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Monday, May 25, 2015

End of an Era: Big Brad Thorn

While the football world celebrates the club careers of football legends - Xavi (F.C. Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea/Manchester City) and Didier Drogba (Chelsea), the rugby world also bade farewell to one of their own legends - Big Brad Thorn. 


He will go down in history as one of the greatest forwards to ever play the game and probably, one of the most decorated players in both rugby and rugby league codes winning 17 trophies in the span of 21 years before retiring at the age of 40.


Honours

Rugby League

- 1997 Super League minor premier
- 1997 Super League champion
- 1997 Super League Tri-Series finalist
- 1997 Super League Test Series
- 1997 World Club champion
- 1998 State of Origin champion
- 1998 National Rugby League (NRL) minor premier
- 1998 NRL champion
- 1999 State of Origin champion
- 2000 NRL minor premier
- 2000 NRL champion
- 2006 NRL champion


Rugby Union

- 2001 National Provincial Championship (NPC) Division 1 champion
- 2003 Super Rugby finalist
- Bledisloe Cup holder (2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011)
- 2003 SANZAR Tri-Nations champion
- 2004 Super Rugby finalist
- 2004 NPC Division 1 champion
- Ranfurly Shield holder
- 2008 Super Rugby champion
- 2008 Tri-Nations champion
- 2008 New Zealand Grand Slam Tour
- 2010 Tri-Nations champion
- 2010 New Zealand Grand Slam Tour
- 2011 Super Rugby finalist
- 2011 Rugby World Cup champion
- 2012 Heineken European Rugby Cup champion
- 2011-12 Celtic League finalist

Individual Awards:

- Brisbane Broncos, 1994 Rookie of the Year
- Brisbane Broncos award for Best Forward, 1997, 2000 and 2006
- Brisbane Broncos award for Most Consistent, 2005
- Brisbane Broncos award for Defence Play of the Year, 2007
- Brisbane Broncos Top 20 Greatest Players
- Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league
- Nominee for the 2010 New Zealand Rugby Player of the Year (the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Trophy)
- Super Rugby Centurion (Combined 100 Super Rugby appearances with the Crusaders and Highlanders)








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