a player for the Queensland under-age teams. He also played firsts at the Broncos in 1995 as an 18-year-old five-eighth.
The bloke could both punt and place-kick, making him a spectacular specimen from an early age. He was also self-assured under the high ball, and incredibly fast, with an inane ability to push up a gear.
As well as this, Lockyear could also tackle like a gun.
2003 was highly considered his most prestigious, winning player-of-the-year at the Broncos, captaining the Kangaroos, as only one of four Queenslanders to do so.
One of his most incredible features of play, was his ability to rise to the occasion – and not just once.
He took home the Clive Churchill Medal in 2000, led the Broncos to the Premiership in 2006, Queensland to an Origin series, and Australia to victory in the Tri-Nations Tournament.
He’s the perfect all-rounder, and this is most prominently seen through his movement from fullback, where he played a majority of his football the past seven seasons, to five-eighth, which he handled better than any other player could’ve.