Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Legend Reveals His One Regret; Alfie Talks Water Boys, Statues and Dancing on Top of Tables with Reporter Matt Collins

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Legend Reveals His One Regret; Alfie Talks Water Boys, Statues and Dancing on Top of Tables with Reporter Matt Collins

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ALLAN Langer is one of the greatest rugby league players to ever pick up a ball. At 52, he is still involved in the game he loves as a self-confessed water boy. The Caloundra local shares a chat about his life lessons, including his highest achievements and biggest regrets.

Matt Collins: At 52, you run out on that field like you want to get the ball. What are some of the things that keep you so fit and healthy?

Allan Langer: Well, I enjoy life. I walk and run most days. I do a few light weights just to keep fit. As everyone knows, I enjoy a drink and a good time, but on the other side you've got to eat well, you've got to have a balance. I train most days, even if I have a little bit of a hangover, you've still got to get up and train and get out of bed.

MC: Do you train with Broncos boys as well?

AL: No, they're far too much for me. I do it on my own so I can go as hard or as soft as I need to go.

MC: I am assuming you don't lose that competitive spirit or that need to do well. Do you still have that?

AL: Well, even at a game, I keep calling for it but they won't pass it to me. But I am lucky to still be involved with the Queensland team and the Broncos. But to be out on the field and running around, it is a great feeling. It's the best place to watch the game.

MC: Let's talk State of Origin. Players like yourself, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, are there to assist and mentor the players. I am assuming a lot of that is just to pass on your experiences and what they should be doing before the game.

AL: Yeah definitely, Kevvie Walters has done a great job the last few years. Mal (Meninga) started it, where he brought ex-players in that have been involved in Origin and know what it's all about.

MC: You've won everything there is to win. What is the proudest achievement that you hold in your remarkable sporting career?

AL: I think the recent statue they put at Suncorp Stadium. It is amazing. It is a pay-off for everything you have given to rugby league and the community. It's out there for my kids and my grandkids to see in the future. I owe that all to my junior coaches, all my school teachers and everyone who was involved with me to get me where I am today.

MC: You've been immortalised and there's not many human beings that can say that. When that idea was first floated with you, what did you think about it?

AL: I was pretty embarrassed to tell you the truth. But on the day, it was marvellous. The great Wally Lewis was the compere and having my mum and wife and all my family there to see that day happen, it was pretty special.

MC: Alfie, of all the questions I got from people to ask you, the number one question was, 'Is it life size?' Is the statue your actual height?

AL: Well I think I towered over it, so I don't think it actually is life-size. Because I've grown over the last number of years, so I think the sculptor might have got it wrong. …

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