ARLC Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske says Brisbane prop Petero Civoniceva will enter Rugby League’s elite ‘300 Club’ tomorrow night as one of the game’s most respected and admired players, with fans from every club supporting him in his milestone match.
The most capped Test and Origin prop in Australian Rugby League history and a former winner of the Harvey Norman Women in League Favourite Son Award, Civoniceva will become just the 17th player to play 300 NRL matches when he takes the field tomorrow night against South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium.
The ARLC will formally induct Civoniceva into the ‘300 Club’ at the Carbine Club lunch during Telstra Premiership Grand Final Week, one of a host of celebrations that will honour his achievement.
As part of the formal induction ceremony, Civoniceva will be presented with a specially designed ‘300 Club’ gold ring.
The tributes will start tomorrow night with a video and post-match presentation of the game ball among the Broncos’ game-day activities to honour the occasion.
“To play 300 NRL matches is an extraordinary achievement and on behalf of everyone in Rugby League, I want to congratulate Petero for his amazing contribution to the game,” ARLC Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, said today.
“His feats on the field have been record-breaking but off the field he has also earned the admiration and respect of everyone across the game, which was highlighted when he received the Harvey Norman Women In League Favourite Son award last year.”
The ‘300 Club’ features Darren Lockyer, Terry Lamb, Steve Menzies, Brad Fittler, Cliff Lyons, Andrew Ettingshausen, Geoff Gerard, Jason Croker, Hazem El Masri, Paul Langmack, Luke Priddis, Steve Price, Ruben Wiki, Brett Kimmorley, Luke Ricketson and Nathan Hindmarsh.