|Full name||Kevin David Walters|
|Born||20 October 1967|
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (13 st 1 lb)|
As of 18 May 2023
Kevin David Walters (born 20 October 1967) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach, and former player, who is contracted as the head coach of the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League (NRL) from 2021-2025.
Walters has previously coached the Queensland State of Origin team, and the French Catalans Dragons in the English Super League. He has also commentated for Fox League in Australia.
As a player, Walters was positioned at five-eighth or halfback. He represented Australia and Queensland, mostly in the 1990s. Otherwise, Walters played for the Brisbane Broncos and the Canberra Raiders NRL clubs, the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League, and the Ipswich Jets in the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership.
Walters was born in Rockhampton, Queensland in 1967 to parents Kevin (died 2010) and Sandra (died 2013), who had a total of five children, all male: Brett, Steve, Andrew, Kevin and his twin Kerrod.
Walters attended Ipswich Grammar School and grew up playing football with his brothers, in particular Steve and Kerrod, as well as Allan Langer. This combination of players was later referred to as "The Ipswich Connection".
From 1983-1984, Walters and three of his brothers (Brett, Steve and Kerrod) played for the Booval Swifts club before joining the Ipswich Jets in the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership competition in 1986. The next year, Walters followed Steve to the Canberra Raiders and the New South Wales Rugby League Premiership competition and remained until transferring to the Brisbane Broncos in 1990.
According to the Broncos, Kevin Walters holds the record for most finals' appearances  and has played six times in premiership-winning teams; one with the Canberra Raiders (1989) and five with the Brisbane Broncos (1992, 1993, 1997, 1998 and 2000).
Canberra Raiders (1987-1989)
In the 1987 NSWRL season, Walters was a reserve in the Canberra Raiders' first grand final, which they lost 8-18 to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Notwithstanding, he was named the Raiders' Rookie of the Year. In 1989, Walters played from the bench for Canberra in their 19-14 NSWRL Grand Final win against the Balmain Tigers at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Separately, Walters made his debut for the Queensland Maroons in the 1989 State of Origin series as a reserve in game 3 at Lang Park in Brisbane.
Brisbane Broncos (1990-2001)
Walters signed with the Brisbane Broncos in 1990 and played again alongside his twin brother. Head coach Wayne Bennett positioned Walters at five-eighth. Walters won the Broncos' 1990 Player of the Year award. At representative level, Walters played from the reserve bench for Queensland in all six games of the 1990 and the 1991 State of Origin series. He gained selection for the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, but only played in tour matches against local sides rather than in Test matches. On the 1991 Kangaroo tour of Papua New Guinea, Walters made his test match debut; he and Kerrod became the first twin brothers to play rugby league for Australia.
Walters played in the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand that saw Australia retain The Ashes. Later that year, he was part of the Brisbane roster that won the 1992 Grand Final 28–8 against the St George Dragons at Sydney Football Stadium. Steve, Kevin and Kerrod Walters had already become the first trio of brothers to play for Queensland and Australia in 1992, and another milestone was achieved when all three were selected to tour in England with the Australian Rugby League World Cup squad. Australia won the final 10-6. Furthermore, Walters played in Brisbane's 1992 World Club Challenge win over the Wigan Warriors at Central Park in England. In 1993, he was part of Brisbane's 14-6 grand final victory over the St George Dragons at ANZ Stadium, Brisbane.
During the 1994 NSWRL season, Walters played at five-eighth for defending premiers Brisbane when they hosted and lost the 1994 World Club Challenge 14-20 to British champions Wigan Warriors at ANZ Stadium. At the end of the season, Walters went on the 1994 Kangaroo tour.
Walters also played in the 1997 Super League Grand Final victory for Brisbane. Although not a consistent player for the Maroons, Walters was part of the winning 1998 State of Origin team, dummying his way over for a try in the decider. That year, he played at five-eighth in the 1998 NRL grand final and won another premiership with the Broncos. When Allan Langer retired in 1999, Walters became the Brisbane Broncos' team captain. In the second match of the 1999 State of Origin series, he also captained Queensland. In the Broncos' 2000 NRL grand final 14-6 win against the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia, Walters captained at halfback, claiming one more premiership ring with the club before moving to England at the request of Allan Langer.
