The Former Origin Greats (FOGS) is a non-profit organisation founded by the late Richard ‘Tosser’ Turner in 1997.
The FOGS members are the elite group of players who have represented Queensland at State of Origin level since its inception in 1980. Many of Australia’s highest profile sportsmen are FOGS, including Mal Meninga, Shane Webcke, Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson, Kevin Walters, Allan Langer, Gene Miles, Johnathan Thurston, Darren Lockyer, Scott Prince and Gorden Tallis.
The Former Origin Greats (FOGS) are committed to inspiring and developing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and assist in ‘Closing the Gap’ in education between First Nations People and non-Indigenous Australians.
Aside from the work the organisation does with Indigenous communities throughout Queensland, the FOGS are also committed to raising funds for designated charities, supporting the State of Origin series and Origin staff and players along with aiding in the development of Rugby League within Queensland.
Overseeing the FOGS operations is the Executive Chairman, Gene Miles with a Board of Directors that includes:
- Wally Lewis
- Chris Close
- Trevor Gillmeister
- Gavin Allen
- Rod Morris
- John Ribot-de-Bresac
- Alan Graham
- Troy Collings
- Deborah Wilson
- Karyn Murphy
- The commitment to raising funds for designated charities
- To support the State of Origin series and origin staff and players
- Aiding in the development of Rugby League within Queensland
- Actively mentoring Indigenous people and communities throughout Queensland