Top 10 Rugby League Players of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Andrew Johns 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.

Andrew Johns is the best player and always will be

No one will be better then Andrew Johns

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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 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

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

Better than Andrew johns

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3 Wally Lewis Wally 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!

#The King

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4 Jonathan 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

Jonathan Thurston is without a doubt the best footballer in the world in today's game. Although he plays a different game than the King Wally Lewis, Thurston thinks very similar to the way Lewis did when he played the great game. If Wally Lewis is the King and Darren Lockyer is the Prince then Thurston is sure to be the Duke or Emperor. Although Wally was known as the emperor as well.

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

The most individually accomplished player of all time (Most Dally M Medals and Golden Boot awards). He is undoubtedly the clutchest player of this generation. The amount of times JT has come up with a play in the biggest moment, even if he is not playing well (example of this is the 2015 girlfriend, possibly one of his worst games) should place him as the GOAT.

If you don't think he is the greatest match-winner ever look at all of these games when he either makes a play to win the game or change the momentum of a match in favour of his team.

INTERNATIONAL - 2006 Tri-Nations Final, 2013 World Cup (4 out of 5 games he played he received the man of the match)

Origin - 2005 Game 1 (Debut), 2006 Game 1, Game 3 (Decider), 2007 Game 2, 2008 Game 3 (Decider), 2012 Game 3 (Decider), 2017 Game 2 (Last Game)

NRL - Way too many but off the top of my head but 2015 - girlfriend, PF and SF, regular season vs Raiders, vs Storm

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5 Clive 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

Greatest player I have ever seen

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

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6 Brad Fittler Brad 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

Great player, you just knew something was gonna happen when he got the ball. Still a great personality today, and still very involved with the game.

the best

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7 Billy Slater Billy Slater

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.

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

He's a fatty bom sticks

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8 Ellery Hanley

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

The greatest player I have ever seen with all the power poise and skill you could wish for

The black pearl! By far the most balanced player to play the game... the pele of rugby league better than johns

The greatest athlete and competitor of all time.

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9 Steve 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

He's played in almost every position and has scored the most tries for a forward (for which he played the majority of his career).

Second to nobody

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10 Greg 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.

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!

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 isn't a good full back he's just full black

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The Contenders

11 Reg Gasnier

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.

He should be #1

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12 Cameron 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.

I like him a lot and he plays for the Queensland team and his captain he plays for the Storm and his Captain and he plays for Australia and his captain. Cameron Smith is the top player that has become the captain. He has been captain since like about 9 to 10 years or so. Cameron Smith is such a good player

Cameron Smith the greatest number 9 ever he has played for Melbourne Storm the greatest The maroons also the greatest the Kangaroos and plus he has captained all of them he is also a one team man


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13 Mal 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

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.

Best I ever seen won the games on his own

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14 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

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

He's bald

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15 Arthur Beetson

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.

Known as the greatest Australian forward ever.

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!

go jonsey - bulldogbeast

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17 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

18 Allan 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

He's was the greatest halfback ever and the greatest player ever and ever doesn't like him because of him going to the super league

The king of the grubber, changed the game. plus made a come back and scored a try. He should be top five at least

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20 John 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.

The greatest ever. Simple and as basic as that.

A great lock and Australian captain.

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