Almanac Rugby League: The 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture



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The Tom Brock Bequest Committee is proud to announce details of the 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture.


In this year of unprecedented events, it’s our turn to do something we’ve never done before. We’re hosting the Annual Tom Brock Lecture online!


Join us via Zoom at 6:30pm AEDT on Monday 9 November 2020 to tune into Joe Gorman’s lecture, ’40 Years of State of Origin: The Past, Present and Future of Rugby League’s Showpiece Event’.


Joe Gorman is an independent journalist, author and the 2019 Tom Brock Scholar. His most recent book, Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland, won the 2020 Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance.






Forty years ago, in the inaugural State of Origin match, Arthur Beetson ran onto Lang Park in Brisbane and led Queensland to a famous victory over New South Wales. Since then, Origin has grown from an experimental exhibition game to an unstoppable cultural and commercial juggernaut. In the 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture, journalist and author Joe Gorman explains how Origin changed rugby league, and charts possibilities for its future. 


Following Joe’s lecture is a panel discussion that will discuss the points that Joe raises. The panel includes NSWRL chief executive David Trodden, a notable Queenslander (to be confirmed!) and the Tom Brock Bequest Committee’s Terry Williams as chair.


As with all Tom Brock events, attendance is free.


Please follow this link to register via Zoom:


We look forward to seeing you online!


Andy Carr
Tom Brock Bequest Committee
Australian Society for Sports History


[email protected]


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