In 2001, Walters played four games for the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League. However, he and his family preferred to be in Australia, so Walters returned to the Brisbane Broncos, played five games and finished his playing career in the 2001 NRL season. In 2003, Walters was one of the first four former players inducted into the Broncos official Hall of Fame. In 2007, Walters was included in a club list of their best twenty best players to date.
Following retirement as a player, Walters started his coaching career with the Toowoomba Clydesdales in the Queensland Cup regional competition as head coach (2001-2003), then the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL as assistant coach (2003-2005, 2015, 2018) and the Queensland Maroons in the State of Origin series as assistant coach (2006-2008, 2014-2015). Each of Walters' stints (2003-2005, 2015, 2018) as an assistant coach at Brisbane was under head coach Wayne Bennett. At the end of the 2005 season, after five successive years without a grand final appearance, Bennett decided to clean-out the coaching staff and removed long-time allies such as Walters, Gary Belcher and Glenn Lazarus. Walters then became head coach of the Ipswich Jets (2007-2008) in the Queensland Cup competition before securing a coaching contract in the English Super League with the France-based Catalans Dragons.
Catalans Dragons (2009-2010)
In 2009, Walters was appointed as the head coach of the Catalans Dragons. The team reached the qualifying semi-final for the Super League Grand Final and finished eighth in the competition after sixteen wins and sixteen losses during the Catalans Dragons 2009 season. In the 2010 season, the Dragons finished fourteenth (last) after six wins and twenty-one losses.
Returning to Australia, Walters was an NRL assistant coach with the Melbourne Storm (2011-2013) under Craig Bellamy and a halves' coach (2014) at the Newcastle Knights under Wayne Bennett.
Queensland Maroons (2016-2019)
In December 2015, Walters was appointed as head coach of the Queensland State of Origin team after Mal Meninga had to resign on becoming the Australian national rugby league team coach. In both 2016 and 2017, the Maroons achieved a 2–1 series victory over New South Wales. In the 2018 series, New South Wales won 2–1. In the 2019 State of Origin series, Queensland won the first game but suffered a 38–6 loss at Optus Stadium in the second game. In game 3, Queensland lost in the final twenty seconds after New South Wales scored a length of the field try. In September 2020, Walters resigned as the Maroons' head coach after being appointed head coach of the Brisbane Broncos.
Brisbane Broncos (2021-present)
In the 2021 NRL season, Walters made his debut as an NRL head coach. His first victory as such was in round 3 when the Brisbane Broncos defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24-0 at Suncorp Stadium. By the end of 2021, Brisbane had won a total of seven matches and lost seventeen. They did not qualify for the finals and finished fourteenth on the NRL ladder. In 2022, former South Sydney Rabbitohs captain and prolific football-kicker Adam Reynolds joined Brisbane as halfback and team captain. They won a total of thirteen matches and lost eleven, missed out on the finals again, but finished ninth in the competition.
Brisbane started 2023 with five consecutive wins, including the Battle for Brisbane 18-12 victory on 24 March at Suncorp Stadium against the Dolphins - coached by Walters' former mentor Wayne Bennett - in their inaugural NRL season. Brisbane extended Walters' contract until the end of the 2025 season. At the end of round 10, Brisbane was on top of the 2023 league ladder. However, that changed the following week.
Walters is a carpenter by trade. He married Kim Alison Facer in January 1991. Together, they had three children: Jack, Billy (a qualified carpenter) and Jett. In 1998, Kim died from breast cancer. With Dr Cherrell Hirst, the then director of the Wesley Breast Clinic, Walters launched The Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices Program – a free community service that offers support to people diagnosed with cancer – in Brisbane. In 2017, the program's name changed to The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre with Walters continuing as Patron.
- 2000: Australian Sports Medal for contributions to Australia's international standing in rugby league.
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- Walters, Kevin (1999). Brave Hearts. Ironbark. ISBN 978-0-330-36182-8.
- Brisbane Broncos profile
- Kevin Walters at the Former Origin Greats website.
- 1967 births
- Living people
- Australia national rugby league team players
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- Australian rugby league commentators
- Australian rugby league players
- Australian twins
- Brisbane Broncos captains
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- Canberra Raiders players
- Catalans Dragons coaches
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- Queensland Rugby League State of Origin coaches
- Queensland Rugby League State of Origin players
- Recipients of the Australian Sports Medal
- Rugby league five-eighths
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