Steve Menzies

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 4th December, 1973
Current Age
50 years and 81 days
Place Of Birth
Manly, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Rookie Of The Year
1994
Dally M Second Rower Of The Year
1994, 1995, 1998
Dally M Lock Of The Year
2002
Brad Fittler Medal
2006
National Rugby League Hall Of Fame
2018

Known Family Links

Grandfather
Mackie Campbell

Biography

Manly junior, the grandson of pioneer clubman ‘Mackie’ Campbell, had a dream 1994 season which culminated in Kangaroo selection. Menzies, an Australian Schoolboy rep (1992) started his career as a centre in the Manly juniors before cementing a first grade position in the second row. He scored 16 tries in the 1994 season - a tremendous effort for a 20-year-old forward - and his pace out wide and ability to back up secured him a place on the Kangaroos Tour. Wearing his trademark headgear, ‘Beaver’ Menzies showed great maturity in the minor tour matches in England where he scored 9 tries in 11 appearances. In 1995 he was the season’s leading try-scorer with 22 tries – the first time a forward topped the try-scoring list since ‘Chicka’ Cahill in 1945. Menzies made his NSW and Test debut during the troubled 1995 season and was regularly one of the first forwards chosen in representative fixtures. Following Manly’s grand final loss in 1995 Menzies was an important member of Australia’s victorious World Cup team. The following year Menzies was a try-scorer in Manly’s 20-8 win over St George in the grand final. Despite a personally satisfying match in the 1997 ARL decider, Menzies’ efforts could not stave off defeat by a committed Newcastle outfit. A tireless defender, a fact often over-looked because of his try-scoring prowess, Menzies formed an uncanny understanding with veteran pivot Cliff Lyons at Manly. While the eventual winding down of Lyons’ career and injuries to Nik Kosef resulted in the slowing of Menzies’ try-scoring rate, he topped the century mark of tries in 1999. Turning out for the merged N’Eagles club, he knocked back a huge offer from the Roosters at the end of 2000 to remain with the embattled club. 2001 was a mixed bag – dropped to First Division in April, he a later returned to the State of Origin arena (albeit on the bench) but his Test career was effectively over. When the N’Eagles folded at the end of 2002 Menzies was the logical choice as Manly captain once the NRL franchise reverted to the Sea Eagles Club. Despite playing in the centres at different stages of the 2004 season he became the greatest try-scoring forward in the history of the game when he surpassed the great Frank Burge’s career record (146 tries). Representing NSW and Australia 12 years after his debut with the Kangaroos Menzies announced his retirement from rep football in 2006.
- 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 %  
NRL 349 180 1   - 722 196 149 4 56.16% List
NRL Finals 20 11 0   - 44 12 8 0 60.00% List
Tour Matches Australia 11 9 -   - 36 11 0 0 100.00% List
City vs Country 8 2 -   - 8 4 4 0 50.00% List
State of Origin 20 4 -   - 16 9 10 1 45.00% List
Test Series 3 3 -   - 12 3 0 0 100.00% List
World Cup 4 6 -   - 24 3 1 0 75.00% List
Anzac Tests 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
Super League 120 54 1   - 218 57 59 4 47.50% List
Challenge Cup 8 5 -   - 20 4 4 0 50.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995-96, 1998, 2002, 2006 14 11 -   - 44 12 2 0 85.71% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995-1997 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995 4 6 -   - 24 3 1 0 75.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW 1995-98, 2001-02, 2005-06 20 4 -   - 16 9 10 1 45.00% List
NSW City 1995-97, 2001-05 8 2 -   - 8 4 4 0 50.00% List
Overall1995-2006 28 6 0   0 24 13 14 1 46.43% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly NSWRL 1993 6 - -   - - 6 0 0 100.00% List
Manly NSWRL 1994 23 16 -   - 64 16 6 1 69.57% List
Manly ARL 1995 25 22 -   - 88 22 3 0 88.00% List
Manly ARL 1996 24 20 -   - 80 20 4 0 83.33% List
Manly ARL 1997 25 13 -   - 52 17 6 2 68.00% List
Manly NRL 1998 25 20 -   - 80 13 12 0 52.00% List
Manly NRL 1999 22 13 -   - 52 9 12 1 40.91% List
Northern Eagles NRL 2000 24 6 -   - 24 9 15 0 37.50% List
Northern Eagles NRL 2001 23 12 -   - 48 9 14 0 39.13% List
Northern Eagles NRL 2002 22 11 -   - 44 9 13 0 40.91% List
Manly NRL 2003 24 7 -   - 28 7 17 0 29.17% List
Manly NRL 2004 23 8 -   - 32 9 14 0 39.13% List
Manly NRL 2005 23 7 -   - 28 12 11 0 52.17% List
Manly NRL 2006 19 4 -   - 16 9 10 0 47.37% List
Manly NRL 2007 15 8 1 / 1 100.00% - 34 10 5 0 66.67% List
Manly NRL 2008 26 13 0 / 1 0.00% - 52 19 7 0 73.08% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly 1993-99, 2003-08 280 151 1 / 2 50.00% - 606 169 107 4 60.36% List
Northern Eagles 2000-02 69 29 -   - 116 27 42 0 39.13% List
Overall1993-2008 349 180 1 / 2 50.00% 0 722 196 149 4 56.16% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Bradford 2009 27 13 -   - 52 11 15 1 40.74% List
Bradford 2010 30 15 1   - 62 11 18 1 36.67% List
Catalans 2011 23 14 -   - 56 13 10 0 56.52% List
Catalans 2012 22 9 -   - 36 14 8 0 63.64% List
Catalans 2013 26 8 -   - 32 12 12 2 46.15% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Bradford 2009-10 57 28 1   - 114 22 33 2 38.60% List
Catalans 2011-13 71 31 -   - 124 39 30 2 54.93% List
Overall2009-2013 128 59 1   0 238 61 63 4 47.66% List

