* Professional club appearances and points counted for domestic first grade only.
Walter James "Wally" Lewis AM (born 1 December, 1959 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian former rugby league footballer who was one of the most pre-eminent five-eighths of the 1980s.
In his school days, Wally Lewis played representantive rugby union. After switching to league he played in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership with Brisbane Valleys from 1978-83, also making his debuts for Queensland and Australia during that time. He toured Great Britain with the 1982 "Invincibles" as vice-captain. Lewis played for English First Division side Wakefield Trinity for a short spell in 1983/84 and he remains a favourite of Trinity fans, who named their fanzine Wally Lewis is Coming. Trinity won 5 of 10 games during Lewis's stay, including a win over St.Helens in which Lewis scored a hat-trick. After his final match on 12 February Trinity did not win another game and were relegated to the second division. He then moved to Wynnum-Manly where he played from 1984 to 1987. In 1985, Lewis won the inaugral RLIF Golden Boot Award for best international player in the world. In 1987 he was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to rugby league football".
BRL and England
Several New South Wales Rugby League premiership clubs attempted to lure Wally Lewis south during the 1980s, including Manly-Warringah which came closest to contracting him in 1986, but he signed with the Brisbane Broncos as inaugral captain of the side on their inception in 1988. Lewis was the Broncos' top try-scorer in their first season.
Two seasons later, in order to increase the Broncos' success in the Winfield Cup, Broncos coach Wayne Bennett controversially sacked Lewis as club captain and gave the role to centre, Gene Miles. Miles had retired from representative football, and Bennett hoped he could remove the team's reliance on Lewis. In another blow for the King, Lewis was moved from his favoured five-eighth position to lock to make way for new Canberra signing and Ipswich product Kevin Walters. Controversy reared in the 1990 semi-final victory over Manly-Warringah when Bennett left Lewis on the bench, even though Lewis was desperate to prove his fitness before the upcoming Kangaroo Tour, which he was eventually ruled out of.
In 1991, Lewis joined the Gold Coast Seagulls. He played both his last test match and his last State of Origin match that year. He captained and coached Gold Coast for two seasons in 1991 and 1992 but finished both seasons in last place. The following year he stopped playing but continued coaching the Seagulls, but departed after a third consecutive wooden spoon.
Lewis later coached the Queensland State of Origin side in 1993 and 1994 but never won a series.
Following his retirement from the sport, Lewis became a sports presenter for Channel Nine's National Nine News in his home town of Brisbane.
During the nightly news broadcast of 16 November 2006, Lewis previewed the sports segment but was not onscreen when the program returned from the commercial break, with newsreader Bruce Paige instead presenting the sports segment. A similar event occurred two weeks later, on 30 November, when Lewis appeared onscreen and began to read the autocue, saying "Good evening" before seeming distressed. A scheduled report was then played, with Paige delivering the rest of the bulletin. Following these events, Lewis was given medical leave for the rest of the year.