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Stats show Petero Civoniceva is ultimate warrior

Written By : Dean Ritchie. He is rugby league’s supreme gladiator. In fact, Petero Civoniceva now has claims to be rated as the greatest warhorse in the game’s century-long history.
12 Nov 2010 12:00

image Written By : Dean Ritchie.
He is rugby league’s supreme gladiator.
In fact, Petero Civoniceva now has claims to be rated as the greatest warhorse in the game’s century-long history.
Fox Sports Stats has revealed extraordinary figures which illustrate the sheer resilience and toughness of Civoniceva, the ageless Australian and Penrith front-rower.
Over the past 10 years since debuting for Queensland, Civoniceva, 34, has played 27 out of a possible 30 State of Origin games.
In the same time frame he has played 43 of a possible 48 Test matches, including Sunday’s 34-14 win over England in Melbourne.
Overall, he has played 70 from a potential 78 games at senior representative level – a truly astonishing performance.
Civoniceva’s 43 Tests since 2001 is the most of any player in the world during that period. Darren Lockyer is second on 39, England’s Jamie Peacock third on 37.
The Queensland prop is already the most capped Test forward of all time and Australia’s fourth highest behind Lockyer (53), Mal Meninga (46) and Graeme Langlands (45).
Civoniceva’s 27 Origin appearances since 2001 is the most of any player in that time, with Lockyer (26) again running second.
And just for good measure, Civoniceva has played 267 NRL games for the Panthers and Broncos.
“I’ve been lucky the body has held up and so has my form,” Civoniceva told The Daily Telegraph.
“A lot of players have to get surgery and miss these end-of-season tournaments.
“There is no secret [behind his longevity].
“I just love playing in the green and gold and playing State of Origin.”



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