|Full name||Gavin Suan Allen|
30 March 1965 |
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
|Source: NRL Stats, RLP, Yesterday's Hero|
Gavin Allen is an Australian former rugby league player of the 1980s and 1990s. He played club football in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership for Fortitude Valley and in the NSWRL premiership for the St. George Dragons and Brisbane Broncos, achieving selection to play for Queensland in State of Origin series.
Hailing from Cairns, Queensland, Gavin Allen started his career with Brisbane's Valleys club before moving to Sydney's St George Dragons for the 1987-88 seasons. He was not a success and seemed unable to adapt to life in Sydney. Returning to Queensland for the 1989 Brisbane Broncos season, and although not big for a front-rower, Allen's exceptionally high workrate made him a vital component of the Broncos' forward pack from 1990 as they became the most feared side in the NSWRL Premiership. Allen made his interstate representative debut when selected on the bench for Game I of the 1991 State of Origin series, becoming Queensland State of Origin player No. 72. He played a significant role in winning a tight struggle with the more experienced NSW pack.
Allen played a major part in the Broncos forward pack that dominated St George in the 1992 grand final. After taking part in the club's win over Wigan in the World Club Challenge, Allen was a non-playing reserve in the Broncos return bout with the Dragons in the 1993 grand final. With Glenn Lazarus, Andrew Gee and Mark Hohn competing, however, Allen found it very difficult at this time to maintain his first-grade berth, especially after the 10-metre rule made his main asset of high workrate less significant.
In 1995, Allen's career was winding down but had a brief reprieve when - by now a fringe first-grader - he was the only Bronco not signed by Rupert Murdoch's Super League. Consequently, Paul Vautin picked him up and chose him for the three State of Origin games, in which his experience and workrate helped players like Gary Larson and Billy Moore win Queensland a totally unexpected cleansweep. Allen retired at the end of the season.
Gavin Allen is married to Kristina Allen and they have 4 lovely children Kaitlyn,Jake,Josh and Luke Allen.They also have a dog named Patchey.His three sons do Football,boxing and Crossfit and his daughter does Gymnastics.