41 Facts About Brisbane Broncos


The Brisbane Broncos have achieved four minor premierships during its 35 years in multiple competitions.

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The Brisbane Broncos later became the dominant force in the competition before playing a significant role in the Super League War of the mid-1990s, then continuing to compete successfully in the newly created National Rugby League competition.

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The Brisbane Broncos Board moved quickly and offered Kevin Walters the vacant role of head coach on a 2-year contract.

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Brisbane Broncos license was the Queensland Rugby League's direct response to the threat posed by the VFL's expansion team the Brisbane Broncos Bears which was granted a license in 1986 for entry in the 1987 season.

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Brisbane Broncos secured the services of Australia national rugby league team captain Wally Lewis to be the inaugural club captain and former BRL and then Canberra Raiders coach Wayne Bennett, on top of a host of other talented players including Chris Johns, Allan Langer, Terry Matterson, Gene Miles and Kerrod Walters.

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Unfortunately, Brisbane Broncos endured their worst season to date in 1991, spending just 2 weeks total inside the Top 5 and hovering around 10th for much of the year before a 5-game winning streak saw them finish 7th, just a solitary draw outside a playoff for 5th place.

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The 1995 season, the first under the ARL banner, went pretty well for Brisbane Broncos- they sat in the Top 4 for most of the year, finished 3rd, and unearthed a pair of future club legends- rugged prop Shane Webcke and future Golden Boot winner Darren Lockyer.

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Brisbane Broncos entered the 1998 NRL season as one of the favourites to win the unified competition- despite the return of Mundine to the Dragons and the departure of Lazarus to become the inaugural captain of the newly formed Melbourne Storm.

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In Round 19, Brisbane Broncos sat 2nd on the ladder, before losing 6 straight matches and finishing the year in 5th place.

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Brisbane Broncos finished the year in 3rd position, although they were challenging for the minor premiership until they lost 4 of their last 5 matches.

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Brisbane Broncos climbed back up the ladder to sit 5th after Origin, but their season again took a turn in a Round 18 clash with the Cowboys, when Lockyer's season abruptly ended with a torn ACL.

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Brisbane Broncos stuttered and lost 6 of their first 8 matches, before reversing form and entering the Top 8.

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An even bigger blow for Brisbane Broncos was a contract saga involving Greg Inglis, who was departing the Melbourne Storm in the wake of their salary cap saga.

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Unfortunately, 2013 was not a good year for Brisbane Broncos- they were out of the Top 8 after Round 10 and never returned, finishing 12th, the lowest position in club history at the time.

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Brisbane Broncos failed to find any sort of consistency during the season, their best patch of form being four straight wins against the Titans, Tigers, Sea Eagles and Raiders.

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The Brisbane Broncos won the golden point coin toss and elected to receive, putting them in a great position to win the match.

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Brisbane Broncos started the season strongly but endured a "Post-Origin Slump" to drop out of the Top 4, finishing in 5th.

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Parker retired after the match, but Brisbane Broncos brought in embattled ex-New Zealand halfback Benji Marshall on a lifeline deal, as well as established prop Korbin Sims from Newcastle and experienced winger David Mead from the Gold Coast.

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Brisbane Broncos started their 2017 campaign in shaky fashion, winning two of their first five games, the club sitting in ninth position at the end of Round 5.

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Brisbane Broncos had signed prop Matt Lodge on a one-year deal, a move which attracted controversy, as Lodge had been out of the NRL due to his arrest in New York during the 2015 off-season.

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Brisbane Broncos were not the team they had been, and instead of being in the Top 4 race, they were just looking to make the finals.

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The Brisbane Broncos handed debuts to Patrick Carrigan, Xavier Coates, Tom Dearden, Herbie Farnworth and Keenan Palasia, while signing Rhys Kennedy and James Segeyaro mid-season.

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The Brisbane Broncos were impacted by injuries, as many players missed more than half of the shortened season.

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Brisbane Broncos brought in experienced players, John Asiata, Albert Kelly, David Mead, Dale Copley and Danny Levi in an attempt to take pressure off the young players.

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In round 8 of the 2021 NRL season, Brisbane Broncos staged an incredible comeback against the Gold Coast.

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Ex-Cowboy Te Maire Martin made his NRL return with the Brisbane Broncos, having initially retired three years prior due to a bleed on his brain.

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On July 7, the Brisbane Broncos confirmed the signing of Walsh for 2023 and beyond.

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Traditionally, the colours of the Brisbane Broncos have been maroon, white and gold, which have all long been linked to the history of rugby league in Queensland.

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The Brisbane Broncos have purchased the TAFE and have recently built a new training field and building.

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Brisbane Broncos have the largest fan base of any NRL club and they have been voted the most popular rugby league team in Australia for several years.

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The largest shareholder in the Brisbane Broncos is Nationwide News Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of News Corp Australia, which as of 30 June 2021, owned 68.

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The Brisbane Broncos currently have a number of sponsorship deals with the following:.

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Brisbane Broncos are the second most successful club in terms of percentage of total games won, having won 63.

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Six players have scored four tries in a match for the Brisbane Broncos including Steve Renouf, Wendell Sailor, Karmichael Hunt, Justin Hodges, Denan Kemp and former Australian Wallabies player, Israel Folau.

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Brisbane Broncos needed to win the match to overtake Canterbury-Bankstown but lost the match.

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Brisbane Broncos are the more successful team in the fixture with the Gold Coast only defeating Brisbane Broncos eleven times since 2007.

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Brisbane Broncos previously enjoyed derbies with the Gold Coast Chargers, until the Chargers exited the competition at the end of 1998 season, returning as the Gold Coast Titans in 2007 and before that with the Gold Coast Seagulls and Gold Coast-Tweed Giants.

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Since the 2006 decider, Brisbane Broncos have played Melbourne on 34 occasions and only won four times.

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Brisbane Broncos have three split feeder clubs from the Queensland Cup: Northern Suburbs Devils, Souths Logan Magpies and Wynnum-Manly Seagulls.

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Former feeder clubs of the Brisbane Broncos are the now-defunct Aspley Brisbane Broncos and Toowoomba Clydesdales, active clubs Central Queensland Capras, who switched to The Dolphins, Ipswich Jets who switched to Newcastle Knights, Redcliffe Dolphins who switched to New Zealand Warriors, and Burleigh Bears who switched to the Gold Coast Titans.

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In 2017, the Brisbane Broncos launched a bid to enter a team in the inaugural NRL Women's Premiership in 2018.

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