- State of Origin debut: Game I, 2020
- Man of the Match - Game II, 2023
- FOGS Peter Jackson Memorial Award - 2023
Prop forward Lindsay Collins will always be remembered for his performance for Queensland in the third and deciding State of Origin match in Brisbane in 2020.
It was his debut series, and he played all three matches, with a bone-jarring tackle on New South Wales' five-eighth, Cody Walker one of the highlights of Queensland's 20-14 win in Game III, at Suncorp Stadium.
Collins attended Padua College in Brisbane and played league and union, while also playing junior rugby league for Brothers. His grandfather is former Test winger, Lionel Williamson, a renowned sprint coach, who tutored Collins' running style.
Collins was signed by the Broncos in 2014 and the following year, represented Queensland Under 20s, against New South Wales. Collins signed with the Sydney Roosters in 2017 and made his NRL debut in Round 12 that year.
The biggest thing is you don’t want to let anyone down.Lindsay Collins FOG #210
The Roosters won back-to-back NRL titles in 2018 and 2019, and although Collins did not play in the grand finals, he played his role in the premiership successes, featuring in the preliminary finals in both seasons.
Queensland coach Wayne Bennett called on Collins for the 2020 Origin series and the then 24-year-old played all three matches off the interchange bench.
An ACL injury curtailed Collins' ambitions in 2021. At the start of the 2022 season, he had played 49 NRL games.
Collins: 'I enjoy the toughness of the game'
Collins started the year in fine form which saw him selected in the Maroons Origin squad for the 2022 series. Collins occupied a starting position for the Maroons in the front row after Christian Welch was ruled out with an ACL injury.
The Maroons went on to win the series in a Game III decider at Suncorp. Collins capped off a huge year playing finals with the Roosters and earning selection in the Kangaroos squad for the World Cup. Collins played three games for the successful Kangaroos outfit.
Collins took his game to a new heights in 2023, with impressive form across all levels of the game. The Roosters forward made his intentions clear during Origin starring for the Maroons, out leaping his club fullback Tedesco to setup a try for Munster to secure victory for Queensland in Game I. In Game II, Collins had another outstanding performance claiming Man of Match honours after some huge plays helped Queensland secure back-to-back series victories.
Stafford to the Maroons: Lindsay Collins
After an impressive series for the Maroons, Collins was presented with the FOGS Peter Jackson Memorial award, as the person who made the greatest contribution to the Origin squad. Collins was later awarded the Members Player of the Year and the Jack Gibson Medal as Roosters best and fairest.
The Roosters forward wasn't finished just yet, as he was selected to play for the Kangaroos in the Pacific Championships, where he scored his first career double for the Kangaroos in their 36-18 victory over the Kiwis.
Lindsay Collins: ‘It’s a bit of a blur at the moment’