The man who beat Alfie to a Suncorp statue

WALLABIES great John Eales is to be honoured with the next statue at Suncorp Stadium in a move that will bump the bronzing of league luminary Allan Langer down the batting order.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is today set to announce the nod for one of Queensland rugby's legends.

It is a worthy nod that iconic Suncorp Stadium is the home of sport in Queensland not just rugby league.

There could not be a finer choice than Eales, who captain the Wallabies to their last Rugby World Cup triumph in 1999 after being a key part of the 1991 success as well.

Eales, 47, played 86 Tests and 112 times for Queensland to become the most recognised face of a golden era for the code in Australia.

Former Wallabies captain John Eales. Picture: Robert Shakespeare/AAP
Former Wallabies captain John Eales. Picture: Robert Shakespeare/AAP

The Eales statue in bronze is to be the first for the plaza at the Milton Road end of the stadium.

Rugby union administrators have been active since 2013 in driving for a significant rugby feature at the famous ground where the Wallabies played in 1965.

The new statue will be the first to be located at the Milton Rd end of Suncorp Stadium.
The new statue will be the first to be located at the Milton Rd end of Suncorp Stadium.

It was to be an architecturally-designed monument called The Scrum with a display of significant milestones through the code's history of more than 130 years in Queensland.

Broad approval had already been ticked off but the shift to a statue of arguably the state's greatest rugby player will be widely applauded.

Rugby league's bronzed guard of honour for fans arriving at the stadium via the Caxton Street plaza will surely grow beyond Wally Lewis, Darren Lockyer, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga.

A couriermail.com.au poll has already voted Broncos great Langer as the champion of the people that fans most want to see join that cast.

State of Origin greats Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston would also be highly fancied to be honour this way in the future.

The stadium has handled 14.8 million fans for the footy codes since the stadium upgrade of 2003.

Rugby union matches for the Wallabies and Queensland Reds have pulled 3.7 million fans through the turnstiles, second only to the pull of league (8.2 million).