PLAYERS | Brad Izzard


Panther 196

206 matches [1982-1992]

283 points [73 tries]


Mount Druitt junior who was initially a reluctant inclusion in the lower grades, however, his talents had propelled him to a first grade debut at 19. He made an immediate impression, being selected to play for New South Wales after only 13 matches, and playing all 3 matches in the 1982 State of Origin series. However, an injury sustained later that season denied him an opportunity to be selected on the Kangaroo Tour.

With the exception of a fourth(and final) appearance for New South Wales in 1984, further representative opportunities would elude Izzard.

That aside, he would become a regular member of the Panthers line up that was gradually on the rise as a premiership force from the mid 1980s. He would predominantly play in the centres, however, on occasion would be selected at five-eighth, often forming a deadly halves combination with Greg Alexander.

His talents could not be denied, but his size had him often at loggerheads with the club coaches throughout the 1980s with relation to his fitness.

The arrival of Phil Gould as coach in 1990 appeared to give Izzard’s career a shot in the arm, becoming an important member of the Panthers.

In the 1991 grand final, he scored a crucial try in the second half that allowed the Panthers to tie it up at 12-all.

He became the second player in 1992 after Royce Simmons to make 200 first grade appearances for Penrith. A neck injury during that season hampered his efforts, and it eventually led to his retirement.

In 2006, he was named at centre in the “Team of Legends” to celebrate the Panthers’ 40th anniversary.

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