101 Great Rugby League Players



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    the book is in mint condition for only $5 so may donate to my ex first grade player whom I checked out last week he played for the state, can I tell you what he said after last SOO?

    For what it’s worth, go ahead and tell us.

    That RF should have been hooker for SOO - you could not have guessed of of course. My mate had played centre and 5/8 representing state and first grade and hooker as well in lower grades. I was almost blowing a gasket to get that out.

    Well BBf I’ll give you a point for flogging a dead horse :deadhorse:

    I’ll also go out on a limb and say that MAYBE if it was 1001 Great Rugby League Players, your mate may sneek in at 1001 - however I wouldn’t put money on it.


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    In the book 101 Great Rugby League PLayers they don’t have Jarryd Hayne but have Wayne Pearce but no Robbie Farah - there is no justice in the world. (benji is in there)

    Robbie Farah in the top 100?
    Was feeling down this morning and needed a laugh. Thanks BBF!

    Glad I could help. Who knows when the next edition comes out in ten years time if RF has finally retired he may take Wayne’s posi.

    Out of curiosity, is it a recent edition thing or a few years old?

    2012, apparently various groups have put out similar books in the past, about 15 or 20 years apart.



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    Brett Kenny was the best Ive seen….he must be up pretty high

    No Kenny should not be in the book. He is too good. And I agree best I have ever seen, edging out the amazing Steve Rogers by a hair.


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    Brett Kenny was the best Ive seen….he must be up pretty high

    S Rogers 31 and B Kenny 46, I thought Ron Coote at 15 was too high. They should have given Jonah Lomu a guest nominal appearance. They could have a sneakiness classification for Backdoor Benny - no. 1. But shame he kept it up after his playing days. He should done a late transfer to Bunnies and given them a leg down.



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    Robbie Farah in the top 100?
    Was feeling down this morning and needed a laugh. Thanks BBF!

    Glad I could help. Who knows when the next edition comes out in ten years time if RF has finally retired he may take Wayne’s posi.

    Out of curiosity, is it a recent edition thing or a few years old?

    2012, apparently various groups have put out similar books in the past, about 15 or 20 years apart.

    I first saw a Top 100 Rugby League players as a kid, it was a magazine printed by Rugby League Week, in about 1991 (give or take a year). Churchhill #1, Jr about #99, Langer and Lewis yes but no Lockyer yet. Mal was about #13. Even Snoz O’Connor was in there.



  • A lot of people tend to remember great or really good players as being better than they really were. To be fair, some in hindsight were a lot better than given credit for.

    It depended on certain circumstances, what you choose to remember and if you don’t place the players in their era. It is very subjective whether there would be many players from years ago that could be placed ahead of players in the current game. As an e.g. would anybody seriously place Brett Kenny ahead of Jonathan Thurston or Arthur Summons or Peter Sterling ahead of Andrew Johns. Billy Slater, Graham Langlands, Ken Thornett, Graham Eade ahead of Clive Churchill.

    I think you have to place a player in their era and consider how they dominated the game or changed how RL was played. If you do this then it is no wonder that Clive Churchill is number one - unfortunately people picking 101 players or the greatest team of all time do not use this type of criteria in selection.


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    I haven’t seen that much of Slater but more of Churchill, was Churchie as good as Billy the Kid?



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    I haven’t seen that much of Slater but more of Churchill, was Churchie as good as Billy the Kid?

    I have seen them both - but using the criteria of players and their era - Churchill was the best defensive FB that has ever played the game in my opinion. He also changed the role of FB play in attack and became a running FB as well. He changed the way the game was played and so deserves the No. 1 spot imo.

    Take nothing away from Slater he is brilliant - it is no shame to be pipped by a freak.

    I remember a game at Leichhardt - Tigers against Souffs, Churchill had the ball running to the scoreboard end (in those days) and the old grandstands side of the field. He was running to that corner when the Tigers defence started to close in on him and would have pushed him out. The winger came in but was marked, as he got to the 25 he kicked a field goal and won the game as the bell sounded.

    “The Little Master” was an amazing player.



  • Norm Provan should be high in the numbers!


