The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -


IT was a job your colum­nist found even harder than se­lect­ing a NSW Ori­gin squad.

Pick­ing the best in­dige­nous rugby league team of the past 40 years to co­in­cide with the NRL’s in­dige­nous round.

Even­tu­ally I came up with a team that would blow any side off the park. A mix­ture of cham­pi­ons and the most won­der­fully skilled play­ers.

The big­gest prob­lem was leav­ing out so much in­cred­i­ble tal­ent. You get your au­to­matic se­lec­tions such as Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston, Arthur Beet­son, Gor­den Tal­lis and Steve “The Pearl” Re­nouf.

But then it gets hard.

Like choos­ing Nathan Mer­ritt on one wing in pref­er­ence to Wen­dell Sailor, John “Chicka” Fer­gu­son or Larry Corowa. Or hav­ing to move Lau­rie Da­ley to the cen­tre to ac­com­mo­date Cliffy Lyons at five-eighth.

It just goes to show how much re­mark­able in­dige­nous tal­ent rugby league has been blessed with.

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