2 November 1971 |
|Height||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Source: Rugby League Project and Yesterday's Hero|
Danny Moore (born 2 November 1971 in Townsville, Queensland) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. An Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative who played most of his career either at Centre or on the Wing, he played his club football in Australia for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (with whom he won the 1996 ARL premiership) and North Queensland Cowboys. He also played in England for the Wigan Warriors (with whom he won the 1998 Super League championship) and the London Broncos.
A Townsville junior, Moore's early career was played in the back row. He joined the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles as a Lock forward where he made his first grade debut in the round 7 clash of the 1991 NSWRL season against the Parramatta Eels at Brookvale Oval, playing from the bench in Manly's 30-18 win. After spending the rest of the 1991 and all of 1992 playing in Reserve Grade, he was switched to the centres at the start of the 1993 NSWRFL season and became a regular first grader.
Moore's good form for the Sea Eagles during 15 game undefeated run to start the 1995 season (and the Australian Rugby League's decision not to select Super League (SL) aligned players during the Super League, saw him gain State of Origin selection in the centres for Queensland. He played in all three games of the 1995 series, and earned himself a place in the Australian Test team as a reserve for the First Test of the Trans-Tasman series against New Zealand at Lang Park. He then took his place in the centres in the Second Test at the Sydney Football Stadium following the suspension of Manly team-mate Terry Hill in a club match. He would retain his place for the final test at in Brisbane, scoring a try in Australia's 46-10 win to take the series 3-0.
Later that year, Moore played in the centres in the Manly side which contested and lost the 1995 Grand Final (the last ever Winfield Cup 4-17 to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. At the end of the season Moore was one of eight Manly players chosen in Australia's World Cup squad for the tournament to be played in England and Wales. He made just one tournament appearance - a two-try effort in the 86-0 drubbing of South Africa in Gateshead. Australia went on to win their 4th consecutive World Cup (and their 7th overall) after defeating host nation England 16-8 in the final in front of 66,540 fans at London's famous Wembley Stadium.
The following year Moore won the 1996 premiership playing on the wing in the Sea Eagles team when they defeated the St George Dragons in the Grand Final. With SL players eligible for selection in 1996, Moore missed a place in the Queensland team for the 1996 State of Origin series. He was selected at state level again in the 1997 State of Origin series when he played in Game I on the wing. The 1997 season ended with a crunch with a last-minute loss to Newcastle Knights in the Grand Final, thanks to a try by Knights winger Darren Albert.