Billy Moore

Rugby league legend.


Billy Moore born 1971 in Tenterfield, New South Wales (strange place for a Qlder!) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 90s. Usually playing at Lock or in the Second-row, he played representative football for both Queensland and Australia.

Current work

Billy now co-owns a Augello’s restaurant on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba which has been awarded 2 World and 5 Australian Gourmet Best Pizza awards in its 23 year history.

Currently commentating on ABC Radio and Fox Sports, Billy mixes this with his guest speaking and two crazy sons!

Previous experience

In the beginning: Moore represented New South Wales under-17s while in high school at Stanthorpe, Qld. He moved to the North Sydney Bears in 1989 and played in the club’s reserve grade premiership side. With a radical change of the guard the following year, Moore and a number of other players (including long-time back-row partner David Fairleigh) became regular first graders the following year and propelled the club from also-rans in 1989 to finalists in 1991. Although Moore broke his jaw at the start of that year, he played superbly in the first semi-final win by the Bears for 39 years against Manly, scoring two tries. Moore was first selected in Queensland’s State of Origin side in 1992. Moore was the sole try-scorer in the Maroons’ 5-4 win in the second match of the series at Lang Park.

”Queenslander!”: Moore was a regular selection for the maroon jersey for six seasons and famously yelled ‘Queenslander! Queenslander!’ in an attempt to motivate an underdog Maroons team on their way out of the tunnel in 1995. Moore was reacting to the fact that New South Wales players had said they would belt the first person that said he was a Queenslander. Against all odds, the young Queenslanders won the series 3 nil without its star Super League players. Moore’s unusually exuberant and aggressive call of “Queenslander! Queenslander!” was repeated on future television coverage of State of Origin series for many years and has in recent times had a resurgence at the Qld public adopt it as their ‘War Cry’! Moore finally got to win the Green and Gold when he won a place in Australia’s World Cup squad at the end of the year. He made one appearance in the competition, against South Africa, before playing further ARL Tests against Fiji (1996) and Rest of the World (1997) in consecutive years.

Retirement: Moore’s value for North’s can be measured by the fact that the club failed to fire in the 1994 final against the Canberra Raiders after he was forced to leave the field with concussion. At the end of 1999, Moore reluctantly retired when he refused to play in the merged Bears/Manly Northern Eagles club and knocked back offers from 3 other NRL clubs.

Awards: In 2000 Moore was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia’s international standing in rugby league. In August, 2006 he was named in the North Sydney Bears’ Team of the Century.