Your Say

  • Greg Simpson
    12/02/2012

    Steve is still playing for the Dragons in France and still scoring tries, I am flying to Perpignan to watch him play....doing great for a 38 year old !!

  • Robbo
    07/05/2012

    What an icon....39 years young in Dec. and still battling along, this bloke would play for a bowl of rice I think..he even scored a double the other week and his try scoring sheet shows only 3 since he has been in the U.K but I'd like a beer for every try he has set up for others to collect the glory....onya champion..

  • Oring
    13/05/2012

    An absolute legend of the game both on and off the field.If your teaching your kids how to tackle show them tapes of Beaver in action.

  • Brendan
    20/09/2013

    Absolute ornament to rugby league. This man has always played the game in the right spirit & is an inspiration to young players. A Manly legend!

  • Anonymous
    10/10/2013

    What a player he has been. Longevity in a nutshell.

    Thanks Beaver

  • ste
    30/12/2013

    Great to see menzies on the bench today for widnes against warrington...even though hes 40+ he`d be a great assett to the vikings.

  • Greg Hamill
    02/07/2014

    Steve Menzie was at the junior member clinic today and he is a utter professional and a gentleman, "thanks for the memories".

  • Anonymous
    04/09/2014

    I have watched BEAVER play for years a great player go the mighty Manly Sea eagles

  • pitz. p
    31/08/2015

    Ive been a great fan of steve Menzies for a long time.. A gifted player and one of the best forwards in the world.. Beaver is a try scoring machine where only few or none can do.. He is an individual and team performer.. I remember back in 94,95,96 seeing him playing along side cliffy lyon and nick kosef, their combination were great. Stever Menzies you are the best and a rugby league legend...

  • jack
    31/12/2015

    He was a great, great player.
    Real Legend

  • Rhys Sullivan
    05/09/2018

    20 years, 475 games, 230 tries... When will we ever see someons like that again?

  • Anonymous
    12/07/2019

    Should be a immortal did everything in rugby league. What a legend

  • Brendan Joicey
    17/08/2019

    What a legend the Beaver was and is. So much so that I am going dressed as the Beaver to a dress up as your favourite human party tonight. Gets nowhere near the credit he deserves in the game.

  • Datz
    08/02/2020

    Remember watching his first few games as a 19 y old I in 1993 and saying to friends “this guy is gonna be a special player one day”. The next year in 94 he finished top try scorer and just kept getting better. As the top try scoring forward in history he’s proven himself to be a legend.
    Thanks for the memories Beaver

  • Anonymous
    12/03/2020

    A pleasure to watch and a nice man to boot does. Not need to be a second Referee.

  • Anonymous
    10/10/2021

    Definitely should be a immortal

  • Roger
    26/01/2024

    A good bloke

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

Sources: ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1997, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1999, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2000, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2001, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2002, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2003, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2004, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1996, NRL 2004 Official Rugby League Annual, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1998, 2006 Official Rugby League Annual, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1994, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1995