Peter Ryan (rugby, born 1971)

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Peter Ryan
Personal information
Full name Peter Jeremy Ryan
Born (1971-03-23) 23 March 1971 (age 46)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 97 kg (15 st 4 lb; 214 lb)
Rugby league
Position Lock, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–99 Brisbane Broncos 155 23 0 0 92
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997 Queensland (SL) 3 1 0 0 4
1998 Queensland 2 0 0 0 0
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–02 ACT Brumbies 35
Source: RLP

Peter Ryan (born 23 March 1971) is an Australian former rugby league and rugby union footballer of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. A Queensland State of Origin representative forward, he played ten seasons with the Brisbane Broncos and finished his career playing rugby union for the ACT Brumbies.


Ryan attended Downlands College in Toowoomba. After representing Australia in rugby union as a schoolboy and playing for the Brisbane Rugby League premiership's Western Suburbs club, Ryan moved to the Broncos in 1990.

Professional playing career[edit]

In the weeks following the Broncos' inaugural premiership win Ryan travelled with the club to England, where he played from the interchange bench in the 1992 World Club Challenge against British champions Wigan, helping Brisbane become the first NSWRL club to win the match in Britain. A handy utility forward, the following season he was part of the Broncos' 1993 Winfield Cup triumph.

During the 1994 NSWRL season, Ryan played from the interchange bench for defending premiers Brisbane when they hosted British champions Wigan for the 1994 World Club Challenge.

In 1997 Ryan debuted for Queensland and was named the Broncos' player of the year in a premiership-winning season, Ryan's second title with the club. Only a suspension, which ruled him out of the 1998 NRL grand final, denied him the opportunity of winning a third premiership with the Broncos in 1998.

At the end of 1999, Ryan left the Broncos to play rugby union with the ACT Brumbies. Ryan was the first person in history to win grand finals in the NRL and the Super 12, as it was then known. This feat has since only been matched by Brad Thorn in 2008, and Will Chambers and Sonny Bill Williams in 2012.

During 2001's pre-season, Wendell Sailor declared he was "leaning towards" switching codes from rugby league to rugby union following advice from former Broncos teammate Ryan.[1]


During the 2000s Ryan, who has been described by Craig Bellamy as "one of the most devastating defenders to have played the game", returned to the Brisbane Broncos as a part-time defence coach.[2]

Renowned during his playing days for his tough and uncompromising tackling technique, Ryan is currently a 'contact' coach for the ACT Brumbies Rugby Union team [3] in the Super 15. He has previously performed a similar role for both the Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys (NRL) and the Queensland Reds rugby union team.


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