THE BIG 0'S 15 TO 1

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WHAT'S THE BUZZ -

The in rugby great­est league in­dige­nous since 1970 play­ers 15. MATT BOWEN: The neme­sis of tir­ing for­wards, he scored 130 tries dur­ing a stel­lar NRL ca­reer.

14. GREG BIRD: With Ricky Stu­art, the only NSW player to win con­sec­u­tive man of the match awards in Ori­gin. Also played in 18 Test matches.

13. SAM BACKO: With an un­par­al­leled 87 per cent win­ning record in Ori­gin, this powerhouse front-rower had to be in­cluded. ncluded.

12. LARRY COROWA: He was af­fec­tion­ately known as the Black Flash — and for good rea­son. His blind­ing

pace net­ted him 24 tries es in his de­but sea­son.

11. STEVE ELLA: The Zip Zip Man was an in­te­gral cog in the Eels back­line dur­ing their hal­cyon days of the 1980s.

10. ERIC SIMMS: Pre­mier­ship­win­ning full­back and ar­guably the great­est “toe poker” the game has seen.

9. DALE SHEARER: A Queensland stalwart for more than a decade who also never put a foot wrong in 20 Test matches.

8. SAM THAIDAY: Twenty-nine Ori­gins cou­pled with 32 Test matches and there you have an out­stand­ing re­sume.

7. STEVE RE­NOUF: In full flight, he was po­etry in n mo­tion. The Pearl scored 185 tries dur­ing g his 242-game ca­reer.

6. GORDEN TALLIS: There was no more feared ared back­rower dur­ing the ’90s than the man re­ferred to as Rag­ing Bull.

5. CLIFF LYONS: In an­other era, he would have played three times as many rep­re­sen­ta­tive matches. In terms of ball skills, there have been few bet­ter.

4. GREG INGLIS: GI left an in­deli­ble mark af­ter a sublime 14-year ca­reer in which he achieved ev­ery­thing the game had to of­fer.

3. LAU­RIE DA­LEY: The e first in­dige­nous player to cap­tain NSW in Ori­gin and his coun­try, not to men­tion he’s a three-time premier­ship win­ner.

2. JOHNATHAN THURSTON: I don’t need to wax lyri­cal about JT’s ac­com­plish­ments, suf­fice to say that rugby league im­mor­tal­ity awaits him.

1. ARTHUR BEETSON: N: Speak­ing of Im­mor­tals, , who else could be at num­ber one than this gi­ant of our game. He is the great­est and most st re­spected for­ward I’ve seen.

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