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Steve Larkham has won every trophy available to him in Rugby League, including a Rugby World Cup, making him arguably the greatest test flyhalf in the history of the game. His history making 45m-drop goal to seal victory over South Africa in...

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Steve Larkham's Biography

Steve Larkham has won every trophy available to him in Rugby League, including a Rugby World Cup, making him arguably the greatest test flyhalf in the history of the game. His history making 45m-drop goal to seal victory over South Africa in extra time during the 1999 Rugby World Cup Semi-Final has gone down in rugby folklore as the defining moment in the Wallabies victorious Rugby World Cup campaign.


Steve’s career was ignited in 1995 when he was selected from reserve grade club rugby to represent ACT. He took his opportunity as a utility back in the Brumbies 1996 squad, playing a number of eye catching Super 12 games before attracting the attention of the national selectors.

Making his test debut against Wales in Sydney in 1996, Steve went on to join the Wallabies on their undefeated tour of Europe. In 1997, he proved a more than capable replacement at fullback for the injured Matt Burke, with a two try effort in the Wallabies final test against Scotland at Murrayfield. His conversion from fullback to flyhalf was hailed as a Rod Macqueen masterstroke that put the Wallabies back on track for the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

Steve’s talents and uncanny ability to create extra time and space for his outside backs has resulted in countless tries for Australia and the ACT Brumbies. His history making 45m drop goal to seal victory over South Africa in extra time during the 1999 Rugby World Cup Semi-Final has become rugby folklore and the defining moment for the Wallabies victorious Rugby World Cup campaign.

Steve has consistenly been the Wallabies best player, including his efforts during the Australian 2003 Rugby World Cup (which lost in the tournament final to England), during which he became famous for forming a long standing half-back parnership with George Gregan, both of whom were foundation players with the ACT Brumbies rugby franchise. When both retired after the 2007 Rugby World Cub, not only were they the two most-capped Wallabies, but they played in more tests than any other scrum-half/fly-half combination in history, with 79 appearances together. So important were they to the team that in 2007 at Bruce Stadium (Canberra Stadium), a new stand was unveiled as the “Gregan-Larkham Stand” in honour of both players and their contribution to the team.

In 2005, Steve was named in the “Wallaby Team of the Decade” at number 10. On the field, he has accomplished more than most players ever dream of, having played in two Rugby World Cup Finals (1999 Champions), won two Super 14 titles with the ACT Brumbies, a Lions Series victory, a Tri-Nations victory and numerous Bledisloe Cups.

Steve played his last test against Japan in the 2007 Rugby World Cup before a knee injury sidelined him, which effectively ended his test career.

Off field, Steve is an absolute gentleman and is highly respected in the community. A family man, happily married with two daughters, Steve also spends countless hours assisting charities close to his heart including McHappy Day and skin cancer awareness (having had a melanoma removed from one of his legs).