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Sam Thaiday is one of Rugby Leagues most highly regarded and respected players.
He is the captain of the Brisbane Broncos, an Australian and Queensland representative and most recently was a member of the victorious Australian side that won the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. He has received numerous awards over his career including the Dally M award for second-row forward of the year, was named in the Indigenous Australian Rugby League Team of the Century, won a premiership title with the Brisbane Broncos and was awarded the coveted Ken Stephen Medal for his tireless efforts to help close the gap on Indigenous health and youth issues.
Sam, who is of Torres Strait Islander descent, was born in Sydney and raised in Townsville with his four brothers. He played rugby league football for the Brothers club in Townsville, attending Kirwan State High School.
Sam loves his cooking, and says he will cook just about anything. As a younger sportsman he once told the Broncos nutritionist that his favourite food included dugong, turtle and Hungry Jack's, the first two a sign of his love of his Torres Strait Islander roots.
In 2011, Sam became engaged to his High School sweetheart, Rachel and together they have a young daughter, Gracie.
When his NRL career ends, Sam hopes to become a youth worker, but his immediate aim is to build on his recent achievements as a top-grade footballer.... Read more.