Glenn Lazarus

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Glenn Lazarus
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Glenn Lazarus in 2007
Senator for Queensland
In office
1 July 2014 – 2 July 2016
Personal details
Born Glenn Patrick Lazarus
(1965-12-11) 11 December 1965 (age 51)[1]
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Palmer United Party (2014–2015)
Independent (2015)
Glenn Lazarus Team (2015–present)
Occupation Rugby league footballer
Nickname(s) The brick with eyes[2] Lazzo
Rugby League career
Playing information
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)[1]
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1987–91 Canberra Raiders 92 10 0 0 40
1992–97 Brisbane Broncos 118 9 0 0 36
1998–99 Melbourne Storm 44 2 1 0 10
Total 254 21 1 0 86
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–99 New South Wales 19 2 0 0 8
1997 New South Wales (SL) 3 0 0 0 0
1990–99 Australia 21 1 0 0 4
1997 Australia (SL) 1 0 0 0 0
Source: NRL Stats

Glenn Patrick Lazarus (born 11 December 1965) is a former professional rugby league footballer and a former Australian Senator. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative prop forward, Lazarus won premierships with the Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm, who he also captained. He is the only player in the history of the game to win grand finals with three separate clubs, with the grand final wins also being the first for each club. After his retirement from football he assisted several NRL clubs in a coaching capacity.

In the 2013 federal election, Lazarus was elected to the Australian Senate for the state of Queensland as the lead Queensland candidate for the Palmer United Party (PUP). He became PUP Senate leader at the commencement of his term on 1 July 2014. He quit PUP on 13 March 2015 citing issues with its leader Clive Palmer, and established his own political party, the Glenn Lazarus Team.[3] He did not retain his seat in the 2016 federal election.

Education[edit]

Lazarus was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales. He attended Queanbeyan South Primary School and Karabar High School. He excelled at swimming and football, both Australian rules and especially rugby league.[4]

Rugby league career[edit]

Lazarus achieved a formidable reputation in prop forward position at club, state (NSW), and international levels. He was the first player in the history of the game to win premierships with three different clubs: Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm.[2] Lazarus was also named Players' Player for two consecutive Kangaroo Tours: 1990 and 1994. In addition, Lazarus scored the first rugby league try at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during a State of Origin game.

Canberra[edit]

Lazarus began his first-grade career with the Canberra Raiders in 1987, and was selected to make his debut for New South Wales in the 1989 State of Origin series. He played a starring role in the club's victory over the Balmain Tigers in the 1989 grand final. He travelled with the Raiders to England for the 1989 World Club Challenge, which was lost to Widnes.

Lazarus played in the Raiders' victory over the Penrith Panthers in the 1990 grand final. At the end of the 1990 NSWRL season, he went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France. He also played for Canberra in their grand final loss to Penrith in 1991.

Brisbane[edit]

In the summer preceding the 1992 season, Lazarus was recruited from Canberra by his former coach at the Raiders, Wayne Bennett[5] and joined the Brisbane Broncos, with whom he played the largest portion of his career. During the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, he helped Australia retain The Ashes. He played for the Broncos at prop forward in the 1992 grand final victory over the St. George Dragons, following which he travelled with the Broncos to England, where he played at prop forward in the 1992 World Club Challenge against British champions Wigan, helping Brisbane become the first NSWRL club to win the match in Britain. He then played for Australia at prop forward in the World Cup final victory over Great Britain at Wembley Stadium.

Lazarus played for the Broncos at prop forward in the 1993 grand final victory again over the St. George Dragons. This constituted a remarkable feat of playing in five consecutive grand finals.[6] During the 1994 NSWRL season, Lazarus played at prop forward for defending premiers Brisbane when they hosted British champions Wigan for the 1994 World Club Challenge and lost. In 1996, he captained the Broncos in a game against the Penrith Panthers due to Allan Langer being injured. He was selected to go on the 1994 Kangaroo Tour, where he was voted the Players' Player of the tour. It was only a broken (dislocated) ankle suffered during a 1997 World Club Championship match that prevented Lazarus from playing in that year's Super League grand-final-winning Brisbane side.

