Brent Tate : biography
Brent Tate (born 3 March 1982 in Roma, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League (NRL). His position of choice is at , but his natural pace also allows him to play as effectively on the .
Before joining the Cowboys, he played seven NRL seasons for the Brisbane Broncos (2001–07) and three for the New Zealand Warriors (2008–10). He was a member of the 2006 NRL Grand Final winning Broncos team which defeated an emerging Melbourne Storm. He has played in 23 Tests for Australia and 15 State of Origin matches for Queensland.
Tate is among a long list of talented Australian centre's who's natural pace has seen them play most of their representative career on the wing. He joins players such as Andrew Ettingshausen, Dale Shearer and Michael O'Connor who also played most of their rep games on the wing despite being classed among the best centre's in club football.
Born in Roma, Queensland, Tate attended Clontarf Beach State High School. He later moved to Toowoomba to pursue a career in Rugby League. After playing with the Redcliffe Dolphins, he was signed by the Brisbane Broncos.
Brisbane Broncos (2001–2007)
Tate made his National Rugby League debut in Round 21 of the 2001 season, in a match against the Melbourne Storm at the Colonial Stadium. He earned his first representative honours in 2002, playing for Queensland in Game 3 of the 2002 State of Origin series, and was named the Broncos' rookie of the year that year after scoring 10 tries in 23 games in 2002.
On 12 July 2002, Brent Tate made his international debut for Australia from the bench in a one off test against Great Britain at the Sydney Football Stadium, with the Kangaroos running out easy 64-10 winners, scoring 11 tries to 2 in their biggest winning margin over the Lions. He made his run-on debut for Australia in the end of season test against New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. On this occasion the Kangaroos came from being down 24-16 at half time to run out 32-24 winners.
Tate continued his good form in 2003, moving into the Qld starting side for all 3 State of Origin games, scoring 2 tries in Game 3. He was again selected for Australia in the Anzac Test against New Zealand in Sydney, scoring two tries as Australia defeated the Kiwis 48-6. However, Tate suffered a career-threatening neck injury that has affected him ever since, and his career has only been prolonged with the aid of a special neck brace. 2008 RLWC]] His neck injury kept him out of the beginning of the 2004 season, but recovered in time for the Anzac Test, and continued to earn representative selection for both Queensland and Australia. 2005 was a disappointing season for Tate, with further injuries preventing him from playing in the 2005 State of Origin series. Despite this, his form for the Broncos saw him selected for in the Australian team for the end of season Tri-Nations tournament against New Zealand and hosts Great Britain. New Zealand caused a boil over in the final of the tournament when they defeated Australia 24-0 at Elland Road in Leeds (Tate played on the wing in the game). It was the first time since Great Britain had won the 1972 World Cup that Australia had not won an international tournament or series in which they played.
In 2006, Tate was again injured for the first part of the season, but made a shock comeback in Game 1 of the State of Origin. In Game 3 in Melbourne, Tate scored a crucial try, beginning a Queensland comeback that led to them winning the match and the series. Qld captain Darren Lockyer wrapped up the series in that game when he intercepted a wayward New South Wales pass only metres out from the line and scored behind the posts untouched to level the scores with 5 minutes to play (Lockyer's try was easily converted by Clinton Schifcofske to give the Maroons a match series winning 16-14 lead). For the first time in his Origin career, Brent Tate was named man-of-the-match for Game 3. Tate was also an integral part of the Brisbane Broncos' 2006 NRL Grand Final-winning team that year, once again being rewarded with national selection for the 2006 Tri-Nations. In the final against defending champions New Zealand at the Sydney Football Stadium, Australia had a hard fought 16-12 win in extra time, again thanks to a try to captain Darren Lockyer. Playing on the wing, Tate scored Australia's only other try for the game.
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