Few sights in rugby league had the power to get fans on their feet like seeing Steve Renouf in full flight.
The fleet-footed centre with the trademark headgear was known as the “Pearl” during his stellar 11-year career with the Brisbane Broncos, and his try-scoring exploits made him one of the most feared attacking weapons in the game.
His brilliance with the ball in hand was summed up in the Broncos’ 1992 grand final win over St George, when Renouf scorched upfield for 85 metres in a breathtaking runaway try.
Renouf would ultimately finish with four premierships with the Broncos – 1992, 1993, 1997 and 1998 – scoring three tries in Brisbane’s Super League grand final win over Cronulla in 1997.
He played in a further two grand finals with Wigan in the English Super League after leaving the Broncos at the tail-end of his career, but was on the losing side both times.
Renouf was such a potent try-scorer that even now, 20 years after his final game for the Broncos, he still holds the club record for most tries scored for Brisbane with 142.
Renouf also holds the Broncos record for most tries scored in a game with four – a feat he achieved a remarkable five times between 1991 and 1998 – and the record for tries in a season after crossing the tryline 23 times in 21 games in 1994.
Renouf also played 11 State of Origin games for Queensland, and 10 Tests for Australia.
His debut in the green and gold was in the 1992 World Cup final in front of more than 73,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, with Renouf scoring the only try of the match in Australia’s 10-6 victory.
Steve Renouf -
|Brisbane Broncos||183 NRL matches|
|Wigan Warriors||59 ESL matches|
|Queensland||11 Origin games (plus 2 Super League game)|
|Australia||10 Tests (plus 1 Super League Tests)|
The match will be played as the curtain-raiser to the NRL blockbuster between the Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos.
The Deadly Choices #AllStar Invitational kicks off from 3:30pm, with the NRL Queensland derby kicking off at 5:30pm.