The Courier-Mail

Are you game to pick best halfback?

- PAUL KENT

THE NRL welcomes Daly Cherry-Evans Round this week, otherwise known as Round 13.

Cherry-Evans is one of the premier halfbacks in the game. How he will be remembered remains to be seen.

Legacy is something we have taken to celebratin­g rather lately in rugby league. We don’t celebrate our heroes enough.

The Men of League is changing that, though.

Australia’s great charity, there to offer a hand to anybody from the rugby league community, the Men of League has announced its Magnificen­t Seven competitio­n – finding the seven greatest halfbacks of the television era.

It is planned to be an annual event. Next year it might be the great fullbacks, or hookers, or even coaches.

The 14 finalists are: Greg Alexander, Cooper Cronk, Andrew Johns, Stacey Jones, Brett Kimmorley, Allan Langer, Steve Mortimer, Barry Muir, Tom Raudonikis, Billy Smith, Peter Sterling, Ricky Stuart, Arthur Summons and Johnathan Thurston.

They each have their credential­s.

The only certain choice is Andrew Johns, who was chosen as rugby league’s eighth Immortal in the 2008 centenary celebratio­ns.

The halfbacks have been chosen from the television era, where vision exists and which began in 1961 with Summons.

The 14 finalists will be culled to seven to form the “Magnificen­t Seven” and they will be announced at the Men of League’s gala dinner on July 16.

The gala was moved from grand final week to Round 19 to coincide with Heritage Round.

The public is being asked to vote by going to menofleagu­e.com. A panel of judges have also been employed to ensure the vote’s integrity.

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