Carl Webb

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Carl Webb
Personal information
Full nameCarl Wilson Webb
Born (1981-03-20) 20 March 1981 (age 42)
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
PositionProp, Second-row, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–04 Brisbane Broncos 66 21 0 0 84
2005–10 North Qld Cowboys 115 16 0 0 64
2011 Parramatta Eels 6 0 0 0 0
Total 187 37 0 0 148
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–08 Queensland 15 2 0 0 8
2008 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Indigenous All Stars 2 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Carl Webb (born 20 March 1981) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played as a prop, second-row and lock in the 2000s and 2010s.

He played for the Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels in the NRL. Webb played for Queensland in the State of Origin series, Australia at international level and also the Indigenous All Stars side.[3]


Webb was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia and is of Indigenous Australian and New Zealand descent.[3][4] Webb Played for the Dalby Diehards in the Toowoomba Rugby League Competition during the Mid 1990's. As a teenager at 15 and 16 years of age, he would play in the Dalby first grade side.

Webb played for the Toowoomba Clydesdales before joining the Brisbane Broncos.

Professional playing career[edit]


After made his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos in 2000 against the North Queensland Cowboys. The next year he made his debut in State of Origin, representing Queensland, scoring one try. He won the 2001 Brisbane Broncos season's Rookie of the Year award[5] but a combination of inconsistent form and injuries saw him in and out of first grade until he was contracted to the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2005 season

North Queensland[edit]

Webb had a strong start to the 2005 NRL season, earning a position in the Queensland Maroons. Injury impeded his season and he was later suspended for punching, forcing him to watch the 2005 NRL Grand final loss to the Tigers from the sidelines. Webb was selected at second-row forward for Game II of the 2006 State of Origin series, scoring a try. In 2007, Webb again started the season strongly, but suffered a broken jaw early in the season. He returned to the field in round 8.

Webb playing for the Cowboys

In May 2008 Webb played in his debut test for the Australian national team against New Zealand. On 20 May 2008 Webb re-signed with the Cowboys until the end of the 2010 season, a contract rumoured to be worth around A$300,000 a year.[6] He was named in the Australia training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[7] but was not selected to play. He played for the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea in the post season and also appeared at the World Cup's opening night for the Indigenous Australian team in a match against the New Zealand Maori team.

Webb was selected to play at prop forward in the 2010 All Stars match for the Indigenous all Stars team. On 31 August 2010, Webb signed with the Parramatta Eels to play there for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, along with fellow NRL veterans Chris Walker, Chris Hicks, Casey McGuire and Paul Whatuira.[8]


For the 2011 All Stars match Webb was selected for the interchange bench of the Indigenous All Stars team. On 9 August 2011 Webb announced his immediate retirement from the NRL, only after playing 6 games for the Eels.[9]

Personal life[edit]


In 2015, Webb was arrested and charged with three counts of attempting to enter a dwelling with intent at night, threatening violence and one count of wilful damage after a late-night street rampage in Trinity Park, a suburb of Cairns.[10] On 14 September 2015, Webb was sentenced to 18 months' probation, including an order for counselling. He was also ordered to pay a total of $2,417 for repair of damages to the homes and car. No conviction was recorded.[11]


Webb, who had been boxing for years, made his professional debut in January 2010 against heavyweight Scott Lewis on the Anthony Mundine versus Robert Medley undercard in Sydney.[12][13] He lost the bout.[14]


On 5 March 2020, it was revealed that Webb had been diagnosed with early-onset motor neurone disease.[15] Webb started the Carl Webb Foundation in 2020 to raise awareness and funds for those suffering with MND.[16]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ "Big Charlie back in Origin picture", Townsville Bulletin 23 June 2008
  3. ^ a b "Indigenous footballers take pride in role model status". ABC Radio. 6 July 2005. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
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  5. ^ "Honour Board". Brisbane Broncos. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Cowboys agree to allow re-signed Webb to box | the Australian". Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Veteran Lockyer named in Australian squad". International Herald Tribune. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2008.
  8. ^ "Parramatta Eels sign North Queensland Cowboys prop Carl Webb". Daily Telegraph. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Webb pulls the pin on his NRL career". NRL. 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Ex-NRL star Carl Webb arrested in Cairns". 16 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Former State of Origin footballer Carl Webb avoids jail after drunken rampage that 'terrified neighbours' in Cairns". 15 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
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  13. ^ Walter, Brad (11 January 2010). "Super-fit Webb on war footing for heavyweight battle". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  14. ^ "North Queensland Cowboy star Carl Webb loses professional boxing debut in Sydney | The Daily Telegraph". Archived from the original on 8 March 2011.
  15. ^ "Men of League assisting Webb after MND diagnosis". 5 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Carl Webb Foundation". Carl Webb Foundation. Retrieved 3 May 2023.

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