After growing up in Queanbeyan, Glenn Lazarus progressed through local rugby league ranks to begin his first-grade career with the Canberra Raiders in 1987.
He quickly became a key part of the Green Machine, gaining selection in the President’s XIII that defeated Great Britain in 1988 before playing the first of 22 Origin matches for NSW in 1989.
In 1989 he played a starring role in the Raiders inaugural premiership win over Balmain, the Raiders and Glenn going back -to-back with a win over Penrith in 1990.
Known as the “Brick with Eyes”, Glenn made his Australian debut as a reserve forward against New Zealand in 1990. He represented Australia in 21 Tests through until 1999, being selected for the 1990 and 1994 Kangaroo tours.
He was recruited to the Brisbane Broncos in 1992 by his former Raiders coach, Wayne Bennett, and won two more premierships in 1992 and 1993. A big game player, Glenn played in five consecutive grand finals.
In 1997, Glenn moved to the newly established Melbourne Storm and was named as the club’s first captain. He went on to win another premiership with the Storm in 1999 in a season that would be his last.
Announcing his retirement from the game, Glenn could lay claim to five premierships for three different clubs – Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne – a truly unique achievement. He is the only player in the history of the game to win grand finals with three different clubs.
In 2000, Glenn was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia’s international standing in rugby league.