Canberra Raiders Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

The Canberra Raiders are one of the most successful and respected rugby league teams in Australia. Founded in 1982, they have competed in over 30 seasons of the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and achieved three premierships from six Grand Finals appearances. While consistently performing at a high level, the Raiders also hold an iconic place within Australian culture for their passionate fan base and contribution to local community initiatives.

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1. Ricky Stuart

Scrum half

Ricky Stuart

Ricky Stuart is a halfback from the Canberra Raiders and Canterbury Bulldogs. He spent most of his career with the Bulldogs before moving to Sydney in 1999 where he played for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

His greatest achievement as a player was leading the Bulldogs to their first premiership victory in 25 years, during the 1998 season. A hard running and accurate ball carrier, Stuart also has an ability to make all sorts of breaks on attack which makes him very dangerous both offensively and defensively.

Having made over 200 appearances for both clubs throughout his career, it's safe to say that Ricky Stuart is definitely one of Australia's most consistent footballers ever. 

In 2009, he switched codes and signed with English side Salford Red Devils but lasted just two seasons before retiring at the end of 2011 due to injury problems.

2. Mal Meninga


Mal Meninga

Mal Meninga is a professional rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos, St. Helens and Souths clubs in Australia. He started his career with the Brisbane Broncos in 1979 before moving to St.

Helens in 1984 where he won a championship title that year. He then signed for South Sydney Rabbitohs club in 1985 and helped them win another premiership that season before retiring from football at the end of the 1985 season.

Mal has since served as head coach of both Queensland State of Origin teams (2006-2008) and Australian national team (2009-2014). In 2006, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and also received an honorary doctorate from The University of Queensland in 2009.

His contributions to sport over many years, including coaching Queensland's state side to victory at consecutive Origins series tournaments between 2005-2007 which set new record winning margins against New South Wales; this feat was subsequently repeated by Maroons under Meninga 2011 & 2013).

His son Ryan plays alongside him currently with Melbourne Storm having been drafted by Storm along with brother Luke when they were originally part of Canberra Raiders system back home; their father had coached Ryan while still playing NRL himself early on during his own career.

 Outside rugby league, Mal is also well known as one third member –alongside Tim Blanks and Andrew Johns–of pop group 3 Doors Down who achieved massive success worldwide throughout most if not all their albums spawning hits such as "Kryptonite" or "Here Without You".

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3. Gary Belcher


Gary Belcher

Gary Belcher is a retired Australian full-back who played for Queensland and the Wallabies. His career in rugby was marked by consistency, durability and excellent goal kicking.

A hard running fullback, Gary Belcher represented his country at both Test (seven) and World Cup (three) level. He was particularly effective as a goal kicker on the wing or in the corner of the field - he kicked over 100 points in international rugby matches.

After retirement from playing, Gary Belcher became an assistant coach with Queensland Reds before moving to Japan where he currently coaches at Suntory Sungoliath RFC in Tokyo. He has also worked as an analyst for Super Rugby broadcasters Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sport NZ .

In 2007, GaryBelcher was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for distinguished service to rugby union as a player, coach and administrator.

4. Laurie Daley


Laurie Daley

Laurie Daley is one of the most successful rugby league players in Australian history. He played for the Canberra Raiders from 1987 to 2000 and was a five-eighth, centre and lock.

Daley won four premierships with the Raiders – in 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1997 – as well as two World Club Championships (1991 and 1995). 

He also represented Australia at international level on 44 occasions between 1987 and 1999, scoring 69 tries along the way. After retiring from playing he became head coach of Sydney Roosters in 2013 but was sacked after just three months in charge due to poor results.

In 2017 he joined Channel 9's NRL commentary team alongside Steve Price and Andrew Johns Laurie Daley coached New South Wales Country to back-to-back titles in 1988 and 1989.

He then took the reins of Australia's national side, leading them to victory at the 1990 World Cup. 

Daley remained in charge of NSW for three years before joining Prime Minister's XIII as head coach for two seasons in 2013/14 and 2014/15. In 2017 he was appointed head coach of new Australian Super Rugby franchise Western Sydney Wanderers.

5. David Furner

David Furner is a professional rugby league footballer who has played for the Canberra Raiders and Wigan Warriors in the National Rugby League. David Furner was born on 6 February 1971 in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia.

David Furner first played football for the Queanbeyan Tigers before joining the Canberra Raiders as a teenager in 1992. A regular starter at prop forward for Canberra during his time with them, Furner moved to England to play for Wigan Warriors in 2001 where he started playing at second row.

