Steve 'Boxhead' Walters

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Boxhead
Born
Saturday, 28th August, 1965
Current Age
58 years and 180 days
Place Of Birth
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Hooker Of The Year
1991, 1993, 1995
RLW Player of the Year
1993
National Rugby League Hall Of Fame
2008

Known Family Links

Brother
Kevin Walters
Kerrod Walters
Nephew
Billy Walters

Biography

The eldest of the three Walters brothers, hooker Steve Walters was the last of the three to achieve selection for Australia. Originally from Brisbane Norths, many thought that Test honours should have occurred after the Raiders' back-to-back grand final wins in 1989-90 but when it did come, belatedly, in the 1991 Trans Tasman Test series, it was at the expense of his brother Kerrod who lost his rep position after being suspended. Steve Walters out-pointed NSW captain Ben Elias on the score of consistency and reliability in the open and was one of Australia's best players in the series win against the Kiwis. Despite Canberra's loss in the 1991 grand final, Walters earned a place on the Australian Tour of Papua New Guinea but was injured at training and did not play in a match. In 1992 he was selected for the Ashes series against Great Britain and in the World Cup final, after joining his twin brothers in the Australian squad. Canberra's win in the 1994 grand final, and his performances for Queensland and Australia, confirmed his reputation as the best dummy-half runner in the world. Despite the good form of Ben Elias in NSW's State of Origin wins in 1993-94, Walters retained his place on the 1994 Kangaroo Tour and produced a man-of-the-match effort in the deciding Test of the Ashes series. After a decade with the Raiders Walters joined former coach Tim Sheens at the North Queensland North Queensland but despite representing Queensland and Australia during 1997’s Super League competition, his two seasons at Townsville were hampered by a career-threatening back injury. At first contemplating retirement after the North Queensland baulked at extending his contract, Walters signed with Newcastle in 1999 but was forced to retire midway through the season due to a recurring knee injury.
- 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 271 49 -   - 196 165 102 4 60.89% List
National Panasonic Cup 5 - -   - - 1 4 0 20.00% List
NRL Finals 25 4 -   - 16 14 11 0 56.00% List
World Club Challenge 1 1 -   - 4 0 1 0 0.00% List
Tooheys Challenge Cup 3 2 -   - 8 2 1 0 66.67% List
State of Origin 14 1 -   - 4 5 9 0 35.71% List
Test Series 14 4 -   - 12 9 4 1 64.29% List
World Cup 4 1 -   - 4 4 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Australia 18 5 -   - 20 16 2 0 88.89% List
The Ashes 6 1 -   - 8 4 2 0 66.67% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1991-94 17 4 -   - 16 13 3 1 76.47% List
Australia (SL) 1997 3 1 -   - 4 2 1 0 66.67% List
Overall1991-1997 20 5 0   0 20 15 4 1 75.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1991-92 4 1 -   - 4 4 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
QLD 1990-94, 1996 14 1 -   - 4 5 9 0 35.71% List
QLD (SL) 1997 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
Overall1990-1997 17 1 0   0 4 6 11 0 35.29% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra NSWRL 1986 11 1 -   - 4 2 8 1 18.18% List
Canberra NSWRL 1987 28 4 -   - 16 17 11 0 60.71% List
Canberra NSWRL 1988 23 1 -   - 4 15 8 0 65.22% List
Canberra NSWRL 1989 22 4 -   - 16 15 7 0 68.18% List
Canberra NSWRL 1990 21 3 -   - 12 15 6 0 71.43% List
Canberra NSWRL 1991 22 3 -   - 12 15 7 0 68.18% List
Canberra NSWRL 1992 20 4 -   - 16 9 11 0 45.00% List
Canberra NSWRL 1993 22 7 -   - 28 15 6 1 68.18% List
Canberra NSWRL 1994 24 9 -   - 36 19 5 0 79.17% List
Canberra ARL 1995 20 5 -   - 20 17 3 0 85.00% List
Canberra ARL 1996 14 - -   - - 9 5 0 64.29% List
North QLD Super League 1997 15 4 -   - 16 5 8 2 33.33% List
North QLD NRL 1998 22 2 -   - 8 8 14 0 36.36% List
Newcastle NRL 1999 7 2 -   - 8 4 3 0 57.14% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1986-96 227 41 -   - 164 148 77 2 65.20% List
North QLD 1997-98 37 6 -   - 24 13 22 2 35.14% List
Newcastle 1999 7 2 -   - 8 4 3 0 57.14% List
Overall1986-1999 271 49 0   0 196 165 102 4 60.89% List

Your Say

  • Anonymous
    23/10/2011

    Hello old friend hope this finds you well ....most happy too

  • Anonymous
    02/09/2021

    How many scrums did he win in his career?

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson, AJ Lucantonio, Paul Carter, Terry Liberopoulos, Bill Bates, Alan Katzmann, Greg Fiveash, Steven Russo

Sources: NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1998, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1999, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1996, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1997, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2000, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1989-90, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1987-88, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1988-89, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1990-91, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1991-92, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1992-93, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1994, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1995