The Brisbane Broncos are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the city of Brisbane , the capital of the state of Queensland . Founded in 1987, the Broncos play in Australasia's elite competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership. They have won six premierships and two World Club Challenge s. The Broncos have achieved four minor premiership s during their 27 years in competition, making them the League's most successful club over the past two decades. The Broncos have never been lower than 12th place on the NRL ladder, making them the only team to have not been bottom placed in their history. Until 2015 Brisbane had never been defeated in a grand final , and between 1991 and 2009 they never failed to qualify for the finals. They are the most successful club since the National Rugby League began in 1998, winning a record three premierships in this era. They are also one of the most successful clubs in the history of rugby league, having won 63% of their games since their induction in 1988, second only to Melbourne Storm with 64%.The club records the highest annual revenue out of all NRL clubs-$32.8m for the 2012 financial year-and is one of the most valuable clubs of any code in Australia, worth over $42 million. Along with financial competitiveness, the Broncos have been voted one of Australia's most popular and most watched football teams, and has one of the highest average attendances of any rugby club in the world; 33,337 in the 2012 NRL season.The club was founded in 1987 as part of the Winfield Cup 's national expansion, becoming, along with the Gold Coast-Tweed Giants , one of Queensland's first two participants in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership . The Broncos later became a 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 reunified National Rugby League competition. The Broncos are based in the Brisbane suburb of Red Hill where their training ground and Leagues club are located, but they play their home games at Milton's Suncorp Stadium . They are the only publicly listed sporting club on the Australian Securities Exchange , trading as Brisbane Broncos Limited (BBL).

History


Queensland's success in the 1980s, the early years of the State of Origin series between Queensland and New South Wales, in addition to the inclusion of a combined Brisbane Rugby League team in the mid-week competition, convinced the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) to invite a Queensland-based team into the competition.In 1995, the Super League War broke out. After threats of expulsion from the NSWRL, the Broncos were one of the last clubs to sign with the new league and all players followed suit (The Canberra Raiders, Canterbury Bulldogs and Cronulla Sharks were the first to sign, and it was only revealed many years later that the Broncos were in fact one of the last clubs to sign for either competition). Broncos CEO John Ribot moved to take over the running of the rebel Super League, leading to a perception that the conflict was orchestrated by the club. Brisbane won the only Super League premiership in 1997, before winning the first National Rugby League trophy in the re-unified 1998 competition. This extra workload has caused a loss of form for the club immediately after the series, evidenced in 2003 when the ladder-leading Broncos lost 10 of their last 11 games. Despite faring better in 2004 and 2005, the team still struggled in the latter stages of the season, losing all of their finals matches. Ivan Henjak , a former rugby league player who had been assistant coach with the Broncos since the beginning of 2006, was named their second-ever coach, commencing as coach for the 2009 season. Their 2009 season included their worst-ever post-Origin slump, featuring three matches in a row where the opposing team scored more than 40 points, concluding with a 56-0 loss to Canberra on 1 August 2009. They rallied around and in their match against Penrith two rounds later, they won 58-24. This snapback (after Penrith, they won the rest of their games that season) got them into the finals for the 18th year running, but they fell against Melbourne in the 3rd preliminary final by 40-10.Their 2010 season started moderately: a 30-24 win against North Queensland, a 14-22 loss to Canberra, and a 48-16 hammering by the Warriors on 28 March 2010. On Monday 29 March, former Broncos player and recruitment agent Allan Langer was caught drink-driving in Brisbane's northside.Apart from a late season 10-6 win against eventual premiers St George Illawarra, the 2010 season was one to forget; with injuries and poor form seeing the Broncos out of the finals for the first time since 1991. The Broncos missing the finals now means that every club has missed the finals at least once since the 2002 season.In February 2011, it was announced that Ivan Henjak was to be sacked from the club, only three weeks before the beginning of the season. Anthony Griffin took over as coach for the 2011 season, becoming just the third head coach in the history of the Brisbane Broncos. He led the club to a third-place finish at the end of the season, losing to eventual premiers Manly in the preliminary finals.2012 marked the Broncos' 25th season in the NRL competition. They finished eighth on the premiership ladder, and were knocked out of the finals in the first week, losing 33-16 to the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville. 2013 saw the Broncos finish 12th on the NRL ladder, marking its lowest ever finish in the club's history and seeing the club out of the finals for only the second time since 1991.In what is considered by some commentators to be one of the best Grand Finals in recent history the 2015 Grand Final against the North Queensland Cowboys went in to Golden Point overtime for the first time. Jonathan Thurston , after missing a match winning try conversion after the 80 minutes, kicked a field goal 2 minutes into the Golden Point period to win the match for the North Queensland Cowboys 17-16.As of 2015, the Broncos are currently experiencing their longest premiership drought, having endured nine completed seasons without winning the premiership since their most recent success in 2006.

