True Blues inducted into NRL Hall of Fame


True Blues Danny Buderus and Craig Young have been acknowledged for their distinguished Rugby League careers after being inducted into the NRL Hall of Fame.

Buderus, an assistant coach with the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues and a premiership winner with Newcastle Knights, and Young, a former NSW Team Manager and St George Dragons forward, were joined in the 2019 Hall of Fame class by New Zealand internationals Stacey Jones and Ruben Wiki.

“All four of our player inductees will stand proudly alongside the 106 players who they will join in the Hall of Fame,” Mr Greenberg said.

“These are some of the best players of their generations, and they will now join the best of the best.

“They each dominated their respective eras and commanded enormous respect. They still do.

“This year’s Hall of Fame class is an exceptional one. We will be recognising greatness when our latest Class are formally inducted.”

Buderus and Young were amongst 25 nominees to be inducted into the Hall of Fame that included other True Blues Garry Jack, Eric Simms, Ian Moir, Michael O’Connor, Geoff Toovey, Greg Alexander, Les Cowie, Dick Thornett, Terry Randall, Rod Reddy, Paul Sironen, Craig Fitzgibbon, Paul Harragon and Elwyn Walters.

A voting college, representing a cross section of the game, selected their top five players to be included in the exclusive Hall of Fame club. The four players were chosen through an independent audit of the votes and will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday 14 August.

Senior Manager of NRL Awards, Frank Puletua said the induction ceremony was one of the most important nights on the Rugby League calendar.

“This year, we will be acknowledging our contributors as well as our players,” Mr Puletua said.

“The Hall of Fame induction has become an incredibly important night for the game as we take the opportunity to reflect on our pioneers and our finest players.

“All four of our player inductees can now forever be known as Hall of Famers, and that only adds to their standing in the game.”

Three contributors – one each from Administration, Broadcast Media and Print Media – will be announced tomorrow ahead of the formal induction.


For information on the Voting College, please click here.

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Danny Buderus

Born: February 6, 1978, Taree, NSW

Junior Football: Taree United

Club: Newcastle

Position: Hooker

Premiership Career 1997-2013: Played 257 (237+20). Tries 61, Goals 1, Points 246

First Grade Debut: Newcastle v South Queensland at Marathon Stadium, 23/3/1997 (Rd 3)

Grand Finals: 1 - Newcastle 2001 (W)

Representative Career - Australia: Tests 24 (2001-06), Kangaroo tours 2001, 2003; Tri-Nations 2004, 2005

New South Wales: State of Origins 21 (2002-08)

Country Origin: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008


Craig Young

Born: June 25, 1956, Wollongong, NSW

Junior Football: Thirroul/Corrimal

Club: St George

Position: Prop

Premiership Career 1977-88: Played 234 (232+2). Tries 11, Field Goals 2, Points 42

First Grade Debut: St George v Penrith at Kogarah Jubilee Oval, 20/3/1977 (Rd 1)

Grand Finals: 3 - St George 1977 (D), 1977R (W), 1979 c (W)

Representative Career - Australia: Tests 20 (1978-84); Kangaroo tours 1978, 1982

New South Wales: Interstate matches 5 (1979-81); Matches v touring international teams 1 (1977); State of Origins 5 (1980-84)