Melbourne[edit]

Lazarus was recruited to the newly established Melbourne Storm by his former CEO (John Ribot) and teammate (Chris Johns) from the Broncos, both then responsible for setting up and managing the growth of new club in Melbourne. Lazarus commenced with the club in its inaugural year, 1998 and was named as the club's first captain and also given a newspaper column to write in The Herald Sun.[7] He went on to lead the Melbourne Storm at prop forward in their 1999 grand final victory. Lazarus announced his retirement from the game with five premierships for three different clubs (Canberra 1989–90, Brisbane 1992–93 and Melbourne 1999).

Post-playing[edit]

In 2000, Lazarus was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league.[8] In 2003, he was one of the first four former players inducted into the Broncos' official Hall of Fame.[9] In 2005, the western grandstand of Olympic Park Stadium was named the Glenn Lazarus stand in his honour.[10] Lazarus spent many years coaching junior rugby league in Brisbane. He also assisted the Canberra Raiders and Brisbane Broncos in an assistant coaching capacity.

In February 2008, Lazarus 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.[11] Lazarus has been 612 ABC Brisbane Breakfast rugby league tipster since 2008. In 2008 New South Wales announced their rugby league team of the century, naming Lazarus at prop.[12]

At the end of the 2008 Queensland Cup season, Lazarus, who served as assistant coach at the Ipswich Jets club under the departing Kevin Walters, was named as head coach of the club from the 2009 season. Lazarus was not re-appointed for 2011.[13]

Political career[edit]

Lazarus was selected to head the Palmer United Party (PUP) Senate ticket in Queensland at the 2013 federal election and was elected on a 9.89 percent primary vote. He got to the required 14.3 percent quota from a favourable preferential tally from group voting tickets. His term as a PUP Senator commenced on 1 July 2014 and he became PUP Senate leader.[14]

He announced his resignation from PUP through Facebook on 13 March 2015 and became an independent Senator. He wrote: "I have a different view of team work. Given this, I felt it best that I resign from the party and pursue my senate role as an independent senator."[15]

In May 2015, Lazarus announced his intention to form his own party.[16] The party, Glenn Lazarus Team, was registered on 9 July 2015.[17] Lazarus and the Glenn Lazarus Team were unsuccessful in the 2016 federal election and did not secure any seats in the Parliament.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Lazarus is married and has three children.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Glenn Lazarus". nrlstats.com. Sports Data. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Whiticker, Alan (8 December 2013). "Glenn Lazarus". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Glenn Lazarus quits Palmer United Party". smh.com.au. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Doherty, Megan. "Senator Glenn Lazarus will be good for Federal Parliament, says his mum". canberratimes.com.au. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Harms, John (2005). The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story. Australia: University of Queensland Press. p. 113. ISBN 0-7022-3536-9. ISBN 9780702235368. 
  6. ^ Pramberg, Bernie (2006-09-26). "Broncos beat critics". The Courier-Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  7. ^ Cockerill, Ian (1999-10-03). "Eye of the Storm". The Sunday Age. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  8. ^ "Glenn Lazarus". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  9. ^ "Broncos Hall of Fame". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Woods, Melissa (2005-04-02). "Nikau stands tall as the Storm rages". AAP. The Age. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  11. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League – The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  12. ^ ARL (2008). "Australian Rugby Football League 2008 Annual Report" (PDF). Australian Rugby Football League Limited. p. 30. Archived from the original (pdf) on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  13. ^ "Former Jet tells why he quit club". qt.com.au. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Former Senator Glenn Lazarus". aph.gov.au. Commonwealth Parliament. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Glenn Lazarus quits Palmer United Party". AAP. The Sydney Morning Herald. 2015-03-13. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  16. ^ "Glenn Lazarus to form own political party". abc.net.au. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  17. ^ Australian Electoral Commission. "Glenn Lazarus Team". aec.gov.au. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Glenn Lazarus concedes defeat in race for Senate spot". abc.net.au. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Doherty, Megan. "Senator Glenn Lazarus will be good for Federal Parliament, says his mum". canberratimes.com.au. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 

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