THE BIG 0'S 15 TO 1
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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