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.