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    RLW 30 greatest players of the past 30 years

    Rugby League Week has taken a poll and produced a list of the 30 best players of the past 30 years Australian only).

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    1. Andrew Johns 2. Wally Lewis 3. Brad Fittler 4. Darren Lockyer 5. Allan Langer 6. Mal Meninga 7. Peter Sterling 8. Laurie Daley 9. Brett Kenny 10. Brad Clyde 11. Mick Cronin 12. Steve Walters 13. Glenn Lazarus 14. Steve Rogers 15. Gorden Tallis 16. Shane Webcke 17. Steve Roach 18. Terry Lamb 19. Ricky Stuart 20. Ray Price 21. Andrew Ettingshausen 22. Danny Buderus 23. Johnathan Thurston 24. Cameron Smith 25. Graham Eadie 26. Steve Mortimer 27. Benny Elias 28. Wayne Pearce 29. Nathan Hindmarsh 30. Cliff Lyons.

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    Hindmarsh is an interesting selection.
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    Happy that Fittler is above Lockyer.
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    Had Ray Warren running through my head as I read this.

    Where's Renouf?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    Happy that Fittler is above Lockyer.
    God, I'm not. It's all opinion of course, but I really think he was an over-rated footballer - a very fine player yes, but better than Sterling, Daley, Kenny, Langer, Clyde to name a few? I just think he's been the RL establishment's love child for so long it isn'y funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohtani's jacket View Post
    Had Ray Warren running through my head as I read this.

    Where's Renouf?
    Interesting - would have him at least on par with ET, though wouldn't list either in the top 30 player of the past 30 years - both quick and great gap runners, but really both wingers wearing centre's jerseys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clapo View Post
    Hindmarsh is an interesting selection.
    Yeah, probably there as encapsulating the modern work-a-holic forward, and one who would certainly cope with fewer interchanges for teh past, but questionable as well - I suppose it depends what you're after - if you're looking for a creative player, there are heaps ahead of him, but few better or harder workers.

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    Thought Ricky Stuart would have been higher, and I'm surprised Thurston is as high as he is.
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    Langer should be third.

    IMO this is too heavily weighted towards recent and current players. No way have Thurston and Smith proven themselves in the top 30 players since 1978...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Langer should be third.

    IMO this is too heavily weighted towards recent and current players. No way have Thurston and Smith proven themselves in the top 30 players since 1978...
    Yeah when I looked at the list first thing I thought are where are the players of 80s.
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    e.g Mike Eden, won two Rothmans medals in the early 80's but not to be seen on this list...

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    I don't think Cam Smith deserves his place yet.

    I think Langer should be ahead of Lockyer and Fittler.

    Steve Renouf and Paul Sironen are both unlucky to have missed out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I don't think Cam Smith deserves his place yet.

    I think Langer should be ahead of Lockyer and Fittler.

    Steve Renouf and Paul Sironen are both unlucky to have missed out.
    agree with all that...

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    yer sirro was a gun back in the days, even steve walters was quality and maybe higher. agree with thurston and smith not proven themselves yet. still plenty of footy left for them to get onto it later.
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    Of those who missed out, the media has said Gene Miles, Eric Grothe and Greg Alexander are probably the unluckiest.

    All great players, but I still reckon wingers are just blokes who hang around with footy players, which would rule Grothe out.

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