17th February 2017, 12:00 | Warrington

When two worlds collide: Warrington and Brisbane

When two worlds collide: Warrington and Brisbane

Ahead of the opening game of the Dacia World Club Series, we look at five players who have represented both Warrington Wolves and Brisbane Broncos.

Ashton Sims

Warrington prop Ashton Sims has established himself as one of Super League’s most feared forwards but he previously played for Brisbane in the NRL.

Sims made an impact and was a first team regular during his first season with the Broncos in 2008 helping the team make it to the play-off semi-finals that season.

The prop found opportunities harder to come by in his following two years with the club however and moved to North Queensland Cowboys in 2011.

The 31-year-old is now in his third season with the Wolves and has become a fans’ favourite for his aggression on the field and his exuberance off it.

Ashton Sims during the 2015 World Club Series

Allan Langer led Brisbane to five Grand Final wins

 

Allan Langer

Australia legend Allan Langer made 258 appearances for Brisbane and played for Warrington for two seasons towards the end of his playing career.

The 5’5” half-back, aptly nicknamed ‘the little general’, was revered for his kicking and organisational qualities in the middle of the field.

Langer captained the Broncos to five Grand Final victories and also made 34 State of Origin appearances for Queensland - including five as skipper.

The half-back was one of several NRL players recruited by Warrington in 2000 by head coach Darryl van der Velde who immediately named Langer as his captain.

Langer made 55 appearances and led Warrington to the Challenge Cup semi-finals in his first season before returning to Brisbane to finish his career with the Broncos in 2002.

 

Mitchell Dodds

Brisbane prop Mitchell Dodds’ time playing in Super League with Warrington was cut short due to a serious leg injury last season.

After six years playing in the NRL with Brisbane, Dodds moved to Warrington on a one-year-deal but featured just twice for the Wolves before suffering a double leg break while playing against Catalans.

Dodds has since returned to Brisbane but has not named in the squad for the World Club Series game against the Wolves.

The prop’s last match for the Broncos ended in despair as Brisbane were narrowly beaten by North Queensland 17-16 in the 2015 NRL Grand Final.

Dodds will be aiming to help the Broncos to their seventh title this season.

Mitchell Dodds with Brisbane head coach Wayne Bennett

Darren Burns made 77 appearances for Warrington

 

Darren Burns

Darren Burns is viewed by many Warrington supporters as one of the main reasons the Wolves avoided relegation in their dismal 2002 season.

The loose-forward played for Brisbane in 2001 before moving to Warrington and finished his playing career in Super League.

Burns scored 23 tries in his 77 appearances for the Wire before returning to Australia in 2005 to become the Broncos’ game development officer – a post he still holds today. 


Andrew Gee

Brisbane legend Andrew Gee was part of the Broncos’ 1992 World Club Challenge winning side that became the first NRL club to win the trophy in the UK.

Gee is the Broncos fifth all-time highest appearance maker having lined up for Brisbane on 255 occassions during his 13 years with the club.

The prop moved to Warrington in 2000 and scored four tries in his first year with the club before injury limited him to just nine appearances during his second season.

Gee returned to Brisbane for the 2002 campaign and became the club’s general manager following his retirement from playing.