Hard Road

Shane Webcke  

with Ian Heads 

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The hard-hitting follow-up to the bestselling 'Warhorse' Shane Webcke - 'Warhorse'


Hard Road continues the story of Shane Webcke, one of the most respected and admired figures in rugby league, and a man whose capabilities and acheivements go way beyond the playing field.

Starting with his last appearance as a player in the 2006 Grand Final, Webcke gives us a compelling insider's view of how the Broncos stole the title that season. From the highs of that euphoric victory, he describes with candour and insight the unexpected pain of struggling to come to terms with life after football.

The man often described as 'the toughest there is' came out the other end and, now part of the Broncos coaching team, he continues to be a rugby league stalwart. Here, he turns his attention to what he sees as 'a game that is standing still', hitting with sledgehammer force on a variety of issues. Along the way Webcke:


  • Reveals why the Broncos owe a debt to big Willie Mason 
  • Pays his personal tribute to Darren Lockyer 'the greatest footballer in the game' 
  • Takes readers inside the drunken escapades that crash-tackled the Broncos in 2008, while examining rugby league's wider ongoing problem of booze and bad behaviour 
  • Throws down the gauntlet to the game's administration with powerful, pragmatic suggestions on future directions. 

Shane Webcke

Photograph: Getty/Cameron Spencer

Undoubtedly a future leader of the game, Webcke's is a book for rugby league's new century. Uncompromising, fearless, far-sighted and laced with commonsense, Hard Road carries the ball up with as much force as Webcke did in his days as modern rugby league's finest front-row forward.



Shane Webcke - Hard Road

Photograph: James Chetcuti, Brisbane, Australia

Cover Design: Darian Causby/Highway 51 Design Works

Pan Macmillan Australia



 Shane Webcke Photo Gallery


Shane Webcke

Playing Tough  The father  The Champion

Bull Riding  Shane, Michael Ennis & Dane Carlaw

Shane Webcke   Shane and Matty Johns

A country boy at heart  Webcke - in action for the Broncos  Two of the greats - Webcke & Lockyer

 Shane Webcke Profile & Stats

(Courtesty of International Quarterback) 

Playing Career

  • 20 Test matches for Australia
  • 21 State of Origin games for Queensland
  • 263 first grade matches for the Brisbane Broncos
  • First Grade debut in 1995 (Brisbane v. North Sydney)
  • 'Dally M Prop of the Year' - 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Broncos 'Best Player Award' - 2001, 2005
  • Premierships - 1998 & 2006
  • 'State of Origin - Man of the Match Award' - 1998 (game 3)
  • Named in the 100 best Rugby League Players of the Century

Career History

  • Represented Queensland - 1997 - 2004
  • Represented Australia - 1998 - 2004
  • Appointed Bronco's Assistant Coach - 1997
  • Awarded 'Life Membership' for the Broncos in 2006
  • Awarded 'Australian Sports Medal' for contribution to Australia's international standing in the sport of Rugby League
  • Channel 7 Sports Presenter
  • Presenter in the 'Matty Johns Show'
  • Featured in 'Icons of Australian Sport' - Shane Webcke book
  • Owner of the Royal Hotel in Leyburn, Queensland
  • Author of 'Warhorse' & 'Hard Road'
  • Junior Rugby League Ambassador
  • APN Ambassador (Adopt a Family Campaign)


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