Top 10 Rugby League Players of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Andrew 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.
Orchestrated teams from National, State and club level. Best player of the modern era. His defense is what sets him apart from the rest. His second premiership with the knights played against the Eels will go down in history as the most dominate half of football by any single player
[Newest]Andrew johns was on drugs

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
Humble
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
Most games played for Australia in history. Most games as captain of Australia in history. Most tries scored for Australia in history. Most games played in state of origin history including being captain of the most successful state of origin team in history. Most club games played in history ( and all of these records do not include super league stats). Only player in history to win two golden boot awards for the best player in the world from two different positions. Three time dally m fullback of the year winner and three time dally m five- eighth of the year winner. Two time dally m representative player of the year award winner ( winning from two different positions! ). Clive churchill medal winner. Provan summons medal winner. Rlif back of the year winner on two occasions. Ron mcauliffe medal winner. Wally lewis medal winner. Harry Sunderland medal winner. Etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc So who do you think is the best player ever to play the greatest game of all?
[Newest]Greatest of all time stats say all you need to know
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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!
[Newest]I have been watching league for 70 years and Lewis was the most dominate footballer of all time. The only player I believe other players feared to play against

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

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5Jonathan 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
THURSTON IS AN AWESOME LEAGUE PLAYER, RECOVERS FAST FROM HIS INJURIES. HE ALSO CAME FROM NOTHING, NO-ONE WAS ACCEPTING HIM INTO THEIR FOOTBALL TEAMS, HE HAD OFFERED SO MANY TEAMS TO PLAY FOR FREE, BUT NONE WOULD ACCEPPT HIM UNTIL HE CAME TO THE BULLDOGS, AND YET STILL PLAYING FOR FREE, HE HAS COME TO BE AS GOOD AS HE IS TODAY!
JT IS THE BEST KICKER TODAY IN RUGBY L HIS KICKS CURVE INTO THE GOAL POST SO NONE CAN MATCH TO HIS KICKING
[Newest]He is just so good I can't believe he is so great

6Brad 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

7Billy 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.
[Newest]If it is how much of a dirty player you are then billy should be number 1

8Stacey Jones
The chip and chase
Very talented rugby player straight out from leuge hies the best player and my favorite
Stacey Carried the Warriors for years! go the Little General!

9Peter 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
Best halfback who ever lived is a great parramata legend and is agreat guy when you meat him in person

10Reg Gasnier
You would not let anyone on this list tie Gasnier's bootlaces
The greatest centre I have ever seen.
A classical centre, his main attribute was his acceleration, that quality which seperates the very good from the champions. He could slide tyhrough a gap before the opposition realised he was gone.

The Contenders

11Steve 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
Absolute freak of a player. One of the best backrowers ever to play the game and a complete gentleman to boot.

12Arthur Beetson
He is the best ever no one can be more better than him
Known as the greatest Australian forward ever.

13Dally 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 tis guy should replace bialys bullshiot position

14Allan Langer
Langer was DA MAN. Would definately be in the top 5, but number 1 in my list. I'm sure others will agree
Allan langer for the win great great player one of the most gifted players to ever wear the number seven Jersey, Amazing how he tormented his apponents with evasiveness and playmakeing!
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
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Laugh out loud at some names before Alfie. I want the drugs the other voters are on...

15Benji Marshall
Not only having the ability to outpace opponents, he outskills and outplays almost every other contender in the game. He has shown these abilities in the world cup and in the tri nations 2010. He has the utmost potential to unseat the current all time greats of this code. Go Benji!
Arthur Summons said it he's changed the game. Benji has raised standards by giving the game more new plays and skills then anyone before. He's only improving and when he makes complete consistency everyone will agree.
he can side step anyone and out skill anyone
[Newest]The skills he uses like for example in the 2005 grand final he used his flick pass this was called one of the best tries ever!

16John 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.

17Greg 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!
[Newest]He is a screamer

18Cameron 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
[Newest]Best hooker of all time, and the best of the best

19Brian O'Driscoll
Brian odrisscoll is a player who deserves a spot in the 10 kings, I respect this player. his leadership is what makes him a good captain and aleader he lead the british and Irish lions which he was told not to play for six months after being dumped on his head in the first test with only 2 minutes into the game Ireland, liencster. he is the seventh best in the rugby union category overall and his skills burst the charts. to be honest this is rigged
The most intelligent player in the world... What a player... Thanks for the memories Brian
I think he's amazing

20Hazem El Masri
Awesome player - legendary story - great rolemodel for human beings!
Hazem is somebody those outside of Australia need to hear more of.
Most player in points
Widely regarded as the greatest kicker of all time
He played with no water or food during rammaadan and played better than his whole team
Greatest player of all time
He's unbelivable grate kicking

21Brett Kimmorley
You go you good thing!

