Gene Miles

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 21st July, 1959
Current Age
64 years and 224 days
Place Of Birth
Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Captain Of The Year
1990
National Rugby League Hall Of Fame
2008

Known Family Links

Son-in-law
Corey Oates

Biography

Townsville centre-turned-forward was equally destructive in attack at club, state or Test level. Gene Miles began his career with Wynnum-Manly in 1980 and made his State of Origin debut the following year. He was a fringe player on the 1982 Kangaroo tour (11 games, no Tests) and broke into the Australian team in the centres against NZ the following year. Miles was a Test star for the next three years, playing in the series against Great Britain (1984), NZ (1986) and on the 1986 Kangaroo tour (playing in all 6 Tests). At 102kg, his strong bursts coupled with his characteristic one-handed 'basketball' pass, saw him successfully switch to the forwards in 1987 (winning Brisbane's Rothmans Medal in the process). Miles missed the series against Great Britain in 1988 but played in the Test against the Rest of the World. Injury ruled him out of Australia's tour of NZ in 1989 and the next year saw him retire from international football to concentrate on his new role as captain of the Brisbane Broncos. He consolidated his status as one of the best second row forwards in the game during the 1990-91 seasons and his naming as 'Dally M' Captain of the Year in 1990 reflected his standing as a highly respected on-field leader. He left Australia at the end of the club’s disappointing 1991 season to play one final season with champion English club Wigan. It was cruelly ironic that while Wigan gave him a Wembley Challenge Cup and League Championship victory, the Broncos won the 1992 premiership without him and then defeated Wigan in the World Club Championship. Miles returned to Australia and pursued a media career with Channel 9 in the early 1990s before being appointed Chairman of a revamped QRL selection panel in 2001 that saw the Maroons win the State of Origin.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing 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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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Interstate Matches 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
State of Origin 19 6 -   - 23 13 6 0 68.42% List
Tour Matches Queensland Firsts 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Australia 28 12 -   - 46 27 1 0 96.43% List
National Panasonic Cup 7 3 -   - 12 5 2 0 71.43% List
Test Series 10 6 -   - 8 9 1 0 90.00% List
Tour Matches Queensland Origin 3 3 -   - 12 2 1 0 66.67% List
The Ashes 6 4 -   - 32 6 0 0 100.00% List
World Cup 4 2 -   - 8 4 0 0 100.00% List
QRL 4 3 0   - 12 3 1 0 75.00% List
NRL 72 20 -   - 80 47 24 1 65.28% List
Tooheys Challenge Cup 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NRL Finals 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
English Championship 19 4 -   - 16 18 1 0 94.74% List
Lancashire Cup 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Regal Trophy 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List
Challenge Cup 5 2 -   - 8 5 0 0 100.00% List
Premiership Trophy 3 1 -   - 4 3 0 0 100.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1982-84, 1986-87 15 8 -   - 32 13 2 0 86.67% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1982-1988 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1982-1986 4 2 -   - 8 4 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
QLD Firsts 1981-82 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
QLD 1982-84, 1986-89 22 9 -   - 35 15 7 0 68.18% List
Brisbane Firsts 1983, 1987 3 2 -   - 8 1 2 0 33.33% List
Oceania 1984 1 2 -   - 8 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall1981-1989 28 13 0   0 51 18 10 0 64.29% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wynnum-Manly BRL 1987 4 3 0 / 1 0.00% - 12 3 1 0 75.00% List
Brisbane NSWRL 1988 19 8 -   - 32 12 7 0 63.16% List
Brisbane NSWRL 1989 17 3 -   - 12 12 5 0 70.59% List
Brisbane NSWRL 1990 20 5 -   - 20 14 5 1 70.00% List
Brisbane NSWRL 1991 16 4 -   - 16 9 7 0 56.25% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wynnum-Manly 1987 4 3 - / 1 0.00% - 12 3 1 0 75.00% List
Brisbane 1988-91 72 20 -   - 80 47 24 1 65.28% List
Overall1987-1991 76 23 0 / 1 0.00% 0 92 50 25 1 65.79% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan 1991/92 29 8 -   - 32 27 2 0 93.10% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan 1991 29 8 -   - 32 27 2 0 93.10% List

Your Say

  • Harry
    22/01/2016

    I have watched Wigan since 1970, and in that time Gene Miles is the best centre I have had the pleasure to watch.

    Pity he did not play on another season as offered .

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Paul Carter, Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson, AJ Lucantonio, Alan Katzmann, Greg Fiveash, Max Turner, Bill Bates, Tim Costello

Sources: NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1989-90, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1988-89, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1990-91, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1991-92, Irvin Saxton's Record Keepers' Club, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1992-93