Gary Coyne

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Gary Coyne
Personal information
Born (1961-09-30) 30 September 1961 (age 59)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Position Second-row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1983–85 Wynnum-Manly
1986–92 Canberra Raiders 1712800112
Total1712800112
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1989–92 Queensland 110000
1991 Australia 40000
Source: RLP and Yesterday's Hero

Gary Coyne (born 30 September 1961) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s. An Australia international and Queensland State of Origin representative forward, he played club football in the Brisbane Rugby League for the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls (with whom he won the 1984 premiership) and in the New South Wales Rugby League for the Canberra Raiders (with whom he won the 1989 and 1990 premierships). [1]

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Playing career

Originally from Ipswich, Coyne was a part of Canberra's competition-winning side of the 1989 and 1990 seasons. Coyne also played for the club in two further grand finals which both ended in defeat which were the 1987 and 1990 deciders.

In the 1989 post season he travelled with the Canberra club to England for the 1989 World Club Challenge which was lost to Widnes. He also played in two Test matches for Australia in 1991 and 11 State of Origin games for Queensland between 1989 and 1992.

Coyne was named a member of Canberra's 25-man "Dream Team" in 2007, as part of the club's 25th anniversary of their entry into first-grade rugby league.

In the 1991 semifinal against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Coyne went over for his 4th and final try of the match after Canberra legend Mal Meninga took a tap instead of the expected shot at goal. Manly were stunned and seen out of the 1991 season. Meninga can be seen casually approaching Coyne and suggesting something as the Manly players walk towards the posts, backs turned.

Post playing

Currently,[ when? ] Coyne is a franchisee owner of McDonald's family restaurants in Kallangur, Warner, Strathpine, Deception Bay, North Lakes, North Lakes Business Park, North Lakes Westfield and Murrumba Downs. [ citation needed ]

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