Gorden Tallis

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Gorden James Tallis
Nickname(s)
The Raging Bull
Born
Friday, 27th July, 1973
Current Age
41 years and 35 days
Place Of Birth
Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Awards & Accolades

1998
Clive Churchill Medal
1999
Dally M Second Rower Of The Year

Biography

Hard-running forward came to St George from Townsville in 1992. A reserve in St George’s grand final loss to Brisbane in 1993 Tallis was used to good effect off the interchange bench during the 1994 season and represented Queensland in the final two State of Origin matches. When the proposed Super League competition was put on hold in 1995 Tallis offered to buy out the final year of his contract with St George in order to join the Broncos but the Dragons declined the offer and subsequent court action held him to his original contract. Having already signed a Super League contract to play with Brisbane the fiery North Queensland forward chose to sit out the season rather than play a final year with St George. Tallis returned to the game in 1997 and was the most dominant forward in the Super League competition, which culminated in Brisbane’s crushing 26-8 win over Cronulla in the Telstra Cup grand final. After representing Queensland in the Tri-Series competition he made his international debut in three Super League Tests against Great Britain. The enforcer of the champion Broncos pack in 1997-98 he used his giant frame to terrorise opposing players in both attack and defence – and he wasn’t afraid to mix it with opponents when called upon. In 1998 Tallis captured another premiership with the Broncos and won the prestigious Clive Churchill Medal in the club’s 38-12 grand final win over C’bury. Tallis celebrated a remarkable year by making his Australian ‘Test’ debut in the second match of the Trans Tasman series. He continued his great personal form when chosen for the ANZac Test in 1999 and spearheaded Queensland’s State of Origin campaign in an historic tied series. However, the season ended with Brisbane’s failure to defend its premiership and Tallis was ruled out of October’s Tri-Nations competition because of injury. 2000 saw him score a try in Australia’s 52-0 thrashing of NZ in the ANZac Test but after being sent off in the opening State of Origin match for verbally abusing referee Bill Harrigan, Tallis suffered the ignominy of a whitewash defeat (his public admission that the ‘dead’ third match of the series should be cancelled was a momentary lapse in judgment that may have indirectly contributed to the Blues’ record 56-16 win). If Tallis’ stature as the most dominant forward in the game wasn’t secure following Brisbane’s 14-6 win over the Roosters in the 2000 grand final his four tries in Australia’s 82-0 humiliation of Papua New Guinea before the 2000 World Cup and his selection as Australian captain for the match against Russia (which resulted in a record 110-4 victory) certainly did. Following Australia’s World Cup victory Tallis captained a rookie Queensland team in the 34-16 win over NSW in the opening State of Origin match in 2001. Soon after, he suffered a career-threatening neck injury in a match against the N’Eagles which revealed a spinal condition that required corrective surgery. While Tallis’ season was over (despite the smokescreen of his being named on the Broncos’ interchange bench for the club’s preliminary final) he made a strong return to football in 2002. That year he was fired up by the taunts of the NSW crowd in the deciding State of Origin match in Sydney and inspired Queensland to a series draw after losing the opening match of the series. Despite losing the Australian captaincy to Andrew Johns in 2002 Tallis scored a try in Australia’s record 64-10 win over Great Britain in July and was then named Test captain (in Johns’ absence) for the one-off Test against NZ in October, which Australia won 32-24. At the end of 2003 he announced his retirement from representative football. In 2004 Tallis started to feel the effects of his neck injury and took heed of the warning signs his body was emitting and retired for good after the Broncos’ 10-0 loss to the North Queensland in the semi-final – ironically, played in Townsville, where the career of the champion forward started all those years ago. Tallis was nominated to the NRL Board in January 2005. Autobiography, Raging Bull (2003).

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia (SL) 1997 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Australia 1998-00, 2002-03 13 9 -   - 36 13 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1997-2003 16 9 0   0 36 15 1 0 93.75% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1998-2000 5 1 -   - 4 5 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 2000 5 1 0   0 4 5 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Queensland 1994, 1998-03 17 4 -   - 16 5 10 2 29.41% Match list
Queensland (SL) 1997 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1994-2003 20 4 0   0 16 6 12 2 30.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRL 1992 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
St George NSWRL 1993 15 1 -   - 4 12 3 0 80.00% Match list
St George NSWRL 1994 17 4 1 / 1 100.00% - 18 7 10 0 41.18% Match list
St George ARL 1995 21 12 0 / 2 0.00% - 48 12 9 0 57.14% Match list
Brisbane Super League 1997 19 3 -   - 12 15 3 1 78.95% Match list
Brisbane NRL 1998 25 8 -   - 32 19 5 1 76.00% Match list
Brisbane NRL 1999 20 7 -   - 28 8 10 2 40.00% Match list
Brisbane NRL 2000 23 9 -   - 36 18 3 2 78.26% Match list
Brisbane NRL 2001 10 3 -   - 12 7 2 1 70.00% Match list
Brisbane NRL 2002 24 10 -   - 40 15 8 1 62.50% Match list
Brisbane NRL 2003 18 4 -   - 16 11 7 0 61.11% Match list
Brisbane NRL 2004 21 5 -   - 20 13 7 1 61.90% Match list
Overall 1992-2004 ? 66 1 / 3 33.33% 0 266 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1992-95 54 17 1 / 3 33.33% - 70 32 22 0 59.26% Match list
Brisbane 1997-04 160 49 -   - 196 106 45 9 66.25% Match list
Overall 1992-2004 ? 66 1 / 3 33.33% 0 266 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1992-1995 4 1 -   - 4 2 2 0 50.00% Match list
Brisbane 1997-00, 2002-04 15 5 -   - 20 9 6 0 60.00% Match list
Overall 1993-2004 19 6 0   0 24 11 8 0 57.89% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1992-95 54 17 1   - 70 34 24 0 62.96% Match list
Brisbane 1997-04 161 55 -   - 220 115 52 9 71.43% Match list
Overall 1992-2004 ? 72 1   0 290 ? ? ? ?  

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