Top 10 Rugby League Players of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Andrew Johns Andrew Johns Andrew Gary "Joey" Johns is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all time.

Legend in every category. His passing game was sublime, his kicking game was to inch perfection and his overall toughness was impeccable. Andrew Johns is no doubt the greatest rugby league player of all time. His offield dramas were a bit of a problem but when he stood foot on the field he would just continue to play to his best ability. Joey Johns worked tirelessly on his kicking, passing and goal kicking game which payed off as he the most influential player to ever put a boot on.

Knowledge, courage & ability saw Johns excel at the highest level, in numerous positions. Redefined tactical kicking & could mix it in the front line of defense which ultimately brought his career to a premature finish. A genius with ball in hand, either as an attacking weapon or as a promoter/director of talent around him.

No, he isn't. There are plenty of players better than him since he last played.

Arguably the best halfback ever both in defense and attack. Had it not been for the seriousness of that injury, he would have set records that will have outlived our lifetime.

2 Darren Lockyer Darren Lockyer

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

Number one

Top player

Hands down the best. He could turn a dull, slow moment of the game to something wow. If you disagree, go watch some footage of him.

3 Wally Lewis Wally Lewis


The emperor of lang park. The best of all time.

I watch Wally as Footballer myself in the Penrith and Sydney THEN Comp and he is definitely 1 amazing Rugby league player, Allways stepping up at the down time and showing the way truly the king and the best

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

4 Jonathan Thurston

He should be the first

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

He reads the game on field, plans the best possible outcome, executes a task to perfection, he's a demigod of rugby!

Johnathan Thurston is easily the greatest player of all time. Every game he is absolutely smashed, but still managers to play consistently incredible throughout each and every game.

5 Clive Churchill

Go the bunny’s

Good bloke


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

6 Brad Fittler Brad Fittler

Bard fittler is best in world at nrl


Fitter should be a immortal - Thomo

the best

7 Ellery Hanley

Just the best

The best of the best

The Goat

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

8 Greg Inglis

Due to injury this phenomenal athlete couldn't peform to the best of his abilities fortunately for everyone he would verse but this mountain of a man stands proud and tall at the front of the line as arguably the greatest player ever. Best runner of the ball without a doubt, most tries scored in State of Origin, is there anything is man can't do? In his peak he was unstoppable, no one can oppose this talented superstar of an athlete.

The Goat the Beast and the Mighty

Greg Inglis is definitely an immortal in waiting. He is the best ever. The GOAT - darcymoffet

The beast

9 Billy Slater Billy Slater

Billy is the best player to ever live because he has got many try's has saved a lot of try's and he is always getting in plays. Finally he is the best fullback of all time don't you agree.

Billy slater is the best player ever...

I think Billy Slater should be the next immortal & I am even from Sydney & back the Roosters.

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!

10 Mal Meninga

Incredible machine with such amazing strength and speed.

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

Great size with speed and balance made him destructible but vision made him the best. Add in the ability to kick goals as good as any he was worth more points than any man

Skill, power and speed and great charisma. He is the best Rugby League player ever.


The Contenders

11 Steve Menzies

Go Manly


Lions to Menzies try

Great player he’s just a god

12 Peter Sterling Peter 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

He's bald

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

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13 Arthur Beetson

Every great sides need great forwards and Artie was the greatest. Very tough,could throw a few which you had to in that era. And unbelievable balls skills. Just an absolute all time legend.

No one could smash like Beetson. No one could feign then attack like Beetson. God help the guy who had to tackle him. Even Terry Randle would have has second thoughts. 3 Generations packed into one!

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

Come on people...Artie could set up tries and get the ball away better than anyone.

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14 Reg Gasnier

A sheer genius and I’m privileged to have seen him play during the 1959 Test series. As a kid at the time he was my idol.

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

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

The greatest centre I have ever seen.

15 Dally 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

16 Stacey 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

17 Allan Langer

Should be top 10

Should be in the top 10! When I was a teenager I watched Alfie lead the Broncos into 5 or 6 Championship wins. Legend

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

18 Garry Schofield

He played for leeds Rhinos and hull fc great Britain and I think he played in Australia for a season. One of England's best ever players

Awesome Garry...who'd he play for again? What era? Love Garry

19 Cameron Smith

They are all great players and swift, but at the top should be Cameron Smith

He is the best Cameron swish

He is the best

The best rugby league player Australia has ever had. GO CAMERON!

20 John Raper

With langlands and gasnier the best footballers ever to play the game. By a long way. The players today don't come close

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.

Never had a off day

The greatest ever. Simple and as basic as that.

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21 Brett Kenny

He is by far the greatest player I've ever seen. Naturally gifted, very instinctive and could do anything on the field. Played 5 grand finals in 6 years and won 4, won the Challenge Cup with Wigan in 1985 and was head and shoulders the best player on the park. Was a huge part of the 1985 and 1986 Origin teams that beat QLD and was a standout player for Australia from the time he made his debut. Won the Golden Boot in 1986 but in all fairness he was the best player in the world in the world from 1982 to 1986. He always delivered in the big matches. The players that played with him and against him have acknowledged his brilliance.

The most naturally gifted player I've ever seen. Dazzling speed and acceleration, magnificent step and great hands. If you blink he has gone past you. He was so good at making breaks or putting players through gaps with 2 and 3 defenders converging on him and he did it in an era of Wally Lewis, Gene Miles and Mal Meninga. Definite candidate for Immortal status.