22Mark Gasnier
Can't go past the dragons ledgend

23Andrew Ettingshausen
greatest ever cronulla player. Maybe eigth on the all time list
Amazing strike rate over 100 tries amazing player
Watching this guy never gets old.

24Steve Morris
Slippery Steve is the best you could never catch him and his two twins are following his footsteps GO THE DRAGONS
Blinding speed and deft kicking. Could score from anywhere and often did. Long, flashy runs up the middle of the field are my memory of "slippery" Morris the man no could catch in the big red 'V'.

25John Woods
truly the most entertaining rugby player i have ever seen, i wants spoke to him before a game, when he played at leigh - he told me what he would do and what time he would do it - he did it after he did this he pointed at me in the crowed and winked, another true legend
Absolute class with the ball in hand or with his feet. Could create a try from nothing one of the most underrated players of all time.
Finest British footballer of his generation. Very quick and elusive runner with an amazing range of passes. Incredibly effective tackler. Pursued relentlessly by Hull in the early 80s with world record bids. Would have played for GB many more times had he moved then but stayed with his hometown club Leigh for a few more years
[Newest]The greatest all-round rugby league player of all time. Fantastic try scorer/goal kicker and I've never seen anybody tackle better before or since -sheer class.

26Ellery 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

27Sonny Bill Williams
One of the best. Can play any position and still be as good as he already is
The only player that can play every position
On a league field... Enough said..
Just a beast of a man

28Graeme Langlands
A radiation of spectacular proportion
Greatest fullback ever, great footwork, read the game brilliantly.

29Joe Rokocoko
The man @ league. One of the best players who I have ever seen and with the ability to be devastating on his day. He is of course not to be confused with the Rokocoko who played for the All Blacks.

30Jamie Soward
Jamie Soward is the dragons best player he was the one who kicked the tigers out of the semi GO THE DRAGONS

31Mal 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

32Alex Murphy
he has done more for rugby league than any other player of all time, he was a great player and a better coach, a true rugby legend, he won things at every club he went to. At leigh he won a cup as a player and as a coach
The greatest british player of all time.

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33Bob Fulton
Could do anything - including goalkicking if he had to. Great defender and had marvellous acceleration.

34Brett Kenny
I have been watching RL since the 1970's and have to say Brett Kenny is the most naturally gifted and intelligent player I have ever seen. Never seen a player with so much time. Had everything. First saw him when Kangaroos toured UK IN 1982. He also played for Wigan for a short while, and although I'm a Cas fan it was brilliant to watch him live.
Brett Kenny is the best most gifted player to grace the field. Awesome evasiveness, speed, defense, amazing passing. A truley graceful player who made everyone smile at his pure gift for rugby league. THE GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME FULL STOP.
Brilliant when at Wigan head and sholders above any player I've ever seen. Simply the best..
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Masterful center. Simply brilliant with dazzling speed and perfect passing.

35Percy Montgomery
Didn't look like a rugby player ( which trait is often the case in all sports ) could turn on a sixpence and flummoxed defences with a devastating sidestep. Long and lanky a formidable player.

36Keiron Cunningham
the best player to ever walk on the turf of knowsley road. When ever anyone thinks of st helens RLFC they automaticaly think of KC. Even got a statue:) THE MIGHTY KC!

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One of the best players of the game, and not many rugby players have their own statue, he should be a lot higher and people just need to watch him play to realise.
Best hooker ever to play the game.
Would be near the top of this list if he was born down under.
In his prime was one of the best 3 players in the world

37David Peachey
I am related to David Peachey! By far the best fullback to ever play .. better then bowen and slater put together! and he played for the sharks YEWW!

38Matt Bowen
One of the best fullbacks in the game, light on his feet, great supporting player and loyal to the cowboys. Go mango!