Current Standings


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1Brisbane Broncos10802276:11716
2Melbourne Storm10802223:12416
3North Queensland Cowboys10703279:14014
4Cronulla Sharks9702219:15814
5Parramatta Eels10604184:14112
6Canterbury Bulldogs9504173:15210
7Penrith Panthers10505198:19710
8St. George Illawarra Dragons10505105:19810
9Canberra Raiders10415229:2159
10South Sydney Rabbitohs10406204:2198
11Manly Sea Eagles10406178:2268
12New Zealand Warriors10406208:2628
13Gold Coast Titans9306170:2116
14Wests Tigers9306184:2396
15Sydney Roosters9207167:2074
16Newcastle Knights9117102:2933

Recent Matches


Brisbane Broncos Last 5 Results
DateHomeScoreAwayNotesDetails
27 May 2016Brisbane Broncos18 - 19Wests Tigers   Details
25 Mar 2016Brisbane Broncos21 - 20North Queensland CowboysAfter Extra TimeDetails
22 Apr 2016Brisbane Broncos30 - 8South Sydney Rabbitohs   Details
20 May 2016North Queensland Cowboys19 - 18Brisbane Broncos   Details
19 Mar 2016Penrith Panthers23 - 22Brisbane Broncos   Details


Brisbane Broncos Next 5 Matches
DateHomevsAwayNotesDetails
01 Jul 2016Brisbane BroncosvsMelbourne Storm   Details
01 Sep 2016Brisbane BroncosvsSydney Roosters   Details
04 Aug 2016St. George Illawarra DragonsvsBrisbane Broncos   Details
11 Aug 2016Brisbane BroncosvsParramatta Eels   Details
16 Jul 2016South Sydney RabbitohsvsBrisbane Broncos   Details

Emblem and colours


It had originally been planned for the Brisbane Broncos to adopt a logo incorporating both a kangaroo and a stylised "Q" which had been featured in the logo for the Queensland Rugby League for many years. However, with the Australian national rugby league team also known as the Kangaroos, this was deemed inappropriate and conflicting. The state flower the Cooktown Orchid and the Poinsettia which had long been used by Brisbane representative teams in the Bulimba Cup and midweek knockout competitions was also ruled out, along with other Australian animals such as the brumby , possum , galah and the kookaburra , which was used on Brisbane's Kookaburra Queen paddleships. Having wanted to continue with the use of alliteration for local sporting teams such as the Brisbane Bullets and Brisbane Bears , the club's directors eventually decided on the nickname Bronco s. The Australian newspaper has described the name as "Mystifyingly American".The original club logo was first featured in the Broncos' inaugural season in the premiership in 1988 and was used until 1999. It used a mostly gold colour scheme, in line with the predominant colour on the team jerseys. In 2000, the club adopted a new logo with a more maroon design, which was much closer to the traditional colour associated with Queensland rugby league and Queensland sport in general. were adopted as the club's colours.In the inaugural 1988 season, the club's jersey design featured the top third being gold, the middle being alternating hoops of maroon and white and the bottom third being maroon. Although this design featured gold strongly, it did not please everyone as the jersey had to differentiate from the maroon and white of Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the maroon of the Queensland rugby league team . In 2001, following the release of the club's predominantly white with navy-blue and maroon away jersey, the National Rugby League ordered the club to produce a third jersey since the new away jersey clashed with the home jerseys of the Penrith Panthers , Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors . An aqua strip using the same design as the jerseys used from 1999 to 2001 was worn, which was much derided by the local media. Following two years of public pressure the club dropped the jersey in favour of the design worn against Newcastle in 2003. the team moved back to the refurbished and renamed Suncorp Stadium upon its completion in mid-2003. The more centrally-located stadium has begun to attract larger crowds, with the 2006 average attendance of 31,208 being significantly higher than the Newcastle Knights with 21,848 and about double the regular season competition average of 15,601.The club record attendance for a regular season match is 58,593, set against the St. George Dragons in the final round of the 1993 season. The record attendance for a match at Suncorp Stadium is 50,859 for Darren Lockyer's final home game. Before kick-off at the Stadium an instrumental version of Led Zeppelin 's "Kashmir" is routinely played.The Broncos all-time home attendance record was set at ANZ Stadium during the 1997 Super League Grand Final when 58,912 saw the Broncos defeat the Cronulla Sharks 26-8 to claim the only Super League premiership played in Australia.

Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club


This section will be updated later.