After two seasons with Wigan, including captaining their side to victory in the 2003 Super League Grand Final, David returned home to play for Leeds Rhinos from 2004 until 2007 when he retired due to injury aged 33 years old.

In total, David Furner made 300 appearances over 10 seasons in both Australian and English rugby league competitions and represented Australia 11 times (including four tests).

Since retiring from playing professionally, David has launched his own sports clothing range which includes products such as polo shirts and tracksuits aimed at young athletes across various sporting codes.

6. Ruben Wiki

Ruben Wiki

Ruben Wiki was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 21 January 1973. He is a prop and centre for the All Blacks and has represented his country at international level since 1993.

Ruben Wiki made his test debut against France in 1993 and went on to play 79 tests, scoring 16 tries. 

In 2004 he became the first player ever to score 50 points in an international match when he helped New Zealand defeat Canada 42-14 at Eden Park.

On 10 July 2009, Ruben Wiki announced that he would retire from rugby after the 2009 World Cup tournament in South Africa, having played 236 games representing his country over 14 years (including 12 as captain). 

Ruben Wiki is married with two children and currently resides in Auckland where he runs a property business with his brother-in-law.

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7. Bradley Clyde

Second row

Bradley Clyde

Bradley Clyde is a lock, second row who played for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. He has represented Australia at international level and was part of their World Cup winning squad in 1998.

In 2002 he won the Dally M Award as Australias best player in the NRL. On 27 January 1970, Bradley Clyde was born in Culcairn, N.S.W., Australia Bradley Clyde was born on October 12, 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales.

He started playing rugby league at the age of five and played for the Sutherland Sharks junior club before being signed by Canberra Raiders in 1998. In 2002 he transferred to Leeds Rhinos where he remained until 2006 when he joined Canterbury Bulldogs.

At Canterbury he won a premiership (2005) and two Dally M awards (2006, 2007). He returned to Australia with Melbourne Storm in 2008 but after just one season left them again to join Brisbane Broncos where he remained until 2012 when he moved back home to play for the Sydney Roosters.

Bradley Clyde retired from professional rugby league following the conclusion of the 2013 NRL season having played 205 games and scored 204 points for 11 different clubs over 13 years.

8. Brett Mullins


Mullins started his career at the Sydney Roosters and played over 200 games for them before moving to Melbourne in 2001. He had a successful stint with the Storm, playing 55 games and helping them make it to the 2006 NRL Grand Final where they were narrowly defeated by the Parramatta Eels.

Mullins joined Newcastle Knights in 2007 and spent four seasons there before retiring from rugby league at age 34 due to injury. 

Brett Mullins is now an Australian Football League commentator for Fox Sports coverage of matches across Australia as well as New Zealand's National Rugby League competition on TVNZ 2 In 2010.

He was announced as one of ten inaugural inductees into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame He has also written several books about his life including "Fire On The Run" (2013), "Stories From My Life" (2015) and most recently, "The Journey: My Story" (2018).

9. Noa Nadruku


Noa Nadruku

Nadruku was born in Fiji in 1967 and started playing rugby union at an early age. He represented his country at both junior and senior level, before retiring from international play in 2001.

Nadruku has since gone on to coach the national team, as well as several provincial sides. In 2014, he was named the head Coach of the Fijian national side for their 2015 Pacific Nations Cup campaign.

Nadruku is a respected figure within rugby union circles and is widely regarded as one of the game's most talented three-quarter backs ever Noa Nadruku was a professional rugby league footballer who played for the Canberra Raiders and North Queensland Cowboys in the Australian National Rugby League.

He represented Fiji at international level, playing four times between 1994 and 1997. After retiring from football, Nadruku ran a property business in his home country of Fiji before moving to Australia permanently in 2014.

In 2018 he was awarded an Order of Lovo by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for services to sport and community development.

Noa Nadruku is currently married with three children and lives in Sydney, Australia.

10. Jason Croker

Second row

Jason Croker

Jason Croker is a professional rugby league footballer who has played for the Sydney Roosters, St. George Illawarra Dragons and Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League (NRL).

He was born on 10 March 1973 in Crookwell, New South Wales and began playing football at a young age with his local club The Kurri Kurri Bulldogs. 

Jason made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters during the 1994 season and went on to play 279 games over 12 seasons at the Club before moving to St George Illawarra Dragons in 2006 where he played 79 matches before retiring due to injury in 2009.

In 2007, Jason also won back-to-back State of Origin series titles with NSW as well as being named Australian Player of The Year. 

He then joined Brisbane Broncos prior to their inaugural season in 2008 but only managed six appearances before returning home to NSW once again where he signed with new Club,the Newcastle Knights. 

