Top 10 Rugby League Players of All Time

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1Andrew Johns

Are we forgetting his amazing ability to take the line on, I've watched a lot of footy over the past 10 or so years and there have been no halves that have been able to orchestrate a team AS WELL AS having the ability to hit a hole off someone or have the vision to go himself. Apart from the try assist at the death of the '97 girlfriend, my favourite moment watching Andrew Johns was when he went himself against the Roosters close to his retirement and busted through the line to score under the posts, sheer brilliance.

Johns could do all things brilliantly. Read the game, short kick, long kick, goal kick, field goal, set up tries, save tries, great passing game, and hits hard in defense. I believe he was the best all round skilled player, and a brilliant captain as well.

No doubt that Andrew Johns is the greatest rugby league players of all time.

Just simply a freak. The best ever

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2Darren Lockyer

Number 1 Fullback
Number 1 5/8th
Most Capped origin player
Most successful origin captain
Most Australian Captaincies
Most try's for australia
Most games for a single club
Most premiership wins in the club (4 BRISBANE BRONCOS! )
Most games ever played in first grade
Golden boot award twice
Country boy
Bloody legend! Long live the new KING

Lockyer has been dominant since he made his debut until the end of his career he has dominated origin and Australian football, easily the best player to play the game

Not once can you think of a time which Lockyer made a mistake or cost his team a match. A true competitor never had an off day.

He's currently in the top three sandwiched by johns and the king, but I would choose Lockyer as the best purely because he was a true professional! Wally Lewis did nothing at club level and stood tall at rep level. Andrew johns was a pill popping party boy which is fine but at the end of the day no one took their game more seriously than Lockyer

Look up what stats Lockyer achieved in his career compared to any other player in the history of rugby league and you will find that no other player did what Lockyer did in the history of the game and that says it all wouldn't you think -- this should end any arguments even before they start!

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3Wally Lewis

Why can't anyone get this clear wally lewis is the best there ever was him and johns cannot compare lewis is the greatest of all time

The only man capable of playing the game stood still - unique and a Legend

It is debatable as to whether he is the best player of all time but he is definitely the best origin player of all time!

A deceptive player. He was much much better than he looked.

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4Clive Churchill

No Andrew johns Darren Lockyer and wally were good but no one is better than Clive Churchill he could play any of the backs there's no doubt that he is the best

Shame he played for South Sydney

He ha a medal written with his name on it he shoul be definitely first

He Kept Playing with a broken arm. No one who plays today would do that. - keegan11

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5Brad Fittler

Gretest player I have ever seen, far better than Lockyer in my opinion. Lockyer can't tackle well and Corey Parker and Sam Thaiday cover for him, Fittler defended like a forward. Fittler could play 4 positions, Lockyer 2. Lockyer had tons of assistance from 3 of his 4 premierships, Fittler had little from his 2. Summary: Fittler better running game, kicking game, passing game, defensive game, better in leading a team and my hero GO FREDDY FITTLER

Brad fittler was one of the best players to the play game and also one of the under credited players he would have won a lot more medals if he was playing today... he played in a tough time in Rurby league when their was heaps of great players therefore it was much harder to be the best and he sould be denfinally in top 5

The greatest player I have seen play, could do it all, from defense to offense, I make my son watch him play so he can be the complete player like freddy was

Too good I just have nothing to say

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6Jonathan Thurston

THIS MAN.. Should be number one... He came from nothing and became much more... The game of rugby league was once nothing and became much more... No one wanted J. T he offered clubs himself for free and still no one wanted him... He went to the bulldogs and came a premiership... He went to cowboys and there came a finals appearance... There he stood in a maroon jersey next to Darren lockyer on his debut year for maroons a streak started the greatest streak origin has ever had... The only player in those six years of the streak to play every game... He came from nothing... And became MUCH MORE


Best player of all time no one can get hit like Thurston off load the ball and get straight back up like it was nothing kicking game is 99.9% all round best player. He never gives up makes plays out of nothing BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME

He isn't number 1 yet but he will surely finish number 1 by the end of his career

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7Ellery Hanley

If he had been born in Australia, he would have acknowledged as the greatest ever

The greatest I ever saw, the George best of rugby league and I mean when George best was at his best

Why's there only aussies and kiwis

The back pearl! Legend of the game.

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8Billy Slater

He is the best fullback ever seen and also he is to fast then the other fullback, very dangerous man
Go Billy the kid.

