Brisbane rugby league team

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Screen shot of Joe Kilroy playing for Combined Brisbane against Easts in 1984

The Brisbane rugby league team was an Australian representative rugby league football side made up of players from the Brisbane Rugby League's first-grade premiership clubs. Also called Brisbane Firsts or Combined Brisbane, the team was assembled occasionally from 1907, the year rugby league football was first played in Australia, until 1988, the year the Brisbane Broncos began competing in the NSWRL's Winfield Cup premiership.[1]


In 1907 a team made up of Brisbane rugby players was formed to play a game for the 1907–1908 New Zealand rugby tour of Australia and Great Britain, which the visiting 'All Blacks' won 43-10. The Bulimba Cup was a competition contested by the Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba representative rugby league sides which started in 1925.

During the 1951 French rugby league tour of Australia and New Zealand, a Brisbane side was again formed to play against France, losing to the visitors in the last two minutes by a single point.[2] The Bulimba Cup competition last took place in 1972. Brisbane had won it more than any other team.

A Combined Brisbane side reached the final of the 1979 AMCO Cup but lost 22-5 to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Brisbane's side for the 1984 National Panasonic Cup, captained by Wally Lewis, defeated the Eastern Suburbs Roosters 12-11 in the final at the Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.[3]

When the Brisbane Broncos assembled the team to play their first ever game in 1988, most of the inaugural 17 players (including Lewis, Scott, Miles, Kilroy, and Dowling) that defeated the defending NSWRL premiers Manly-Warringah 44-10 at Lang Park, had previously played in the Brisbane Rugby League's team. Later that year a combined Brisbane team played against the touring Great Britain Lions. Since 1988 a Queensland Residents side has occasionally been selected and drew heavily on the Brisbane Rugby League premiership until that competition ended in 1997.

1984 Panasonic Cup Final[edit]


Eastern Suburbs Roosters Position Combined Brisbane
Graeme Atkins FB Colin Scott
Shane McKellar (c) WG Joe Kilroy
Glen Leggett CE Mal Meninga
David Green CE Gene Miles
John Ferguson WG John Ribot
Mike Eden FE Wally Lewis (c)
Scott Gayle HB Henry Foster
Kevin Hastings LK Bob Lindner
Mark Wheeler SR Wally Fullerton Smith
Terry Regan SR Bryan Neibling
Dane Sorensen PR Richard Poulsen
Rowland Beckett HK Eddie Muller
Tom Arber PR Greg Dowling
Reserve Tony Currie
Darren Finlayson Reserve
Gavin Miller Reserve
Steve Hardy Reserve
Laurie Freier Coach Bob McCarthy

Match details[edit]

Wednesday, 15 August 1984
8:00pm (AEST)
Eastern Suburbs Roosters Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 11 – 12 St. George colours.svg Combined Brisbane
Terry Regan

Mike Eden (3)
Field Goals:
Kevin Hastings (1)
Wally Lewis
Gene Miles
Mal Meninga (2)
Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Man of the Match: Wally Lewis St. George colours.svg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Brisbane Firsts". Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Reardon, Jack (4 July 1951). "Brisbane beaten in last 2 mins". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  3. ^ 1984 Panasonic Cup Final