27 February 1980 |
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||81 kg (12 st 11 lb)|
Scott Prince (born 27 February 1980) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. An Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative halfback, he played club football for the Wests Tigers (whom he led to the 2005 premiership, winning the Clive Churchill Medal), the Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys.
Born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Prince attended high school at Ignatius Park College in Townsville where he went through the rugby league programme. He then began his NRL career by working his way up through the North Queensland Cowboys juniors before debuting in the top grade in the newly reunited competition's first season.
Having won the 2000 NRL Premiership, the Broncos traveled to England to play against 2000's Super League V Champions, St Helens R.F.C. for the 2001 World Club Challenge, with Prince playing at halfback in Brisbane's loss. The Broncos were defeated by St Helens R.F.C. 18-20 after leading 12-6 at half-time. At the end of the 2002 season, Prince was named the Brisbane Broncos Clubman of the Year. Prince's playing days at the Brisbane Broncos were marred by injury that severely limited his game time. Prince broke his leg on two separate occasions, leading to him being released by the club.
Prince starred at the Wests Tigers, becoming captain of the club and making his debut for Queensland and Australia during his time at the club. He was selected as the Maroons halfback for all 3 games of the 2004 State of Origin series. Prince also captained Wests Tigers to their inaugural grand final win in 2005, at the same time winning the Clive Churchill Medal for Man of the Match. That year he also became the first player from the joint venture Tigers club to earn an Australian representative debut. The following year, he played in the 2006 World Club Challenge, captaining the Tigers to 10-30 loss to the Bradford Bulls.
Prince returned to Queensland for NRL season 2007 to play for the newly established Gold Coast Titans, becoming only the second player ever to play for all three Queensland teams in the top-level: Brisbane, North Queensland and Gold Coast (the first being Dale Shearer). He was named co-captain of the inaugural team with Luke Bailey.
Prince was a star for the Gold Coast before his injury which kept him out for several weeks. Prince made a return for the Titans and they finished 12th on the ladder; one win away from the Top 8.
Prince began 2008 as co-captain with Luke Bailey. It was announced that Prince would replace the injured Darren Lockyer in the second game of the 2008 Origin series. It was initially revealed by the selectors that they were reluctant to select Prince alongside fellow halfback Johnathan Thurston in the Queensland halves as they feared that both he and Thurston would get into each other's ways during the game, however on the night both complemented each other's game and led Queensland to a record win against the Blues (Thurston, for his part was forced to shift to five-eighth to cover for Lockyer's loss). Having replaced Darren Lockyer, Prince himself was injured early in game three of the series, breaking his left forearm, in a game Queensland won 16–10 to win a third consecutive series. In all Prince played five Origins, for three wins and two losses.
In August 2008, Prince was named in the preliminary 46-man Kangaroos squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008 he was selected in the final 24-man Australia squad. He also played one match in the World Cup against England.
In April 2009, he was named in the preliminary 25 man squad to represent Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009. Prince finished the 2009 NRL season as the fifth highest point scorer in the league, with 172 points (7 tries, 72 goals).
In 2009 Prince signed a new contract which would have kept him at the Gold Coast until 2014. However he was released from his contract at the end of the 2012 season.
Prince currently has many of the Gold Coast Titans' individual records, such as the person with the most points scored (603), most points in a match (20) and most points in a season (182).
Prince rejoined the Brisbane Broncos for the 2013 season. He announced his retirement from the NRL on 26 August 2013, effective at season's end.
On 5 September, Prince played his 300th and last NRL game; as well as his 50th game for the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. His final game was a 16-11 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs, where he made a try-saving tackle in the 15th minute and had kicked 2 goals successfully (but missed one). At the end of his final game, his teammates rushed to hug him when the full-time siren sounded; sending him out as a winner.
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|2007||Gold Coast Titans||22||7||-||-||28|
- Junior Club: Mount Isa Townies
- High school: Ignatius Park College
- Junior Kangaroos Selection: 1998
- First Grade Debut: 1998 – Round 4, North Queensland Cowboys v Canberra Raiders at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville, Queensland, 4 April.
- Premierships: 2005 – Wests Tigers defeated North Queensland Cowboys 30 - 16 in the Grand Final, Stadium Australia, Sydney, 2 October.
- Wests Tigers Club Captain: 2005
- Gold Coast Titans Captain: 2007-
- Prime Minister's XIII Debut: 2007 – Prime Minister's XIII v Papua New Guinea, Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 23 September.
- Prime Minister's XIII Selection: 2007-2008
- Queensland Debut: 2004 – State of Origin Game 1, Queensland v New South Wales, Stadium Australia, Sydney, 26 May.
- Queensland Selection: 2004, 2008
- Australia Test Debut: 2005 – Rugby League Tri-Nations, Australia v England, DW Stadium, Wigan, England, 5 November.
- Australia Test Squad Selection: 2005, 2008
- Indigenous All Stars Debut: 2010 – Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars, Skilled Park, Robina, Queensland, 13 February.
- Indigenous All Stars Selection: 2010-2012
- 1998 North Queensland Cowboys Rookie of the Year
- 2002 Brisbane Broncos Clubman of the Year
- 2005 Dally M Awards Captain of the Year
- 2005 Clive Churchill Medal winner
- 2005 Provan Summons Medal nominee
- 2007 Dally M Player of the Year nominee (equal 5th)
- 2008 RLIF Team of the Year (at Halfback)
- 2010 Dally M Awards Halfback of the Year
- 2010 RLIF Halfback of the Year
- Rugby League Project
- "Prince should consider lucrative move to UK: Gillmeister". Northern Star. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
- Liam FitzGibbon (1 August 2008). "Surprises in Kangaroos squad". "Fox Sports News (Australia)". Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2008.
- "Veteran Lockyer named in Australian squad". International Herald Tribune. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
- "Manly six win Australia call-up". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- "Queensland name preliminary State of Origin squad". Fox Sports. 28 April 2009. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
- Ja, Crystal (2009-04-15). "Scott Prince re-signs for further five years with Gold Coast Titans". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- Scott Prince: Achievements ScottPrince.com.au