Daily Telegraph's Top 50 Players of the NRL era

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    The Daily Telegraph has published their list of the top 50 players of the NRL era (1998-present)

    Not sure on who the judges were, All the article says is "15 judges from NSW and Queensland ranked their top 50 players from the modern era"

    Also the criteria to be eligible are as follows:

    A strict criteria was involved and every player included in the list had to play a minimum of 100 games in the NRL, which ruled out a number of stars who had played most of their career prior to that.

    It meant that players such as Laurie Daley, Kevin Walters and Glenn Lazarus, all out and out champions did not fall into the category with the bulk of their career played prior to 1998.

    Top 50 players of the NRL era (1998-present)

    1. Andrew Johns
    2. Cameron Smith
    3. Darren Lockyer
    4. Johnathon Thurston
    5. Brad Fittler
    6. Billy Slater
    7. Greg Inglis
    8. Sonny Bill Williams
    9. Gorden Tallis
    10. Cooper Cronk
    11. Shane Webcke
    12. Sam Burgess
    13. Petero Civoniceva
    14. Danny Buderus
    15. Steve Menzies
    16. Benji Marshall
    17. Jarryd Hayne
    18. Jason Taumololo
    19. Anthony Minichiello
    20. Paul Gallen
    21. Jamie Lyon
    22. Stacey Jones
    23. Mark Gasnier
    24. Nathan Hindmarsh
    25. Ben Kennedy
    26. Matt Bowen
    27. Ruben Wiki
    28. Justin Hodges
    29. Brett Kimmorley
    30. Preston Campbell
    31. James Maloney
    32. Matt Scott
    33. Corey Parker
    34. Luke Lewis
    35. Hazem El Masri
    36. Adrian Morley
    37. Steve Price
    38. Brett Stewart
    39. Ryan Girdler
    40. Craig Fitzgibbon
    41. Robbie Farah
    42. Darius Boyd
    43. Trent Barrett
    44. Brad Thorn
    45. Craig Gower
    46. Nathan Blacklock
    47. Tonie Carroll
    48. Ben Barba
    49. Scott Prince
    50. Brent Tate


    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...n/news-story/899bf6678f98d62bab259e1d56a80b57

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...n/news-story/1d75e07e15d72b6410b3e0bcc6595f72
     
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    Barry Crush Danny Levi

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    with what 600+ players reaching this criteria surely Ben Barba , Tonie Carroll arent top 50 but okay whatever
     
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    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Agree, Few selections I don't understand and those 2 you mentioned are among them
     
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    Ponga is already better than Barba. Should probably be in the 50 tbh.
     
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    I would have Cronk higher

    How they selected Tallis, Inglis and SBW above him is beyond me

    Inglis too inconsistent, Tallis was good but not top 10 and SBW has only played 2 seasons of NRL since 2005
     
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    danknights Mark Hughes

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    #1!!!!! Those can't be in order surely.
     
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    They’ve done a decent job but there are a few that I disagree with. I’d have Scott and Lewis a fair bit higher definitely.
     
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    This is not a fantastic list...Not even a great one, not even a good one

    I thought Fairfax were the only ones biased towards SBW, a player with a six year resume and quit when the going got tough is NOT a top 10 player in anyones eyes, I dont care how physically gifted they are.

    Darren Lockyer at 3 is a tad high, him playing 2 positions is one of the most overrated aspects that cloud his standings as a player as he is like most of the 2nd 5/8 fullbacks running around these days. As an individual player blokes Thurston and Slater were far more brilliant then Lockyer.

    Paul Gallen at #20 after it was common knowledge that he was a peptide user is laughable. Let me guess that was one of the token Sharks players that Buzz insisted had to be there?

    There are so many average players in this list it's not funny. It's like they ran out of ideas so they went and put a whole bunch of Broncos players in because they won premiereships. Thorn, Boyd? LOL

    Jamie Lyon was pretty much the best centre in the world in the early 2000s and Hayne plays in one good Eels team that gets to a GF and is better then him? Hahaha

    Just not a very well thought out list at all.
     
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    Bradley Clyde anyone?
     
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    listo Mick Jenkins

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    I’d also take Steve Simpson over a handful of those players too
     
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    Brad Clyde was well and truely past his best by 1998.
     
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    Plus Brad Clyde played less than 100 games from 1998 onwards therefore he was ineligible
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Are you serious mate? Barba despite being a flea is easily in the top handful of gifted individuals and carried the dogs to a GF and along with Fifita one sharks their maiden premiership.

    Carrol was a beast in defence for an age for the Bronco's and QLD, well deserved IMO.
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Yeah don't hate the list, how did poor ole Peachey miss out or was he too early? Everyones gonna have their oppinions and never agree.
     
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    Not saying they aren't good players I was just shocked that of all the players that have played since '98 that there isn't more players ahead of them. There have been a few suggestions better than some of those in the top 50 I'm actually surprised their haven't been more.
     

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