Timeline: The 16 season NRL journey of Jacob Lillyman

Jacob Lillyman was born on March 7, 1984 in Richmond Queensland.

Attending Kirwan State High School, Lillyman played Australian Schoolboys in 2002.

A Cowboys junior, Lillyman made his NRL debut in 2003 against the Newcastle Knights in Round 22.

He made the Queensland Under 19s representative side that year and played three games in his rookie season.


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He missed a fair chunk of the 2004 season due to injury and failed to play first grade before turning around his fortunes the following year. 

In 2005 he made 12 appearances for the Cowboys and 18 tackle breaks.

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He also secured his fist NRL try. It was in Round 12 against Canterbury-Bankstown.

While the Cowboys made the grand final that year, Lillyman didn't feature in the loss to the Wests Tigers.


In 2006 he played another 15 NRL games and solidified himself as a regular first grader.

He also made his first appearance in the State of Origin arena for Queensland.

The following year saw the prop play 21 games with 25 tackle breaks and 493 tackles.

In 2008 he was averaging 56 minutes per game, the most of his career.

He was in fine form but forced to leave the Cowboys due to salary-cap pressures.

He debuted for the Warriors in Round 1.


He played 24 games and averaged 53 minutes that season.

In 2009 and 2010 he did not feature in the Origin series but was recalled for the 2011 series.

It was this year former Warriors coach Ivan Cleary switched him from second row to prop.

He played 26 games in 2011.


He missed the 2012 and 2013 Origin series before returning to the Maroon jersey in 2014.

He was averaging 122.22 metres per game in 2014 and made 553 tackles for the Warriors.

The following year he played another 21 games for the Auckland-based team.

In 2016 he became just the 11th player to reach 150 NRL games for the Warriors.

He made 602 tackles that year.

The 2017 season was his last in Auckland.


Game one of the 2017 State of Origin series was also his final appearance in the Queensland side with Lillyman finishing up with 14 Origins to his name.

He averaged 126.52 running metres in his 21 games that season.

At the end of the year he inked a one-year-deal with Newcastle.

He debuted for the Knights in the first round of the 2018 season in their one-point golden point win over Manly.

He's currently sitting on more than 260 first grade games.