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.

22 Shane Webcke

Have met him in the flesh is one big bloke

I've never met this man in my life

Who the hell is this guy

23 Graeme Langlands

Greame Langlands is the greatest player to pull on a boot. Todays players don't rate with him.

Greatest fullback ever, great footwork, read the game brilliantly.

A radiation of spectacular proportion

27 for changa is ridiculous he's in the top 2 easy

24 Bradley Clyde

He is definitely the best player ever

He has won Clive Churchill medal twice
And played state of Origen

25 Martin Offiah

First time I saw Martin was when he ran the length of the pitch in the third test at Sydney over 30 years ago. He was one of the greats.

Speed, speed, speed. No doubt that Offiah was lightening fast, but that was all there ever was to his game. Greatest British player? Not even close to Ellery Hanley.

The best British league player bar none.

Last english back that was worth watching

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26 Hazem El Masri

Hands down, one of the greatest players and the leader of points in the game. His made history in Nrl and it will be a long time before anyone can top his points and other achievements. Apart from being the best player, he was also a leader, role model, ambassador for the community and organisations. He always excersiced sportsmanship and was a well balanced player, unlike other show ponies and troublemakers in the game. El Magic would make miracles on the field and was a loyal Bulldogs player.

Best player ever

Awesome player - legendary story - great rolemodel for human beings!
Hazem is somebody those outside of Australia need to hear more of.

He's unbelivable grate kicking

27 Brett Kimmorley

You go you good thing!

28 Brian Bevan

If wingers are to be judged on tries scored then its no contest. Brian is the best.

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

A try record that will never ever be beaten

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29 Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll played rugby union not rugby league, he shouldn't be on this list. Stupid Irish who don't know the difference.

The most intelligent player in the world... What a player... Thanks for the memories Brian

Best rugby player of all time, hope gets only medal left to win in rugby to finish his career on high.

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

30 Sonny Bill Williams

Great player

One of the best. Can play any position and still be as good as he already is

Just a beast of a man

A good try scorer

31 Bob Fulton

Poop their it is

Simply the best ever at 5/8 or centre. Those who don't rate him never saw him.

Only played a handful of games for Warrington, his home town, but he was simply outstanding. A player ahead of his time.

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

32 Jamie Soward

A bomb a legend the best a beast

Best player in history defiantly should be in top 5

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

Jamie Soward who's th worst player for the dragons and still is for the panthers

33 Andrew Ettingshausen

One of the greatest

He was definitely a good player to watch back in the day.

He's got problems because he plays for the Sharks

Love this guy he was the fastest man I ever seen

34 John 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.

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.

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

35 Mark Gasnier

Gaz was rated the Best attacking centre in the world during his time in the game. His try scoring abilities, try assists, freakish foot work, speed and strength all combined I'd say are second to none. The best centre of all time if you ask me!

Can't go past the dragons ledgend

36 Benji Marshall

Benji is a god

Benji is the best player ever and he has played 300 games and he is still going

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.

37 Alex 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. - markhampson123

Amazing speed off the mark, first class kicking game and hard as nails.

One of the most fantastic players of his generation

38 Cooper Cronk

Cronk should be higher than billy slater

Should be in top 15

Great storm player

He is a legend

39 Joe 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.

40 Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne could beat anyone in the game 1 on 1 and made something out of nothing. Nearly every single team he played in was a losing team yet he always excelled. The best to have ever played the game.

Jarryd Hayne should be in the top 20 he's the first ever player to cross codes to the nfl he's the best

Best player that ever lived

Jarryd hayne is a natural athlete and should be in the top 10 at least

41 Keiron Cunningham

Fantastic player

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! - sophielittler

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.

In his prime, one of the best players in the world. Should be a lot higher on the rankings in my opinion

42 Israel Folau

Most talented

Worst ever

The best of the best

Greatest athlete ever in NRL

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43 Shaun Johnson

Just magic this kid the best in the world

Shaun Johnson should be in the top 5 or even number 1 he has a solid step a mean dummy and is so so so fast he is an inspiration to me and more.

He is a legend with wicked skills and a great step and dummy I agree that he should be in the top 10 if you don't agree I don't know who you are

Most agile and one of the fastest halfbacks to ever play the game he's like benji Marshall times 45000000

44 Sam Burgess

Sam best

Go sam

the best

45 Kevin Sinfield

Because he's not played in the NRL, means the southern hemisphere won't class him as one of the best players ever. It's southern hemisphere arrogance. Go Sir Kev!

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

46 Matt Bowen

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

Go Matt Bowen you are the best - BigBrotherSucks

Matt Bowen is a great player

Matt bowen is the best player
Remember when he chased and caught kevin locke and shaun johnson at the same game
That was awesome!
Vote for Matt Bowen

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47 Preston Campbell

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

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

Bloody good player

it is because of him I like rugby league

48 Percy 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.

He hardly ever mist a kick he should be number 10 he is a better kicker than dan carter he's got than hel ever have

49 David 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!

You suck


50 Paul Gallen

Broken forward records, must place higher

One of the greatest toughest forwards ever

This guy deserves to be a lot higher on this list

This guy should be last because he suck even though he is captain for NSW because he sucks

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