5 June 2023

Region Riverina vs Group 9's Braydon Sharrock (Wagga Kangaroos)

| Glenn Pallister
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Braydon Sharrock was sidelined in round one with a knee injury. Photo: Supplied.

Braydon Sharrock is a barnstorming veteran front-rower for the Wagga Kangaroos in Group 9 Rugby League and has been a fixture of the competition for more than a decade.

Big ‘Braydo’ is also a serving NSW police officer who has represented the boys in blue in footy at an international level, making his debut for the Australian Police team and scoring a try against a New Zealand side in Melbourne in 2014.

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Unfortunately, 2023 got off to a rough start for the Kangaroos enforcer and he is confined to the sidelines after badly injuring his knee in the opening game of the season.

The Roos were on the way to a big win over defending champions Gundagai at McDonalds Park when Braydo went down with a torn patella in the final minutes, causing the game to be wrapped up early.

While the injury had initially looked season- and possibly career-ending, Braydo is making a steady recovery and hopes to be back on the paddock as soon as he can.

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Braydo with the ‘Big Marn’ Darryl Brohman at the Kangaroos season launch. Photo: Supplied.

Where are you from and where did you first start playing footy?

I was born in Albury and first started playing footy for the Wagga Brothers.

What’s your best footy memory?

Playing footy for the NSW Police rep team vs Qld Police at Accor Stadium before Origin I in 2022. (NSW Police ran in three second-half tries to secure a 28-12 win)

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Favourite player as a kid and why?

Darren Lockyer as he was so skilful and made it look easy. I was a Broncos supporter as well.

Favourite childhood meal you can remember?

Easy, Mum’s lasagne – still is!

Favourite ground to play on and why?

McDonalds Park (Equex) as it’s the best ground in Group 9 and my home ground.

Rugby League

Braydo runs the ball up for NSW Police against Queensland in the Origin curtain-raiser in 2021. Photo: NSWPRL.

Why should young kids take up rugby league?

Apart from the obvious health benefits, it’s fun. But most importantly it teaches kids discipline and teamwork. The best work colleagues are always the ones who have played a team sport and especially rugby league.

Do you have a celebrity lookalike?

Braith Anasta or Paul Vaughn (former NRL players) so I’m told.

What annoys you?

People who drive 80 in a 100 zone and then get to an 80 zone and do 60.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Get out of your head and into your life.

On a car trip from the region to Sydney who would you not want in the passenger seat?

Current Kangaroos teammates and fellow front-rowers Luke Ingram or James Hay – I wouldn’t get a word in.

Any person (dead or alive) you would want in the passenger seat?

LeBron James.

Down to your last $20 – what would you spend it on?

Two happy meals for my beautiful boys Charlie and Ted.

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