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Shane Webcke could well be regarded as a modern-day sporting marvel. Not only is he one of the most decorated front row forwards to have played rugby league during its 100 years, he is also one of the most intelligent. And, he is one of the most universally liked and respected.

Born in to a battling farming family on Queensland's Darling Downs on September 26 1974, Webcke was 'given' very little' except love, guidance and ethics from his mum and dad. What he gained as a youngster growing up he worked for, and he realised that if he was to make his way in the world as a successful rugby league player, he would have to continue down that road.

He joined the Clifton-Allora Bulldogs (later to become Wattles) as a six year-old and when he left the club to join the Brisbane Broncos a decade later, he had won a grand final in every single year he played. However, despite his obvious talent, Webcke never made a junior rep footy team. In fact his first Queensland jersey was as a State of Origin prop in 1998.

Webcke went on to play 21 times for Queensland. He also played 19 Tests for Australia and during his career became the No.1 prop of his era and is regarded as one of the best of all time in his position. In 2008, the Centenary of Rugby League, Webcke was selected by a panel of expert judges as among the 100 Greatest Players of all time.

But his greatest contribution to rugby league was as a stalwart for his beloved Brisbane Broncos. In a career spanning 12 seasons, he played 263 first grade matches, was a member of four premiership teams and captained the club on 10 occasions. He also won the prestigious Paul Morgan Medal as Player of the Year on two occasions and has been awarded life membership of the Broncos.

Shane Webcke retired from rugby league at the end of Season 2006, with another premiership victory, and among his other media and business interests, is now an engaging motivational speaker and raconteur. While his sporting story is an enlightening one, his insight in to the success of the Broncos and his opinions on character building and principles gained from a self-disciplined life are both engrossing and insightful.