Laurie Daley

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Monday, 20th October, 1969
Current Age
50 years and 53 days
Place Of Birth
Junee, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Five-Eighth Of The Year
1995, 1996
Dally M Player Of The Year
1995
RLW Player of the Year
1995
Dally M Captain Of The Year
1996
Australian Hall Of Fame
2008

Biography

Signed by Don Furner in 1986 after he was spotted playing first grade at Junee as a 16-year-old Laurie Daley was graded in the club's Jersey Flegg side in 1987. By the end of the year he was sitting on the bench in the Raiders' grand final loss to Manly. Daley never played a reserve grade game during his career and represented Country Origin in 1988 after only a handful of matches. In 1989 he broke into the NSW team as a centre and played a major role in Canberra's triumphant fightback in the grand final against Balmain. His head bandaged after suffering a nasty gash, Daley threw the overhead pass that resulted in John Ferguson's try and took the match into extra-time. During the 1990s Daley showed his immeasurable talents at both centre and five-eighth. He partnered Allan Langer against NZ in his Test debut 1990 and showed big-match experience beyond his years in scoring a great try in Canberra's grand final win over Penrith that year. In what became a familiar pattern during his career, an injured hand kept him out of the First Test on the 1990 Kangaroo Tour and he played in just 6 matches, including three Tests. In 1991 Daley recovered from yet another injury to take his place in the deciding two Tests of the Trans Tasman series but he was not as effective in the Raiders’ grand final loss to Penrith because of a knee injury. At age 22 in 1992, he captained NSW Country to its first win over City in 17 years before leading NSW to State of Origin victory. Daley was selected in the centres against Great Britain but was moved back to pivot for the deciding Third Test of the Ashes series. Injury ruled him out of Australia's World Cup triumph at year’s end but in 1993, he deputised for the suspended Mal Meninga and captained Australia in the First Test against the Kiwis in Auckland. Daley's coolly-potted field goal salvaged a 14-all draw against NZ before Meninga returned to lead Australia to a series victory. 1994 saw Daley's reputation as one of the world's best players secured. He captained NSW to victory in a third consecutive State of Origin series; was the architect of Australia's 58-0 thrashing of France at P’matta Stadium and played a starring role in Canberra's grand final rout of C’bury. To cap a memorable year he was a try-scorer in each of Australia's three Test wins on the Kangaroo Tour. As unofficial 'vice-captain' on the 1994 tour, and with a taste of the Australian Test captaincy already behind him, Daley was the logical successor to out-going Test captain Mal Meninga until a pre-season controversy concerning the choice of Ricky Stuart as Canberra captain seemed to cloud the issue. This problem, which was momentarily solved when Stuart relinquished the captaincy, paled into significance once Daley and his Canberra team-mates aligned with Super League. Stood down from representative duty in 1995 by the ARL Daley was nevertheless named ‘Dally M’ Player of the Year and was regularly used as a ‘rebel’ figurehead during the ensuing years. In 1996 Daley was overlooked for the NSW captaincy and declined an Australian Test jersey along with a swag of Super League-signed players when an increasingly isolated ARL tried to sanction a match against a ‘NZ’ team chosen from domestic club players. In the divided 1997 season he valiantly led Super League’s NSW team to Tri-Series victory and Australia to series wins over NZ and Great Britain. Daley never gave anything short of his best and in the reunited 1998 season, retained the Australian captaincy for the ANZac Test. Australia lost the Test, 22-16, and injury saw him miss the two post-season Tests against NZ. Daley returned to the Australian Test team in the ANZac Day Test in the early part of 1999 (minus the captaincy in what was to be his final match for Australia) but he clearly struggled when his hamstring injury again flared. Following the departure of Ricky Stuart and Bradley Clyde Raiders’ fans were buoyed by the news that Daley would see out his career with the club. After playing for NSW in three State of Origin matches, injury ruled him out of Australia’s Tri-Nations campaign in October 1999. The then record holder for most first grade games with the Raiders (since surpassed by Jason Croker) Daley reluctantly announced his retirement midway through the 2000 season due to chronic knee problems. Daley joined Fox Sports and won a place on the NSW selection panel. In 2001 the Canberra club unveiled a statue at Bruce Stadium in his honour – a fitting tribute to one of the greats of the modern era. Biography: Always a Winner (2000).

- 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 1990-94, 1998-99 21 11 -   2 46 17 3 1 80.95% Match list
Australia (SL) 1997 5 4 -   - 16 3 2 0 60.00% Match list
Overall 1990-1999 26 15 0   2 62 20 5 1 76.92% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1990-92 5 4 -   - 16 5 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1990-1992 5 4 0   0 16 5 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Country 1988-90, 1992-94, 1996 7 3 -   - 12 3 4 0 42.86% Match list
New South Wales 1989-94, 1996, 1998-99 23 6 1   - 26 13 9 1 56.52% Match list
New South Wales (SL) 1997 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1988-1999 33 9 1   0 38 19 13 1 57.58% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra NSWRL 1987 6 2 -   - 8 3 3 0 50.00% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1988 19 12 -   - 48 11 8 0 57.89% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1989 21 16 27 / 46 58.70% - 118 15 6 0 71.43% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1990 20 9 3 / 5 60.00% - 42 14 5 1 70.00% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1991 14 3 1 / 2 50.00% - 14 11 3 0 78.57% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1992 7 3 -   2 14 4 3 0 57.14% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1993 21 6 -   1 25 14 6 1 66.67% Match list
Canberra NSWRL 1994 15 5 -   1 21 10 5 0 66.67% Match list
Canberra ARL 1995 23 11 2 / 7 28.57% - 48 20 3 0 86.96% Match list
Canberra ARL 1996 21 3 4 / 12 33.33% - 20 12 8 1 57.14% Match list
Canberra Super League 1997 21 5 7 / 10 70.00% 2 36 12 9 0 57.14% Match list
Canberra NRL 1998 10 2 -   - 8 5 5 0 50.00% Match list
Canberra NRL 1999 20 5 -   2 22 10 9 1 50.00% Match list
Canberra NRL 2000 26 5 0 / 2 0.00% 1 21 15 11 0 57.69% Match list
Overall 1987-2000 244 87 44 / 84 52.38% 9 445 156 84 4 63.93% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1987-00 244 87 44 / 84 52.38% 9 445 156 84 4 63.93% Match list
Overall 1987-2000 244 87 44 / 84 52.38% 9 445 156 84 4 63.93% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1987-91, 1993-97, 2000 27 6 6   - 36 15 12 0 55.56% Match list
Overall 1987-2000 27 6 6   0 36 15 12 0 55.56% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1987-00 245 90 45   9 459 156 85 4 63.67% Match list
Overall 1987-2000 ? 90 45   9 459 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Jason Ganter says: This bloke should have been a Queenslander, never gave up. I really enjoyed watching him play. (28/04/2009)

scott says: i think laurie was the best player in the world he took nsw to mighty victorys and australia and won three premierships in my eyes he is the best i have ever saw (22/09/2012)

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