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‘New lease on life’: How Peter Arbuckle is thriving in Wheelchair State of Origin

If someone had told an 18-year-old Peter Arbuckle that he would one day represent Queensland and Australia in rugby league, he would have laughed in disbelief.

The North Queensland product gave the game away in 1989 when he joined the Australian Defence Force as an infantry soldier, serving for eight years, including time overseas in Cambodia.

Once he was discharged, returning to the game he played growing up was pretty far from his mind.

Then, in 2015, Arbuckle lost his left leg.

“I lost my leg in 2015… it was a motorbike accident in Townsville,” Arbuckle said.

“I was moving house. The motorbike was the last thing to be moved from the old house to the new house and the rest is history.”

This was no doubt a difficult time for Arbuckle, but through the pain and the recovery came a “lucky” meeting.

Arbuckle’s daughter’s friend introduced the now 50-year-old to her…


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