Peter Ryan (rugby league)
|Full name||Peter Jeremy Ryan|
23 March 1971 |
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||97 kg (214 lb)|
Peter Ryan (born 23 March 1971) is an Australian former rugby league and rugby union footballer of the 1980s, 90s and 2000s. A Queensland State of Origin representative forward, he played ten seasons with the Brisbane Broncos and finished his career playing rugby union for the ACT Brumbies.
Ryan attended Downlands College in Toowoomba. After representing Australia in rugby union as a schoolboy and playing for the Brisbane Rugby League premiership's Western Suburbs club, Ryan moved to the Broncos in 1990.
Professional playing career
In the weeks following the Broncos' inaugural premiership win Ryan travelled with the club to England, where he played from the interchange bench in the 1992 World Club Challenge against British champions Wigan, helping Brisbane become the first NSWRL club to win the match in Britain. A handy utility forward, the following season he was part of the Broncos' 1993 Winfield Cup triumph.
In 1997 Ryan debuted for Queensland and was named the Broncos' player of the year in a premiership-winning season, Ryan's second title with the club. Only a suspension, which ruled him out of the 1998 NRL grand final, denied him the opportunity of winning a third premiership with the Broncos in 1998.
At the end of 1999, Ryan left the Broncos to play rugby union with the ACT Brumbies. Ryan was the first person in history to win grand finals in the NRL and the Super 12, as it was then known. This feat has since only been matched by Brad Thorn in 2008, and Will Chambers and Sonny Bill Williams in 2012.
Renowned during his playing days for his tough and uncompromising tackling technique, Ryan is currently a defensive coach for the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL. He has previously performed a similar role for both the Broncos and the Queensland Reds rugby union team.