Supporters


The 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. A Broncos supporters group called "The Thoroughbreds" which is made up of prominent businessmen, made an unsuccessful bid to purchase News Ltd's controlling share of the club in 2007.Average Regular Season Attendance
  • 1988 : 16,111 (lowest home attendance)
  • 1989 : 18,217
  • 1990 : 22,709
  • 1991 : 19,463
  • 1992 : 21,687
  • 1993 : 43,200 (largest home attendance)
  • 1994 : 37,705
  • 1995 : 35,902
  • 1996 : 23,712
  • 1997 : 19,298
  • 1998 : 20,073
  • 1999 : 22,763
  • 2000 : 21,239
  • 2001 : 19,710
  • 2002 : 20,131
  • 2003 : 24,326
  • 2004 : 28,667
  • 2005 : 30,331
  • 2006 : 31,208
  • 2007 : 32,868
  • 2008 : 33,426
  • 2009 : 34,587
  • 2010 : 35,032
  • 2011 : 33,209
  • 2012 : 33,337
  • 2013 : 30,480
  • 2014 : 34,235
  • 2015 : 36,096
  • Notable supporters Notable supporters of this club, amongst others, include:
  • Allan Border , Australian cricket captain
  • Andrew Symonds , international cricketer
  • Ian Healy , Former International wicket-keeper
  • Karl Stefanovic , television presenter
  • Ken Talbot , mining magnate
  • Patrick Rafter , retired tennis player
  • Kevin Rudd , Former Australian Prime Minister
  • Sally Pearson , Olympic athlete
  • Steve Irwin , TV personality and environmentalist
  • Terry Price, professional golfer
  • Samantha Stosur , professional tennis player and 2011 US Open champion
  • Les Hiddins , Former Australian Soldier, known as "The Bush Tucker Man"
  • Patty Mills , Professional Basketballer
  • Carl Barron , Australian Comedian
  • Rick Price , musician
  • Don Walker, musician
  • Dami Im , singer, winner of The X Factor Australia in 2013
  • Cate Campbell , Australian swimmer and Olympic Gold medalist
  • Lincoln Lewis , Australian Actor
  • Chris Lynn , Australian Cricketer
  • Mark Hunt , mixed martial artist
  • Craig Lowndes , V8 Supercar Driver
  • Corporate


    The Broncos are the only publicly listed NRL club. The parent company of the Brisbane Broncos is Nationwide News Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of News Limited , which as of 30 June 2007, owns 68.87% of Broncos shares. John Ribot , a former first grade rugby league player in Queensland and New South Wales, was the club's original chief executive officer (CEO). Ribot left when he signed to become the CEO of the rebel Australian rugby league competition Super League. (p. 24,112) Shane Edwards, the Broncos Marketing Manager at the time, was promoted to CEO and later resigned. Bruno Cullen, who had been with the Broncos' off-field staff since 1989, became the club's third CEO in 2003.

    Players


    2016 NRL Squad

    Brisbane Broncos current squad

    Notable players

      For a full list of Broncos representatives, see List of Brisbane Broncos representatives Due to the club's premiership success and its being the dominant Queensland team in the competition for the majority of its participation, the Brisbane Broncos' list of representative players is extensive. Consequently, there have been a large number of Queensland Maroons in the team. In 2007, a 20-man legends team was announced to celebrate the club's 20-year anniversary.
    Broncos Legends
    First team squad Interchange
  • 1 Darren Lockyer (FB)
  • 2 Michael Hancock (WG)
  • 3 Steve Renouf (CE)
  • 4 Michael De Vere (CE)
  • 5 Wendell Sailor (WG)
  • 6 Wally Lewis (FE)
  • 7 Allan Langer (HB)
  • 8 Shane Webcke (PR)
  • 9 Kerrod Walters (HK)
  • 10 Petero Civoniceva (PR)
  • 11 Gorden Tallis (SR)
  • 12 Brad Thorn (SR)
  • 13 Tonie Carroll (LK)
  • 14 Shaun Berrigan (HK)
  • 15 Andrew Gee (PR)
  • 16 Gene Miles (SR)
  • 17 Glenn Lazarus (PR)
  • 18 Chris Johns (CE)
  • 19 Terry Matterson (LK)
  • 20 Kevin Walters (FE)
  • Statistics and records


    The Brisbane Broncos are the second most successful club in terms of percentage of total games won, having won 63.63% of their games, as of 29 August 2012. This is marginally less (0.01%) than first placed Melbourne Storm . In their twenty completed seasons, the club has made a total of seven Grand Finals, winning 6 and losing 1 to the North Qld Cowboys in 2015. They are one of only two clubs to have won the World Club Challenge twice, and were the first club to do so on British soil. They also won the now defunct Panasonic Cup in 1989. 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 Israel Folau . Renouf achieved this feat five times from 1991 to 1998.The club's biggest winning margin is 65 points, achieved in 2007 in a 71-6 victory over the Newcastle Knights . Their heaviest defeat is a 56-0 loss by the Canberra Raiders on 1 August 2009.

