Darren Lockyear

Player Profile

Player Information

Nickname: Locky

Inductee: 100 in the National Rugby League Hall of Fame

Inducted: 2008

Position: Fullback, Five-Eighth

Birthplace: Brisbane, QLD

Date of Birth: 24 March 1977

First Game

Debut Team: Brisbane Broncos

Opposition: Parramatta Eels

Date: 25 June 1995

Venue: Parramatta Stadium, Sydney

Representative: Queensland, Australia

Club: Brisbane Broncos

Career

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

Playing

First Class Games: 472

Tries: 172

Points: 1597

Biography

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.