39Kevin Sinfield
Sir Kevin.
Superb Kicker and Captain. Controls the Rhino's offense and defense.
Has Leeds going through him like Blackpool is in a, stick of rock
True legend, will be remembered for ever

40Preston Campbell
What a player just one of the smallest and quickest players int he world he is like lightning when he moves the ball towards the attacking line and shows great sportsman ship to all other player so never underestimate Mr Preston campell
Preston Campbell should be higher then 10 former penrith panther and now Gold Coast Titans he is number 2 on my list after Johnathan Thurston
it is because of him I like rugby league

41Israel Folau
Greatest athlete ever in NRL
The best of the best
You're the best ever. You are my insperation

42Steve Mortimer
People seem to forget just how good and inspirational thus guy was as a half back he had it all, heaps of speed, great passing game, great kicking game, terrific defender and an unbelievable cover defender and most of all a fantastic, inspirational and passionate leader!
a champion of the 80s 2nd best next to peter sterling

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43Stanley Gene

44Jarryd Hayne
He is one of the fastests in the league
Jaryd Shayne number 1 by far
Top NRL fullback ever in history

45Paul Gallen
This guy deserves to be a lot higher on this list

46Paul Vautin

47Danny Buderus

48Jharal Yow Yeh
Should be higher on the list, one of the best players of all time. Made Australia kangaroos, Queensland, indigenous all stars, and Broncos with in 3 years! Definitely one of the best
The defense of Paul Gallen and the raw speed of Greg Inglis morphed into a freakish Broncos winger. Proud to call him a QLDer!
Can't wait for his return.

49Paul Sculthorpe

50Martin Offiah
The best British league player bar none.
Last english back that was worth watching

51Rod Wishart

52Ken Irvine
I am 65 years old and I knew Ken, be it as it may I can only say he is the fastest winger I have seen in my time and there have been a few.
Best winger to ever step foot in rugby leage

53Ben Barba
The best player in the world at the moment and perhaps the best ever first coupke of year for any rugby player.
He is a bullet

54Adrian Morley
Everybody is scared of him

55Emile N'Tamack
Just have a look t his results on Wikipedia.
6 times France champion.
Champion in every competition he has participate.
3 times European champion
Etc etc

56Daly Cherry-Evans
He Is the best player ever hope manly win grand final this year who go manly and most of all daly
To cool I'm manly fan

57Akuila Uate
The best of the best should be first he has a wicked step on him and the best hand of ever vote Aquila uate

58Sam Tomkins

59Cooper Cronk
Revolutionized the kicking game of a number 7 and is in the top 3 greatest halfbacks I have ever seen. Controls the game with an iron fist and always makes the match winning play even while under pressure.
Best at try assist, best halfback

60Shaun Edwards
Can't believe anyone doesn't agree Shaun is the best half back to Grace this game :

61Brett Stewart
Great player excellent on his feet fit through any hole in the opposition
Great fullback can read the play like an open book

62Billy Smith
Toughest halfback of his era tackled like a forward, combined brilliantly with Langlands.
Just brilliant in the 970s.

63Sam Faust

64Jack Gibson
A great player and the best coach of all time.

65Radike Samo

66Tim Moltzen

67Jamal Idris

68Brian Bevan
Top try scorer of all time has tobe one of the best of the past
Top try scorer, played for 20 years in the Super League

69Kevin Iro

70Heath Perry
Heath is gympies best
And he is better than dougal

71Josh Hoffman

72Justin Hodges

73Kurt Gidley

74Jorge Taufua

75Mick Sullivan
All time great offia couldn't LACE his boots.he played Rugby when it was Rugby

76Bradley Clyde

77Matt James
He is queensland best hooker

78Dalton Bernard

79Marlon Cheney

80Aidan Perry
Aidan is a really great football player he deserves the medal of honour from the Queen of England
He has a great afro and is really good at smashing heath
Aidan is one of the best props of all time and is secretly a model from North Korea

81Cliff Lyons
His nickname was god cliffy. he could throw magical passes. he was just the greatest in both attack and defense

82Jason Robinson

83Max Kent
He's quite a spastic

84Nathan Merritt

85Dean Bell
Tough player with moments of brilliance
Nobody tougher than "Mean Dean"

86Paul Bowman
Has to be one of the best defensive centres ever to play the game

87Willie Mason

88Jarrod Mullen

89Joe Mason

90Ben Hunt

91Brent Tate

92Slade Griffin

93Anthony Don

94Anthony Minichiello

95Blake Ferguson

96Michael Jennings

97Lote Tuqiri

98Greg Alexander

99Adam Cuthbertson

100Harold Horder

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