    Season summary

    P=Premiers, R=Runners-up, M=Minor Premierships, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoons
    (Brackets Represent Finals Games)
    Competition Games
    Played
    Games
    Won
    Games
    Drawn
    Games
    Lost
    Ladder
    Position
    P R M F W Coach Captain Details
    1988 NSWRL season
    22 14 0 8 7 / 16
    Wayne Bennett
    Wally Lewis
    1988 Brisbane Broncos season
    1989 NSWRL season
    22 (1) 14 (0) 0 (0) 8 (1) 5 / 16
    1989 Brisbane Broncos season
    1990 NSWRL season
    22 (3) 16 (1) 1 (0) 5 (2) 2 / 16
    Gene Miles
    1990 Brisbane Broncos season
    1991 NSWRL season
    22 13 0 9 7 / 16
    1991 Brisbane Broncos season
    1992 NSWRL season
    22 (2) 18 (2) 0 (0) 4 (0) 1 / 16
    Allan Langer
    1992 Brisbane Broncos season
    1993 NSWRL season
    22 (4) 16 (4) 0 (0) 6 (0) 5 / 16
    1993 Brisbane Broncos season
    1994 NSWRL season
    22 (2) 13 (1) 1 (0) 8 (1) 5 / 16
    1994 Brisbane Broncos season
    1995 ARL season
    22 (2) 17 (0) 0 (0) 5 (2) 3 / 20
    1995 Brisbane Broncos season
    1996 ARL season
    21 (2) 17 (0) 0 (0) 4 (2) 2 / 20
    1996 Brisbane Broncos season
    1997 SL season
    18 (2) 14 (2) 1 (0) 3 (0) 1 / 10
    -
    1997 Brisbane Broncos season
    1998 NRL season
    24 (4) 18 (3) 1 (0) 5 (1) 1 / 20
    -
    1998 Brisbane Broncos season
    1999 NRL season
    24 (1) 13 (0) 2 (0) 9 (1) 8 / 17
    1999 Brisbane Broncos season
    Kevin Walters
    2000 NRL season
    26 (3) 18 (3) 2 (0) 6 (0) 1 / 14
    2000 Brisbane Broncos season
    2001 NRL season
    26 (3) 14 (1) 1 (0) 11 (2) 5 / 14
    Gorden Tallis
    2001 Brisbane Broncos season
    2002 NRL season
    24 (2) 16 (1) 1 (0) 7 (1) 3 / 15
    2002 Brisbane Broncos season
    2003 NRL season
    24 (1) 12 (0) 0 (0) 12 (1) 8 / 15
    2003 Brisbane Broncos season
    2004 NRL season
    24 (2) 16 (0) 1 (0) 7 (2) 3 / 15
    2004 Brisbane Broncos season
    2005 NRL season
    24 (2) 15 (0) 0 (0) 9 (2) 3 / 15
    Darren Lockyer
    2005 Brisbane Broncos season
    2006 NRL season
    24 (4) 14 (3) 0 (0) 10 (1) 3 / 15
    2006 Brisbane Broncos season
    2007 NRL season
    24 (1) 11 (0) 0 (0) 13 (1) 8 / 16
    2007 Brisbane Broncos season
    2008 NRL season
    24 (2) 14 (1) 1 (0) 9 (1) 5 / 16
    2008 Brisbane Broncos season
    2009 NRL season
    24 (3) 14 (2) 0 (0) 10 (1) 6 / 16
    Ivan Henjak
    2009 Brisbane Broncos season
    2010 NRL season
    24 11 0 13 10 / 16 -
    2010 Brisbane Broncos season
    2011 NRL season
    24 (3) 18 (2) 0 (0) 6 (1) 3 / 16
    Anthony Griffin
    2011 Brisbane Broncos season
    2012 NRL season
    24 (1) 12 (0) 0 (0) 12 (1) 8 / 16 ---
    -
    Sam Thaiday
    2012 Brisbane Broncos season
    2013 NRL season
    24 10 1 13 12 / 16 -----
    2013 Brisbane Broncos season
    2014 NRL season
    24 (1)12 (0)0 (0)12 (1)8/16 ---
    -
    Corey Parker and Justin Hodges
    2014 Brisbane Broncos season
    2015 NRL season
    24 17 0 7 2/16
    Wayne Bennett
    Justin Hodges
    2015 Brisbane Broncos season

    Honours


  • World Club Challenge: 2     1992, 1997
  • Premiership: 6     1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006
  • Minor Premiership: 4     1992, 1997, 1998, 2000
  • Panasonic Cup: 1     1989
  • Lotto Challenge Cup: 1     1991
  • Tooheys Challenge: 1     1995
  • Runners Up: 1     2015The Paul Morgan Medal is awarded annually to the Brisbane Broncos' player of the year. it is named after one of the club's founders, Paul 'Porky' Morgan.