DAN STAINS – PART OF QUEENSLAND’S MOST FAMOUS ORIGIN TEAMS

He played most of his illustrious club football for Sydney based teams the Cronulla Sharks and BalmainTigers but Dan Stains was very much a Queenslander at heart and still has great memories of his time in the Maroons jumper in 1989, one of the finest teams from the Sunshine State.

DAN STAINS

A versatile and rugged forward in an era where no-one took a backwards step and as well as the skills factor it was survival of the fittest in the days of origin biff.

Originally from the Queensland town of Toowoomba, Stains played front row and second row in 135 matches for the Sharks, 35 games for the Tigers and then went to England playing 20 matches for Halifax.

Dan Stains played primarily for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, usually as a second-row, prop and as a hooker.

Playing in the 1980s early 90s in an era where most players also worked another job, Stains cherished the games he played for Queensland and in particular being coached in that 1989 Origin side by one of his idols, Arthur Beetson.

Coaching New South Wales that series was one of the all-time great coaches Jack Gibson and Stains said Gibson and Beetson were great mates off the field.

ARTHUR BEETSON - RUGBY LEAGUE LEGEND

1989 Arthur Beetson and Jack Gibson defined Origin's long-standing mantra of "mate against mate".

When you look at that Queensland side from 1989 it’s not hard to see how they managed a clean-sweep (36-6, 16-12, 36-16). Included in that great side were Mal Meninga, Wally Lewis, Allan Langer, Paul Vauntin, Martin Bella, Gene Miles, Michael Hancock, Bob Lindner and Trevor Gillmeister.

New South Wales had their stars as well including Glenn Lazarus, Mario Fenech, Laurie Daley, Bradley Clyde, Garry Jack, Des Hasler and Terry Lamb.

Queensland captain Wally Lewis with Dan Stains, Alan McIndoe, Kerrod Walters, Allan Langer and Paul Vautin.

Listen to my (John Alexander) interview with Dan Stains following Queensland’s recent Origin series win, it’s a great yarn with a great man. He sheds light on a wonderful era of rugby league with some amusing and interesting insights into how it was back then in two of the world’s toughest sporting competiions, the NRL and State of Origin series.

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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