Dale Shearer

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Rowdy
Born
Sunday, 25th July, 1965
Current Age
53 years and 336 days

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Representative Player Of The Year
1987

Biography

Versatile backline player proved his value at fullback, wing and centre at Test, state and with several clubs during an eventful career. Shearer came to Manly from Sarina, near Mackay in Nth Queensland, in 1985 and after a strong start to the season made his State of Origin debut as a winger. In 1986 he played his first Test (against NZ) and toured with the Kangaroos at year’s end. On tour, Shearer scored 12 tries in 13 matches and played in two Tests against Great Britain and two against France. He also played for Widnes in 1987, the year Manly won the premiership, but despite four Test appearances during the next two years his relationship with the Sea Eagles soured. In 1989 Shearer was at the centre of legal action when he took up club secretary Doug Daley's alleged offer for any player to quit the club if they were unhappy, only to be told that the offer had been revoked. Coach Graham Lowe released him from his contract and although Shearer had a mixed year with the Broncos, he appeared in all 7 Tests that year which included a second Kangaroo Tour. Shearer’s form in Australia's 24-8 loss to NZ in Melbourne in 1991 was well below par and it at first appeared that his international career may be over. Released by Brisbane due to salary cap restrictions, Shearer signed with the G’Coast in 1992 and despite a knee injury threatening to end his career, he was one of Queensland’s best players at fullback in the State of Origin series. He was selected as a centre in the Australian Test teams against Great Britain but was ruled unfit before each of the three matches. The following year Shearer again starred for Queensland and was Australia's fullback in three Tests against NZ. An inconsistent performer at club level, G’Coast got little value from him in 1994 and he proved to be one of the modern game's most fickle 'guns for hire' when he signed on with the South Queensland Crushers for their debut season in 1995. However, Shearer showed that he was not a spent force when he scored a hat-trick of tries against P’matta in his first match after a nine-month lay-off through injury. Shearer proved his experience when selected in a nondescript Queensland side in 1995 at the height of Super League defections and was a late call-up to his State at five-eighth in 1996. After a season with Easts, Shearer was enjoying good form with his sixth club when he was sacked for disciplinary reasons by the North Queensland midway through the 1998 season.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1986-91, 1993 21 13 6   - 64 17 3 1 80.95% Match list
Overall 1986-1993 21 13 6   0 64 17 3 1 80.95% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1986, 1988-90 7 9 -   - 36 7 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1986-1990 7 9 0   0 36 7 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Queensland 1985-87, 1989-93, 1995-96 26 12 9   - 66 11 15 0 42.31% Match list
Aus Presidents XIII 1985 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1985-1996 27 12 9   0 66 12 15 0 44.44% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1985 22 8 -   - 32 13 9 0 59.09% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1986 19 10 -   1 41 10 8 1 52.63% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1987 20 13 -   - 52 15 4 1 75.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1988 8 5 -   - 20 4 4 0 50.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1989 17 9 5 / 8 62.50% - 46 7 9 1 41.18% Match list
Brisbane NSWRL 1990 18 10 46 / 83 55.42% - 132 12 5 1 66.67% Match list
Brisbane NSWRL 1991 9 5 2 / 6 33.33% - 24 5 4 0 55.56% Match list
Gold Coast NSWRL 1992 9 1 11 / 18 61.11% - 26 2 7 0 22.22% Match list
Gold Coast NSWRL 1993 18 1 2 / 4 50.00% 1 9 1 17 0 5.56% Match list
Gold Coast NSWRL 1994 6 1 4 / 4 100.00% 1 13 2 3 1 33.33% Match list
South Queensland ARL 1995 3 4 -   - 16 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
South Queensland ARL 1996 7 1 1 / 3 33.33% - 6 0 7 0 0.00% Match list
Sydney City ARL 1997 11 2 -   - 8 6 5 0 54.55% Match list
North Queensland NRL 1998 13 2 2 / 2 100.00% - 12 7 6 0 53.85% Match list
Overall 1985-1998 180 72 73   3 437 86 89 5 47.78% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1985-89 86 45 5   1 191 49 34 3 56.98% Match list
Brisbane 1990-91 27 15 48 / 89 53.93% - 156 17 9 1 62.96% Match list
Gold Coast 1992-94 33 3 17 / 26 65.38% 2 48 5 27 1 15.15% Match list
South Queensland 1995-96 10 5 1 / 3 33.33% - 22 2 8 0 20.00% Match list
Sydney City 1997 11 2 -   - 8 6 5 0 54.55% Match list
North Queensland 1998 13 2 2 / 2 100.00% - 12 7 6 0 53.85% Match list
Overall 1985-1998 180 72 73   3 437 86 89 5 47.78% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1985-1988 4 1 -   - 4 2 2 0 50.00% Match list
Brisbane 1990 1 - 1   - 2 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Sydney City 1997 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1986-1997 6 1 1   0 6 2 4 0 33.33% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1985-89 87 45 5   1 191 49 35 3 56.32% Match list
Brisbane 1990-91 27 15 48   - 156 17 9 1 62.96% Match list
Gold Coast 1992-94 33 3 17   2 48 5 27 1 15.15% Match list
South Queensland 1995-96 10 5 1   - 22 2 8 0 20.00% Match list
Sydney City 1997 11 2 -   - 8 6 5 0 54.55% Match list
North Queensland 1998 13 2 2   - 12 7 6 0 53.85% Match list
Overall 1985-1998 181 72 73   3 437 86 90 5 47.51% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes Championship 1987/88 ? 4 11   - 38  
Overall 1987-1988 ? 6 11   0 46 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes 1987-88 ? 6 11   - 46 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1987-1988 ? 6 11   0 46 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Paul Carter says: In 2000 Shearer carried the Olympic Torch.He carried the Olympic Torch on Day 17 of the Torch Relay for the Sydney Olympics. (05/12/2013)

Kev says: A real comeback king! Great player (16/07/2015)

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