For sixteen years, Sam Thaiday has entertained Brisbane Broncos, Queensland State of Origin and Australian fans both on and off the field. He's one of rugby league's most highly regarded and respected players and this book tells his story.
With his trademark humour and honesty, Sam reveals his roots as Townsville boy and a die-hard Cowboys fan, his family connections to the Torres Strait, how it was his mum who taught him to pass and tackle, and all the ups and downs of the game he loves.
With advice for setting and reaching goals, handling setbacks and finding the things that matter to you in life, Rise- The Sam Thaiday story is a must-read for any young league fan, regardless of who they barrack for!
Sam Thaiday played for the Brisbane Broncos for sixteen years in the NRL. He is a former Broncos captain, an Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative, and was a member of the victorious Australian 2013 Rugby League World Cup team. He 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.
Off-field, Sam is a long-time Nine Network personality and also hosts a successful Saturday morning radio show called Thank God It's Thaiday on Nova.
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