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About me

  • Brisbane Broncos
  • Sport
  • Rugby League
  • NRL
  • Queensland Maroons
  • State of Origin
  • Media
  • Entertainment

Rugby League Legend Sam Thaiday's playing career took off when he signed with the Brisbane Brisbane Broncos in 2003 and made his professional NRL debut that year. He spent his entire career at the Broncos, with whom he won the 2006 premiership. In 2011, he was awarded the captaincy and went on to win the Dally M Award for Best Second Row Player. He has played an impressive 29 matches for Queensland in the State of Origin series and over 30 test caps to his name representing Australia on successful domestic and European tours. Playing at the top of his game, Sam was one of only three current players to be names in the Indigenous Australia Rugby League Team of the Century. He retired from NRL at the end of the 2018 season, cementing himself in an elite club of players having played over 300 games for one club.


  • NRL Premiership Winner
  • Australian Kangaroos Representative
  • World Cup Champion
  • Brisbane Broncos Captain 2012-2013
  • 2006 Premiership - Brisbane Broncos
  • 294 games with the Brisbane Broncos


One of the most highly regarded and respected players in the league, Sam is also known for his community involvement. Sam has been awarded the Ken Stephen Medal for his outstanding commitment to a wide range of community and charity activities. Sam is a proud ambassador of Starlight Children’s Foundation, who strive  to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families. He has also published two autobiographical books of his career, Rise and Tries, and Lies & Meat Pies.

In his retirement, apart from spending time with his wife and beautiful girls, Sam has forged a successful media career with Channel Nine and Nova hosting his own radio show "Thank God It's Thaiday". Sam is also a social media influencer and is actively sought after by many corporates and bureaus to take part in various speaking engagements.


  • Media Presenter - NOVA FM + Nine / Brand Ambassador
  • Ambassador for Starlight Children's Foundation
  • Author

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