Brett Kenny

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Brett Edward Kenny
Nickname(s)
Bert
Born
Thursday, 16th March, 1961
Current Age
60 years and 224 days
Place Of Birth
Gerringong, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Clive Churchill Medal
1982, 1983
Golden Boot Award
1985
Lance Todd Trophy
1985
Dally M Representative Player Of The Year
1986
Australian Hall Of Fame
2008

Biography

One of the most naturally gifted players to emerge during the modern era, Brett Kenny possessed cat-like anticipation, dazzling acceleration and a great step. The son of Australian Baseball rep Alan Kenny scored two tries in a hat-trick of grand final wins for P’matta (1981-83) and played in 17 Tests for Australia before standing down from Test duty in 1988. The Guildford junior was graded with the Eels in 1980 and was partnering Mick Cronin in the centres before the end of the year. Linking with halfback Peter Sterling, Kenny formed a classic combination at the scrumbase with the pair playing in five grand finals (1981-84 & 1986). He made his debut for NSW in 1982 and his brilliant form on the Kangaroo tour kept vice-captain Wally Lewis out of the Test line-ups. Kenny played in all six Tests on tour against Papua New Guinea, Great Britain and France but from 1984, the remainder of his Test career was played in the centres with Lewis at pivot and captain. English fans saw Kenny at his absolute best during his stay with Wigan in 1985. He scored another double in the club's win over Hull in the Challenge Cup final and became the first Australian player to win the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match. (Champion Great Britain winger Billy Boston lauded him as the finest player he had seen - high praise indeed). Kenny's clashes with Wally Lewis during 17 interstate matches in the early years of State of Origin football became legendary and the pair was featured on the Winfield State of Origin trophy. In the 1986 grand final against C’bury, Kenny was again twice across the line but could not force the ball. P’matta won their fourth premiership, 4-2, and at seasons’ end Kenny toured with the Kangaroos for a second time. In 1986 he won the Adidas 'Golden Boot' for best player in the world but after an unhappy match against NZ in 1987 (in which he carried a neck injury) he stood down from Test duty citing family reasons. While P’matta's fortunes waned in the early 1990s Kenny continued to give great service for the club. In 1991, after moving to lock, he became the first (and still the only) clubman to score 100 tries. Kenny’s inspiring, creative efforts often stood out in a struggling Eels team following the retirement of the club’s star players. The laconic P’matta captain celebrated his testimonial year in 1992 before a shoulder injury suffered in the International Sevens tournament at the beginning of 1993 put plans for a competitive final season on hold. He recovered to finish the season and if his form was not exactly ‘vintage Kenny’, he retired as one of the greats of the modern game. After working for FoxSports for several seasons Kenny entered the coaching ranks with Penrith but was released by the club in 2006 before his Jersey Flegg team’s win in the grand final. Autobiography, The Natural (1993).

- 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 1982, 1984, 1986-87 17 10 -   - 36 16 1 0 94.12% List
Overall 1982-1987 17 10 0   0 36 16 1 0 94.12% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1982-1986 3 2 -   - 8 3 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1986 3 2 0   0 8 3 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1982-87 17 2 -   - 8 8 9 0 47.06% List
NSW City Firsts 1983-84, 1986 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City 1987 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1982-1987 21 3 0   0 12 12 9 0 57.14% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta NSWRFL 1980 8 1 -   - 3 3 4 1 37.50% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1981 25 14 -   - 42 17 7 1 68.00% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1982 29 15 -   - 45 23 6 0 79.31% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1983 29 21 -   - 84 20 9 0 68.97% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1984 24 7 -   - 28 17 7 0 70.83% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1985 14 7 -   - 28 9 5 0 64.29% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1986 22 11 -   - 44 15 6 1 68.18% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1987 14 6 -   - 24 8 6 0 57.14% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1988 2 1 -   - 4 2 0 0 100.00% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1989 21 9 -   - 36 11 10 0 52.38% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1990 19 4 -   - 16 10 8 1 52.63% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1991 22 6 -   - 24 6 16 0 27.27% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1992 22 4 0 / 2 0.00% - 16 6 15 1 27.27% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1993 14 4 -   - 16 4 10 0 28.57% List
Overall 1980-1993 265 110 0   0 410 151 109 5 56.98% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta 1980-93 265 110 -   - 410 151 109 5 56.98% List
Overall 1980-1993 265 110 0   0 410 151 109 5 56.98% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta 1980-1986 19 14 -   - 51 14 5 0 73.68% List
Overall 1981-1986 19 14 0   0 51 14 5 0 73.68% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan Championship 1984/85 25 19 -   - 76 19 5 1 76.00% List
Overall 1984-1985 25 19 0   0 76 19 5 1 76.00% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan 1984 25 19 -   - 76 19 5 1 76.00% List
Overall 1984-1985 25 19 0   0 76 19 5 1 76.00% List

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