Scott Prince | Biography
Scott Prince was born and raised in a small mining town in north-west Queensland called Mount Isa.
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Scott Prince was born and raised in a small mining town in north-west Queensland called Mount Isa. Scott grew up with his father Les – a hard-working miner who sadly passed in 2001 (missed and never forgotten), his mum Marcia, who stayed at home and put up with two whinging boys, and older brother Stephen, aka Super Coach.

Stephen is Scott’s harshest critic, ringing him every night to teach him the finer points of the great game of rugby league.Scott will forever be indebted to his family and the people of Mt Isa, the place he still calls home.

Scott tries to get back to the place he grew up at least once a year and has a tattoo of the Mount Isa mines surrounding his foot, demonstrating how important it is to Scott to remember where you came from.

Scott is a very proud Aboriginal from the Kalkadoon tribe in the Mount Isa region, something he cherishes and embraces.

Another important part of Scott’s life is his work as ambassador of Learn Earn Legend, encouraging young Indigenous children to stay at school.

Scott was in good personal form with the struggling North Queensland when he controversially left Townsville to link with premier club Brisbane in 2001.
After overcoming a series of injuries and personal tragedies in his three seasons with the Broncos Prince chose to renew his association with former North Queensland coach Tim Sheens at the Wets Tigers. Prince was the Queensland halfback in the 2004 State of Origin series but his form the following year, despite missing out on State of Origin duty, was nothing short of brilliant. In the 2005 grand final Prince captained the club to a maiden premiership and won the Clive Churchill Medal.
Later that year he also became the W’Tigers’ first Test player when called into Australia’s Tri-Nations squad. Prince made his Test debut in Australia’s 20-6 win over Great Britain in Wigan but was used from the interchange bench (coach Wayne Bennett preferring Craig Gower at halfback) in Australia’s shock 24-0 loss to NZ in the final.
There were more shocks as far as Scott prince was concerned; in 2006 he announced that he was leaving the Wests Tigers to join the newly promoted Gold Coast Titans.

Who was your first footy match for?
It was way back when I was five years old in Mount Isa. Town Lions Junior Rugby Leagues Club was the team and I stayed with them until I left my home town to join the Junior Development Squad at the North Queensland Cowboys.
What other sports have you played?
Growing up I was always encouraged to try a wide range of sports. Athletics, basketball, swimming, rugby union, touch footy, cricket and, of course, rugby league.
Have you ever thought of playing another code, rugby union for instance?
There were a couple of sports that I really enjoyed playing in my mid teens. When the junior league competition in Mount Isa was at its lowest point, in terms of attendance, rugby union & touch footy were my alternatives. There was a period when Mat Rogers & Wendell Sailor were playing Super Rugby and for Australia, that I briefly entertained the idea of swapping codes, but at the end of the day I am a rugby league man through and through.
Where and when were you first noticed and by whom?
I was 15 years old, playing touch footy and rugby union, with the occasional game of league due to circumstances I mentioned early. I was part of a NQ Cowboys development squad in Mount Isa and the same year (95) attended a Brisbane Broncos camp in Townsville, where I met Wayne Bennett for the very first time.
After playing a trial game with the Cowboys early the following year (96), I was offered a scholarship, and to add more confusion, Wayne and the Broncos offered a scholarship as well. Right then and there my parents and I were faced with the tough decision on my future. Cowboys won in the end because they were closer to home.
First contract...
The Scholarship provided some pocket money for me through the last years of schooling, but my first real deal was signed at the end of 1998 (first year out of high school).
What's your driving passion and motivation?
Is definitely being the best I can be and a good role model for the younger generation. Winning premierships is what I strive to do every year.
How does it feel to have won a premiership?
I'm very fortunate to have played in a Grand Final, let alone win one. The group of players we had worked very hard for one another and had one common goal. Don't get me wrong, not everything went our way. After blowing out to $151/1 to take out the premiership, we clawed our way back winning eight or nine consecutive games. Even then, we still had our doubters. After the final game in early October, that group of players became brothers.
How did it feel representing Australia and being part of a Kangaroo tour?
Representing Australia and going on tour are certainly highlights of my career. The friendships and memories of playing in the UK I will never forget.
How special was it to be a part of the All Stars and to finally be able to embrace your Aboriginality (on the field)?
Putting on the maroon jersey of Queensland is something I hold close to my heart. It has always been a dream of mine. That's why being overlooked in most recent years has disappointed me, but the passion and desire to wear it again lives on.
Playing State of Origin football is the dream of every young player. You've experienced the highs of winning a clean sweep and the lows of being overlooked for selection. How does it feel?
The All Stars concept has been a successful part of our game over the last two years, one of which I'm proud and honoured to be a part of. It's an opportunity to represent my people and make them feel loud and proud of who they are. I'm also the ambassador for Learn Earn Legend, which allows me to inspire our younger generation to stay in school, get an education and get that job!!!