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GENE MILES

After playing in the 1979 Foley Shield Grand Final, Gene Miles and his Townsville team mate Tony Kambouris signed with Wynnum Manly for the 1981 season after the Seagulls had shown no interest in them the previous year. Miles quickly adapted to Brisbane football and was chosen for the second interstate match. After sitting on the bench for the first State of Origin match in 1982 Gene Miles had a permanent place in the Queensland centres. He toured with the 1982 Kangaroos but had to wait until the following year to make his Test debut against New Zealand in Brisbane. In the second State of Origin Game in 1983, Miles was joined by another former Townsville team mate, Terry Butler. In 1984 Miles played in the Oceania team in France and the Presidents' XIII against Papua New Guinea before helping Brisbane to win the National Panasonic Cup alongside Colin Scott and former Whitsunday and North Queensland hooker Eddie Muller. Miles then played a leading role in Queensland's State ofOrigin series win and played in the three Tests against Great Britain to complete a hectic representative year. A serious knee injury kept him out of football for much of the 1985 season but Miles returned to the representative scene in 1986 to play in all three State of Origin matches and in the three Tests against New Zealand. He was named in the Kangaroo squad once more and this time played in all five Tests against Great Britain and France, as well as in the Test against Papua New Guinea at the start of the tour. Miles continued his dominance over other centres in the State of Origin series in 1987, including the fourth game in California, as well as in the Test against New Zealand in Brisbane. Miles played his final game for Australia in the second row in the Bicentennial Match against the Rest of the World in Sydney in 1988, after being a member of the Brisbane Broncos in their inaugural year. The following season he found himself in the pack for Queensland and played his final two State of Origin games from there. Miles became the Captain of the Broncos and won the 'Dally M' captain of the year award in 1990. After the 1991 season Miles finished his career with English club Wigan. He had played in 19 State of Origin games for Queensland and 14 Tests for Australia.