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    101 Great Rugby League Players
    1. C. Churchill
    2. R. Gasnier
    3. J. Raper
    4. G Langlands
    5. D Messenger
    6. Andrew Johns
    7. W Lewis
    8. B Fulton
    9. A Beetson
    10. M Meninga
    11. D Lockyer
    12. K Irvine
    13. Dave Brown
    14. Harold Horder
    15. Ron Coote
    16. Vic Hey
    17. Brian Carlson
    18. Norm Provan
    19. Frank Burge
    20. Duncan Hall
    21. Wally Prigg
    22. Peter Sterling
    23. Brian Bevan
    24. Tom Gorman
    25. Keith Holman
    26. A Langer
    27. M Cronin
    28. Duncan Thompson
    29. Billy Slater
    30. Sid Sandy Pearce
    31. Steve Rogers
    32. Brad Fittler
    33. Eric Weissel
    34. Graham Eadie
    35. Ian Walsh
    36. Chris McKival
    37. Harry Bath
    38 Cameron Smith
    39. Joe Chimpy Busch
    40. Bob McCarthy
    41. Noel Kelly
    42. George Treweek
    43. Brian Davies
    44. Jim Craig
    45. Les Johns
    46 Brett Kenny
    47. Ken Thornett
    48. Billy Smith
    49. Charles Chook Fraser
    50 Laurie Daley
    51. Sid Joe Pearce
    52. Harry Wells
    53. Herb Narvo
    54. Keith Barnes
    55. Ray Price
    56. Howard Hallett
    57. Barry Muir
    58. Glen Lazarus
    59. Cec Blinkhorn
    60. Tommy Raudonikis
    61. Andrew Ettingshausen
    62. Shane Webcke
    63. Lionel Cooper
    64. Roy Bull
    65. Terry Lamb
    66. Eric Grothe
    67. Herb Steinohrt
    68. Ken Kearney
    69. Arthur Pony Halloway
    70. Arthur Clues
    71. Ray Stehr
    72 Kerry Boustead
    73. Kel O’Shea
    74. Bradley Clyde
    75. Brian Hambly
    76. Herb Gilbert
    77. Eddie Lumsden
    78. Jack Rayner
    79. Steve Mortimer
    80. Albert Rosenfeld
    81. Ernie Norman
    82. Peter Mick Madsen
    83. Pat Devery
    84 Johnathan Thurston
    85. Dan Dempsey
    86. Frank McMillan
    87. Johnny King
    88. Vic Armbruster
    89. John O"Neill
    90. Gene Miles
    91. Vic Farnsworth
    92. Benny Wearing
    93 John Sattler
    94 Steve Walters
    95 Greg Inglis
    96 Steve Roach
    97. Bill Cann
    98. Peter Gallagher
    99. Wayne Pearce
    100. Arthur Summons
    101. Benji Marshall
    (102 Robbie Farah - poetic license)



  • I know Cam Smith, Cronk, Slater and Thurston are great, but I hope they don’t come close to Churchill, Gasnier, Raper, Langlands and Dally. I never saw those generations play, but for some reason I like to think the previous guys were better.

    Why I have no idea. Nostalgia for a time I never saw?


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    The full list is now posted up above.



  • Thurston at 84? He’s better by far than most of those in front of him! This list is very subjective.



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    101 Great Rugby League Players
    1. C. Churchill
    2. R. Gasnier
    3. J. Raper
    4. G Langlands
    5. D Messenger
    6. Andrew Johns
    7. W Lewis
    8. B Fulton
    9. A Beetson
    10. M Meninga
    11. D Lockner
    12. K Irvine
    13. Dave Brown
    14. Harold Horder
    15. Ron Coote
    16. Vic Hey
    17. Brian Carlson
    18. Norm Provan
    19. Frank Burge
    20. Duncan Hall
    21. Wally Prigg
    22. Peter Sterling
    23. Brian Bevan
    24. Tom Gorman
    25. Keith Holman
    26. A Langar
    27. M Cronin
    28. Duncan Thompson
    29. Billy Slater
    30. Sid Sandy Pearce
    31. Steve Rogers
    32. Brad Fitler
    33. Eric Weissel
    34. Graham Eadie
    35. Ian Walsh
    36. Chris McKival
    37. Harry Bath
    38 Cameron Smith
    39. Joe Chimpy Busch
    40. Bob McCarthy
    41. Noel Kelly
    42. George Treweek
    43. Brian Davies
    44. Jim Craig
    45. Les Johns
    46 Brett Kenny
    47. Ken Thornett
    48. Billy Smith
    49. Charles Chook Fraser
    50 Laurie Daley
    51. Sid Joe Pearce
    52. Harry Wells
    53. Herb Narvo
    54. Keith Barnes
    55. Ray Price
    56. Howard Hallett
    57. Barry Muir
    58. Glen Lagarus
    59. Cec Blinkhorn
    60. Tommy Raudonikis
    61. Andrew Ettinghausen
    62. Shane Webcke
    63. Lionel Cooper
    64. Roy Bull
    65. Terry Lamb
    66. Eric Grothe
    67. Herb Steinohrt
    68. Ken Kearney
    69. Arthur Pony Halloway
    70. Arthur Clues
    71. Ray Stehr
    72 Kerry Boustead
    73. Kel O’Shea
    74. Bradley Clyde
    75. Brian Hambly
    76. Herb Gilbert
    77. Eddie Lumsden
    78. Jack Rayner
    79. Steve Mortimer
    80. Albert Rosenfeld
    81. Ernie Norman
    82. Peter Mick Madsen
    83. Pat Devery
    84 Johnathan Thurston
    85. Dan Dempsey
    86. Frank McMillan
    87. Johnny King
    88. Vic Armbruster
    89. John O"Neill
    90. Gene Miles
    91. Vic Farnsworth
    92. Benny Wearing
    93 John Sattler
    94 Steve Walters
    95 Greg Inglish
    96 Steve Roach
    97. Bill Cann
    98. Peter Gallagher
    99. Wayne Pearce
    100. Arthur Summons
    101. Benji Marshall
    (102 Robbie Farah)

    Big Thanks for typing BBF!
    That’s awesome.
    Two questions
    Q1.Who do you rank higher.
    RF or Backdoor?

    Q2. And how many Balmain, Wests and WTs are in this list?

    I was going to have a stab at Q2…but I don’t know all the older players and didn’t want to embarrass myself


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    I only know Wests going back to A Summons and Noel Kelly.

    Re Benny and Rf. Benny was around when the scrum was real and Backdoor could win against the feed - so a special talent there - but unfortunately he would lose every fight in the scrum, there Farah excelled.

    Overall RF is more talented due to kicks and reading play and being tougher.


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