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Bullocking Easts Tigers backrower Brett Greinke first developed a love of dance at school.

He says the pursuit helps him ‘compartmentalise’ his life around his rugby league commitments.

It’s an unusual pursuit for a player who has brushed the elite level of the NRL, coming agonisingly close with the South Sydney Rabbitohs before a luckless run of illness and injury.

With a first grade berth within reaching distance he was struck down by ulcerative colitis that ruined the end of his 2016 season and then a severe ankle break that set him back in 2017.

A previous Indigenous dance teacher, Greinke is most well-known to Queenslanders as captain of the 2014 Brisbane Broncos team which made the National Youth Competition Grand Final.

His honours also include Queensland Residents representation in 2016 and previous selection for the Queensland Universities, Queensland U18 Maroons and Queensland U16 Murri sides.

Brett was kind enough to set aside some time to talk to the crew from our Living League team last weekend and share some insights into what drives him forward.