Australia’s 100 greatest Rugby League players were named today with Darren Lockyer the only current NRL player to make the prestigious list.
Only Laurie Daley, Andrew Ettingshausen, Bradley Clyde, Allan Langer, Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns, Shane Webcke and Lockyer from the 2000’s era made the side. While every list will be discussed and debated; many felt the omission of Ricky Stuart was one of the big mistakes; with the talented Raider a true standout in his era. While Clyde was a skillful and match winning player – his regular injury withdrawals problem didn’t allow him to reach consistent potential; we felt his spot may have been better suited to Stuart.
Players who retired in the 1990’s included Wayne Pearce, Gene Miles, Peter Sterling, Wally Lewis, Steve Roach, Brett Kenny, Mal Meninga, Terry Lamb, Steve Walters and Glenn Lazarus; all solid choices in this category.
Some of the 1980’s selections included Arthur Beetson, Tom Raudonikis, Graham Eadie, Steve Rogers, Mick Cronin, Ray Price, Steve Mortimer, Kerry Boustead and Eric Grothe.
A total of 38 players were selected from the pre-war years and 62 players from the post-war years.
“100 GREATEST RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYERS OF ALL TIME”
Dally Messenger, Chris Mckivat, Pony Halloway, Albert Rosenfeld, Howard Hallett, Billy Cann, Dan Frawley, Sandy Pearce, Frank Burge, Herb Gilber, Cec Blinkhorn, Les Cubitt, Viv Farnsworth, Harold Horder, Jimmy Craig, Duncan Thompson, Ted Courtney, Chook Fraser, Tom Gorman, Herb Steinohrt, George Treweek, Eric Weissel, Benny Wearing, Vic Armbruster, Dan Dempsey, Wally Prigg, Frank McMillan, Chimpy Busch, Viv Thicknesse, Mick Madsen, Jack Beaton, Ernie Norman, Dave Brown, Andy Norval, Joe Pearce, Herb Narvo, Vic Hey, Ray Stehr.
Arthur Clues, Brian Bevan, Duncan Hall, Harry Bath, Clive Churchill, Brian Davies, Brian Carlson, Keith Holman, Roy Bull, Harry Wells, Ken Kearney, Norm Provan, Kel O’Shea, Keith Barne, Brian Clay, Brian Hambly, Arthur Summons, Ken Thornett, Peter Gallagher, Ian Walsh, Eddie Lumsden, Reg Gasnier, Johnny Raper, Noel Kelly, Barry Muir, Les Johns, Johnny King, Ken Irvine, John Sattler, Graeme Langlands, John O’Neill, Billy Smith, Bob McCarthy, Bob Fulton, Ron Coote, Arthur Beetson, Tom Raudonikis, Graham Eadie, Steve Rogers, Michael Cronin, Ray Price, Steve Mortimer, Kerry Boustead, Eric Grothe, Peter Sterling, Wayne Pearce, Wally Lewis, Steve Roach, Gene Miles, Mal Meninga, Brett Kenny, Terry Lamb, Steve Walters, Glenn Lazarus, Laurie Daley, Andrew Ettingshausen, Bradley Clyde, Allan Langer, Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns, Shane Webcke, Darren Lockyer.