Corey Parker (rugby league)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Corey Parker
Corey Parker (28 July 2009, Sydney).jpg
Parker playing for the Broncos in 2009
Personal information
Born (1982-05-05) 5 May 1982 (age 33)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Lock, Second-row, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001– Brisbane Broncos 320 36 524 0 1192
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–15 Queensland 14 0 0 0 0
2010–13 Prime Minister's XIII 2 0 3 0 6
2011–15 Australia 12 0 4 0 8
2015 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 20 August 2015
Source: Rugby League Project, NRL Stats

Corey Parker (born 5 May 1982 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League. A Queensland State of Origin and Australia national representative lock or second-rower, he can also play prop and has played his entire professional career to date at the Broncos club, with whom he won the 2006 NRL Premiership. He also fulfills goal kicking duties for the Broncos.

Playing career[edit]


Parker, made his NRL debut in 2001 with the Broncos, scoring a try in his first match.[1] At times earlier in his career he weighed as much as 108 kilogrammes and sometimes played prop.

Parker in action for the Broncos
Parker in action against the Bulldogs

Parker was selected to represent Queensland as an interchange for games II and III of the 2004 State of Origin series and game III of the 2005 State of Origin series.

During a match against the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium, coach Wayne Bennett watched as fellow Bronco Shane Webcke was taken off the field by a trainer after being knocked out by Wests Tigers prop Bryce Gibbs. Parker was brought on as a replacement for Webcke, and, as noticed, the Broncos played with 14 men. Parker immediately scored a try following the Webcke incident. An investigation days later stripped the Broncos (who won the match 32-24) of the two competition points gained[2] but an appeal held weeks later saw the two points reinstated.

Parker was the highest point-scorer for the Broncos with a total of 142 points in 2006. He was selected to play from the interchange bench in Brisbane's victory in the 2006 NRL Grand Final. As 2006 NRL Premiers, the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to face 2006 Super League champions, St Helens RLFC in the 2007 World Club Challenge. Parker played at second-row forward, scoring a try and kicking three goals from four attempts in the Broncos' 14-18 loss.

In 2007, despite suffering an injury in round one and missing the next eight games, he was again able to finish the season as the Broncos' top point-scorer. In the Broncos' first match of the NRL season 2008, Parker broke the Broncos' club record for most goals in a match, kicking ten from ten. On Wednesday 26 March 2008 it was announced Corey Parker had re signed with the Brisbane Broncos for a further 3 years.

At the start of season 2008, Parker was the first choice kicker for the Broncos, but however, during a knee injury which kept him on the sideline for 6 weeks, the Brisbane Broncos decided to make Michael Ennis the first choice kicker. Following Ennis' move to the Bulldogs at the end of 2008, Parker again became the Broncos' primary goal kicker in 2009.

For the 2009 NRL season new Broncos coach Ivan Henjak moved Parker to lock. This proved a success as in April that year he was named in the preliminary 25 man squad to represent Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009.[3] Although he did not make an appearance for the maroons, Parker won the 2009 Paul Morgan Medal as the Broncos' Player of the Year.


On Friday 14 May 2010, Corey Parker played his 200th game for the Broncos, becoming the second youngest player to reach the milestone for the club. In September 2010, Corey Parker became captain of the Prime Ministers XIII.

Parker was named the 2011 forward of the year at the Broncos.[4]

Playing against the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 2 of the 2012 season, Parker suffered a thumb injury possibly leaving him out for up to 6 weeks.

Parker played all three games of the 2013 State of Origin series in which Queensland extended their record for consecutive series victories to eight. Corey Parker had made the most offloads out of all players in the 2013 NRL season. Parker was named the 2013 Brisbane Broncos season's player of the year.[5] In the post season he traveled to Europe with the Australian national team for the 2013 World Cup, helping them reclaim it. In 2013 Corey Parker was awarded International Lock of the Year, The Player's Player award, Most Consistent award, the Best Forward award, Dally M Lock of the Year, and Rugby League Week Player of The Year.

In 2014, Parker captained the Brisbane Broncos to the final of the Auckland Nines. In the Auckland Nines, Parker also scored a bonus try and kicked a goal against the Roosters. Against the Eels in round 5 of 2014, Parker became the third ever Bronco to reach 1000 points, after Darren Lockyer and Michael De Vere. In May 2014 Corey Parker played in the Trans-Tasman test match for Australia, against New Zealand. Parker suffered an injury in round 13 against the Raiders, which ruled him out of Game 2 of the 2014 State of Origin. He made his return in Game 3 and received Man of the Match. Peter Sterling quoted Parker's Game 3 as been the best performance by a forward in a State of Origin game he has seen. In Round 25 against the Dragons, Parker became the second highest point scorer in Brisbane Broncos history with 1066 points.

In Round 22 of the 2015 NRL season against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Parker succeeded Darren Lockyer as the Broncos' highest ever points scorer.[6][7]


Season Team Pld T G FG Pts
2001 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 13 2 0 0 8
2002 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 20 2 0 0 8
2003 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 23 3 0 0 12
2004 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 25 3 13 0 38
2005 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 23 1 1 0 6
2006 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 25 4 63 0 142
2007 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 18 4 45 0 106
2008 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 19 3 34 0 80
2009 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 27 5 75 0 170
2010 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 21 1 69 0 142
2011 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 3 74 0 160
2012 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 17 0 34 0 68
2013 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 22 2 10 0 28
2014 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 22 0 57 0 114
2015 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 3 15 0 34
Totals 305 34 490 0 1116


  1. ^ Heming, Wayne; AAP (2010-05-11). "Corey Parker prepares for 200th NRL game". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax). Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  2. ^ Gould, Phil (2004-04-04). "Winning the war on error". The Sun-Herald (Australia: Fairfax). Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Queensland name preliminary State of Origin squad". Fox Sports. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Honour Board". Brisbane Broncos. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Honour Board". Brisbane Broncos. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sam Thaiday
Brisbane Broncos

Succeeded by
Justin Hodges
Preceded by
Paul Gallen
Dally M
Lock of the Year

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Andrew McCullough
Brisbane Broncos
Paul Morgan Medal

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alex Glenn
Brisbane Broncos
Best Forward

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sam Thaiday
Brisbane Broncos
Best Forward

Succeeded by
Alex Glenn
Preceded by
Sam Thaiday
Brisbane Broncos
Paul Morgan Medal

Succeeded by
Josh Hoffman