Billy Slater is an amazing Fullback! He is always getting himself into plays that they need him in! He is also someone who is just considerate as well during his games! The best thing I love about watching Billy play is the plays that he gets into, the full length of the field tries! Now they are amazing.

I am absolutely a Billy Slater, and Melbourne Storm fan!

Just brilliant, very dangerous & fabulous to watch.

Brilliant player

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9Greg Inglis

Honestly no one can has his size speed and strength a pure freak of nature has you on the edge of your seat every time he touches the ball, he WILL go down as one as one of the greatest players to ever play the sport.

Greg inglis is almost certainly the best player ever. He makes runs and break tackles like which have never been seen. Some of the things this man has done on the field are nothing short miraculous. As a queenslanda I love locky, don't get me wrong, the amount of times he has won a game at the death is astounding. But I'm pretty sure if you asked him to name a team for anything, Greg inglis would be number 1 on the list.

He strenght on the ball is unbeleivable he carries the ball like its a tennis ball. He's a amazing full back for the south sydney rabbitohs. He also is very quick so when he receives a inside ball from adam reynolds he will bolt through them gaps1!

He is the best player of all time I think from his biggest fan

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10Steve Menzies

Steve Menzies was a strong defender and in 1995 scored 22 tries in 22 games. In addition, at one stage he was 104 tries in 150 games. Probably the best backrower to ever play rugby league in australia.

He scored 180 tries, more than any other forward and 2nd on the all time try scoring list

Mr 110% or maybe 115 what an amazing record. I have watched his whole career with joy. And his work in the community and the recognition he got

Steve menzies what a name

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The Contenders

11Reg Gasnier

He is the best centre ever in the league with his son Mark Gasnier

You would not let anyone on this list tie Gasnier's bootlaces

The greatest centre I have ever seen.

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12Peter Sterling

he's the best player he plays for eels and thats the best! eels rock as well as peter steriling

2nd best halfback in the world now suckers

Seen him play, wow... Speed, agility.
The very best

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13Mal Meninga

Mal meninga is the best player and coach of all time he has scored the most points ever in origen his coaching has gave queensland 7 straight he was a brilliant goal kicker with his toe punt

14Stacey Jones

Very talented rugby player straight out from leuge hies the best player and my favorite

The chip and chase

Stacey Carried the Warriors for years! go the Little General!

Stacey jones is a very awesome player he is small but very strong and talented

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15Arthur Beetson

He is the best ever no one can be more better than him

Known as the greatest Australian forward ever.

16Dally Messenger

Dally Messenger basically gave us rugby league in Australia. His freakish running ability, try scoring ability and the ability to kick goals from his own 25m line, nobody has ever done that since. Not even the South African rugby players at high altitude. His dominance and moral character destroys Andrew Johns, hands down.

stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries had everything great with ball in hand good kicker a playmaker. can't think of anyone else who dominated like him

I think he is Awesome and he should at least be in the top 3

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17Allan Langer

Langer was DA MAN. Would definately be in the top 5, but number 1 in my list. I'm sure others will agree

Little bloke with the heart of o LION and Wayne Pearce is one off the most dedicated players I've ever seen and I'm 75 years young thanks

Laugh out loud at some names before Alfie. I want the drugs the other voters are on...

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18Garry Schofield
19John Raper

Possibly the best all-round rungby league player I ever saw, and I've seen a few since the 1950s. His positional play was superb and I don't recall him ever missing a tackle. And his tackles weren't the "second in" or "third in" efforts we see nowadays, he went in first, usually went low, and had his opponent on the ground before he could even think about getting a pass away. In attack, he backed up everywhere, had enough pace to make it awkward for opposing teams (he played five-eighth for some time) and had great anticipation.

A great lock and Australian captain.

20Cameron Smith

The greatest number 9 to ever play the game, kicking game, passing game, vision to see what is happening and pick what play is needed, knows hot to control the ruck and just by being on the field he makes everyone else feel calmer and as if they won't lose. He is truly the greatest player I have ever seen.

Cameron is the greatest thinking player, that is and ever has been! Skill and talent honed razed sharp with determination and never say die attitude to the end he will take the ball there himself!
Capt Cam Smith the greatest leader and player ever to b

Better player then at least 40 of the players ahead of him on this rubbish list

Definitely the best player of all time, makes the impossible look so easy

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