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Reece Walsh
Personal information
Born (2002-07-10) 10 July 2002 (age 22)
Southport, Queensland, Australia[1]
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2021–22 New Zealand Warriors 38 11 69 0 182
2023– Brisbane Broncos 32 19 21 1 119
Total 70 30 90 1 301
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2023–24 Queensland 5 0 0 0 0
Source: [2]
As of 5 July 2024

Reece Walsh (born 10 July 2002) is a rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League (NRL).


Walsh was born in Southport, a suburb of the Gold Coast, Queensland,[1] to an Indigenous Australian father, and a Māori mother from Hastings, New Zealand. He was raised by his father and stepmother in the Gold Coast suburb of Nerang, and grew up playing junior rugby league for the Nerang Roosters.[3] He attended Keebra Park State High School throughout his teenage years before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos.

Playing career

Early career

In 2018, Walsh represented the Queensland Murri under-16 and Queensland under-16 sides.[4] In 2019, he played for the Tweed Heads Seagulls in their National Under-18 Title and Mal Meninga Cup-winning sides while he also spent the year training with the Brisbane Broncos NRL squad.[5] In June 2019, he represented Queensland under-18, scoring a try in their 34–12 win over New South Wales.[6] In September 2019, he represented the Australian Schoolboys, scoring a try in their 36–20 win over the Junior Kiwis.[7]


In 2021, Walsh joined the Brisbane Broncos NRL squad on a development contract.[8] He began the season playing for the Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup.[9]

On 18 March, Walsh signed a three-year contract with the New Zealand Warriors, beginning in 2022.[10][11] On 10 April, he was released early from his Brisbane contract to join the Warriors immediately.[12][13]

On 25 April, in round 7 of the 2021 NRL season, Walsh made his first grade debut for the Warriors against Melbourne.[14]

In May, Walsh confirmed his allegiance to Queensland and Australia over New Zealand.[1] It was confirmed on 21 June that he had been selected to play as fullback for the Queensland Maroons for the second game of the State of Origin series.[15] At 18, he would have been the youngest player to be selected in the Queensland team since Ben Ikin in 1995, however he was ruled out due to an injury.[16]

In round 23, Walsh had a disappointing afternoon with the goal kicking duties only managing to convert one goal from five attempts, including a conversion attempt near the touch-line late in the game which would likely have sent the game against Brisbane into extra-time. New Zealand lost the match 24-22 which effectively ended their already slim chance of reaching the finals.[17]

Cocaine possession

On 25 September 2021, a video emerged of Walsh being arrested by police at a Surfers Paradise nightclub. The following day, Walsh addressed the media and said that he had failed a previous move on order by the police. He then went on to say “I didn't move on. That led to me getting arrested and taken back to the police station. Once I got back to the police station I got searched and I was in possession of a small bag of cocaine – which I had some during the night.

"No-one else is involved in this. It is solely on me. I put my hand up – I should never have done it. It is a mistake I made. I want to say sorry to sponsors, fans, the Warriors".[18] He was handed a $5000 fine and suspended for two matches over the incident.[19]


On 20 June, Walsh was selected in the extended Queensland Maroons squad for State of Origin Game 2, however did not play.[20] On 6 July, Walsh was granted an early release from his New Zealand contract to re-join his former club Brisbane starting in 2023. Walsh cited a relationship breakdown as the reason for the move. He had also reportedly turned down a $2.8 million offer from new NRL franchise The Dolphins in favour of signing with Brisbane.[21] On 7 July, Brisbane officially announced his return to the club, on a three-year deal.[22]


On 1 January, it was reported that Walsh became involved in a verbal altercation with Gold Coast player David Fifita. The pair needed to be separated by security staff at Burleigh Heads. In the pre-season trials, Walsh suffered a facial injury in Brisbane's match against the Gold Coast and was ruled out for an indefinite period.[23][24] In round 2 of the 2023 NRL season, Walsh made his club debut for Brisbane and scored a try in their 28–16 victory over arch-rivals North Queensland.[25] The following week, he scored two tries in a 40–18 victory over St. George Illawarra.[26]

