Brett Kenny

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Brett Kenny
Personal information
Full name Brett Edward Kenny
Born (1961-03-16) 16 March 1961 (age 55)
Gerringong, New South Wales
Playing information
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Position Five-eighth, Centre, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1980–93 Parramatta Eels 265 110 0 0 410
1984–85 Wigan 25 19 0 0 76
Total 290 129 0 0 486
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1982–87 New South Wales 17 2 0 0 8
1982–87 Australia 17 10 0 0 36
1983–87 City NSW 4 1 0 0 4
Source: RLP
Official Wigan Website on Brett Kenny

Brett Edward Kenny (born 16 March 1961 in Gerringong, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 90s. He was a Five-eighth and Centre for the Australian national team and New South Wales Blues representative sides, and the Parramatta Eels. He played in 17 Tests, made 17 State of Origin appearances and won 4 premierships with Parramatta. He is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.[1]

Statistical highlights[edit]

He held the Parramatta club record for the most first grade games (265) from 1993 to 2010, and also held the record for most tries for the club (110), which was surpassed by Luke Burt during the 2011 NRL season. His 21 tries in the 1983 season stands second behind Steve Ella's 23 for most tries in a season.

Kenny holds the record feat of being the only player to have scored 2 tries in 3 (consecutive) grand finals, from 1981 to 1983. In the 1986 Grand Final against Canterbury, Kenny looked to have scored 2 tries, but had them disallowed in controversial circumstances.[2]

Post playing[edit]

In 2000, he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league.

Kenny made a cameo appearance in the 2006 film, Footy Legends.[3]

In February 2008, Kenny was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[4]

In 2010, Kenny became the coach of the Wentworthville Magpies in the NSW Cup competition, taking over from Rip Taylor.[5]


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