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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 22 Feb 2008 18:01:00 GMT
The breathtaking suspense is over after Australia's 100 greatest rugby league players were officially announced.

The list includes only the absolute best from each of the game's eras.

It features men who revolutionised Rugby League, from the finest of the code's pioneers to Darren Lockyer, the undisputed star of the present day.

On the list are 39 Test or World Cup captains, 27 Premiership captains, 84 NSW representatives and 30 Queenslanders.

Also featured are the game's highest point scorers, champions from the city and the bush, representatives from each position on the field and men who captured the imaginations of countless fans over the first century of League in this country.

Players from the 2000’s era who made the cut were Laurie Daley, Andrew Ettingshausen, Bradley Clyde, Allan Langer, Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns, Shane Webcke and Darren Lockyer.

Eighties icons who were given their due included Ray Price, Arthur Beetson, Graham Eadie, Steve Rogers, MIchael Cronin, Steve Mortimer, Tom Raudonikis, Kerry Boustead and Eric Grothe

A total of 38 players were selected from the pre-war years and 62 players from the post-war years.

Members of the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame Voting College selected the top 100 after a detailed process that researched the careers of players throughout every era of the game.

"To narrow down all the champions of the past century to just 100 players was an enormous challenge," ARL CEO Colin Love said.

"Even a list of 200 wouldn't have satisfied the debate that will rage between the eras and that, in many ways, is the nature of sport.

"What is beyond argument is the quality of the players who are on this list."

The 100 GREATEST


1908-1945

Dally Messenger, Chris Mckivat, Pony Halloway, Albert Rosenfeld, Howard Hallett, Billy Cann, Dan Frawley, Sandy Pearce, Frank Burge, Herb Gilber, Cec Blinkhorn, Les Cubitt, Viv Farnsworth, Harold Horder, Jimmy Craig, Duncan Thompson, Ted Courtney, Chook Fraser, Tom Gorman, Herb Steinohrt, George Treweek, Eric Weissel, Benny Wearing, Vic Armbruster, Dan Dempsey, Wally Prigg, Frank McMillan, Chimpy Busch, Viv Thicknesse, Mick Madsen, Jack Beaton, Ernie Norman, Dave Brown, Andy Norval, Joe Pearce, Herb Narvo, Vic Hey, Ray Stehr.

1946-2007

Arthur Clues, Brian Bevan, Duncan Hall, Harry Bath, Clive Churchill, Brian Davies, Brian Carlson, Keith Holman, Roy Bull, Harry Wells, Ken Kearney, Norm Provan, Kel O'Shea, Keith Barne, Brian Clay, Brian Hambly, Arthur Summons, Ken Thornett, Peter Gallagher, Ian Walsh, Eddie Lumsden, Reg Gasnier, Johnny Raper, Noel Kelly, Barry Muir, Les Johns, Johnny King, Ken Irvine, John Sattler, Graeme Langlands, John O'Neill, Billy Smith, Bob McCarthy, Bob Fulton, Ron Coote, Arthur Beetson, Tom Raudonikis, Graham Eadie, Steve Rogers, Michael Cronin, Ray Price, Steve Mortimer, Kerry Boustead, Eric Grothe, Peter Sterling, Wayne Pearce, Wally Lewis, Steve Roach, Gene Miles, Mal Meninga, Brett Kenny, Terry Lamb, Steve Walters, Glenn Lazarus, Laurie Daley, Andrew Ettingshausen, Bradley Clyde, Allan Langer, Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns, Shane Webcke, Darren Lockyer.

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