After a series of good performances, Walsh was selected to make his debut for Queensland in game one of the 2023 State of Origin series, replacing incumbent fullback Kalyn Ponga.[27] Walsh was involved in an altercation with New South Wales five-eighth Jarome Luai in the final minutes of game two of the State of Origin series, resulting in both players being sent off and New South Wales winger Josh Addo-Carr being sin-binned. Queensland won the game 32–6, and henceforth the series.[28]

In June 2023, Walsh was suspended for three matches for contrary conduct towards a match official, after saying "What the fuck do you mean, cunt?" directly after referee Chris Butler blew an obstruction penalty in the Broncos' round 17 loss to the Gold Coast Titans. Walsh claimed this was aimed at teammate Patrick Carrigan. As a result of the suspension, Walsh missed the third State of Origin match.[29]

On 29 September, the NRL integrity unit were reportedly investigating Walsh for a verbal altercation he had with a Penrith supporter at Sydney's Darling Harbour. It was alleged that the supporter yelled at Walsh “Moses Leota will take your head”. Walsh responded with “I’ll take your mum’s”.[30] Walsh played a total of 22 games for Brisbane in the 2023 NRL season. Walsh played in Brisbane's 26-24 loss against Penrith in the 2023 NRL Grand Final.[31]


In round 3 of the 2024 NRL season, Walsh was taken from the field during the clubs grand final rematch loss against Penrith after colliding with Taylan May. It was later announced Walsh would be ruled out for potentially six weeks with a facial fracture.[32]

On 26 March, it was reported that Walsh signed a five-year extension deal worth $5.5 million, making him the highest paid player in the club's history.[33] In round 8 of the 2024 NRL season, Walsh scored two tries for Brisbane in their 34-10 victory over the Wests Tigers.[34]



Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2021 New Zealand 16 9 21 70.00% 0 78
2022 22 2 48 78.69% 0 104
2023 Brisbane 22 9 3 60.00% 1 43
2024 5 6 11 84.62% 0 46
Career totals 65 26 83 76.15% 1 271


Brisbane Broncos (#282)

  • Allan Langer Best Back: 2023
  • RLPA The Players’ Dream Team (Fullback): 2023

New Zealand Warriors (#259)

  • Warriors' People's Choice Award: 2022
  • Rookie of the Year: 2021
  • RLPA Rookie of the Year: 2021

Queensland (#229)

  • State of Origin Series Winner: 2023


  • 2023 GQ Breakthrough Sportsman of the Year[35]


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  26. ^ "Unbeaten Broncos set up blockbuster Brisbane NRL derby against Dolphins as Warriors, Gold Coast score upset wins". ABC News. 18 March 2023.
  27. ^ "'Tough phone calls': Billy grilled over Ponga bombshell, axings as QLD abandon 'pick and stick'". www.foxsports.com.au/nrl. 22 May 2023.
  28. ^ "Walsh stuns in masterclass as DCE delivers in big moment again: QLD Player Ratings". www.foxsports.com.au. 21 June 2023.
  29. ^ "Queensland star Reece Walsh banned for three matches, will miss Origin III". ABC News. ABC Australia. 27 June 2023. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  30. ^ "Walters responds after Walsh's ugly 'mum' sledge as star involved in incident with Penrith fan". www.foxsports.com.au.
  31. ^ "NRL grand final 2023: Penrith Panthers defeat Brisbane Broncos – as it happened". www.theguardian.com.
  32. ^ "'Should have resulted in a charge': NRL's stunning admission on controversial Panthers hit". www.foxsports.com.au.
  33. ^ "BREAKING: Walsh set to become highest-paid player in Broncos history with monster $5.5m deal". Fox League. 26 March 2024. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  34. ^ "Fan headbutts security guard during Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos game". www.news.com.au.
  35. ^ https://www.gq.com.au/men-of-the-year/reece-walsh-breakthrough-sportsman-of-the-year-2023/news-story/4c87ff472fc082805f70ed44f95e4ff1

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