After two seasons with Newcastle Knight'sJason returned home again signing a 2 year deal with newly formed NRL side Canberra Raiders.

Jason retired from regular first grade football after winning his third State of Origin Series title for NSW in 2015.

11. Steve Walters


Steve Walters is a former Australian professional rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League.

Steve Walters made his NRL debut with the Brisbane Broncos in 1988 and played 113 matches for them before joining the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 1992. He later captained the Gold Coast Titans from their inception until he retired at the end of 2006.

Walters represented Australia on 27 occasions, scoring 2 tries during that time. In 2000, he was named captain of Queensland (the state team) and led them to victory over New South Wales in that year's State of Origin series - an event which remains one of sport's biggest annual fixtures Down Under today.

Following his retirement from playing, Walters has remained active as a commentator and coach with both club and international level teams including stints coaching Australia U20s side between 2011-2013 & 2017 season, assisting.

Tim Sheens as caretaker Head Coach for 3 games after Wayne Bennett’s sacking late 2016 & finally being appointed head coach full time early 2018 where they finished 4th place out of 8 teams.

12. Terry Campese


Terry Campese

Terry Campese is an Australian rugby union player who played at the international level for Australia. He was a member of the Wallabies squad that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and has also represented his country in many other tournaments, including the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups.

Campese is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest ever players and is often cited as an influence on current stars like Israel Folau and Quade Cooper. 

In 2012, he announced his retirement from professional rugby after 14 seasons with Melbourne Rebels in which he amassed over 1,500 points in club competition alone - making him one of only five players to achieve this feat (the others being Andrew Johns, John Eales, George Gregan and Jarrad Butler).

Since retiring from playing professionally Campese has become a commentator for Fox Sports News Channel covering various sports events around the world including cricket matches and golf tournaments both domestically and internationally.

13. John Lomax

John Lomax is a professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Wellington Warriors in the National Rugby League. 

He has also played for numerous other clubs around Australasia, including the Canberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights in Australia, and the Gold Coast Titans and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in New Zealand.

Lomax is renowned as one of the best prop forwards in Australian rugby league history, and he was named Man of Steel at the 2000 NRL Grand Final after playing a starring role in their victory over Sydney Roosters. 

After retiring from playing football professionally at age 34 due to injury, Lomax took up coaching duties with his former club Newtown Jets before joining first grade side Wellington Warriors midway through 2016 season as an assistant coach under head coach Wayne Bennett.

John Junior was born on 2 February 1966, making him 56 years old as of early 2017.

14. Alan Tongue


Alan Tongue

Alan Tongue is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who primarily plays for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. Alan Tongue originally played for the Newcastle Knights from 1998 to 2002, before moving to play for the Sydney Roosters between 2003 and 2006.

In 2007, he signed with British side Hull Fc on a two-year contract, but left after one season due to injury sustained during pre-season training camp prior to his first season with Hull Fc. 

Alan Tongue made his international debut in 2000 against New Zealand and has since represented Australia at World Cups (2002), The Four Nations (2005) and The International Rules Series (2007).

He retired from playing rugby league in 2009 following stints with Salford City Reds and Widnes Vikings in England's Super League, as well as French side Catalans Dragons where he won a Challenge Cup title in 2013/14. 

On 15 October 2014 it was announced that Tongue had been appointed head coach of Toronto Wolfpack FC pursuant to their entry into the English fourth-tier competition - Championship One - for 2015.

However this appointment only lasted until December when he resigned after just four games without winning any of them which led him being sacked by club owner Shaun McManus on Boxing Day night2015 citing poor results both on field & offfield despite putting £1 million pounds into new signings.

15. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs


Tom Learoyd-Lahrs

Tom Learoyd-Lahrs is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who played for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays as a prop but can also fill in at second row.

Tom Learoyd-Lahrs was born on September 13, 1985 in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia. Tom started playing rugby league when he was just five years old and quickly became one of the best young players around.

He attended Trinity College where he starred for both their football and rugby union teams before making his NRL debut with the Sydney Roosters in 2006 aged 22 years old. 

In 2009, Tom helped guide Sydney to their first ever Premiership title after being named Player of The Year and winning NSW’s prestigious Dally M Medal award (the state’s equivalent of the Australian Football League MVP).

After two more successful seasons with Sydney (including another premiership victory), Tom moved to England to join Super League side Wigan Warriors ahead of the 2013 season where he stayed until returning to Australia again ahead of the 2016 season with Cronulla Sharks. 

In total,Tom has made over 350 appearances throughout his career including 30 Tests for Australia between 2008-2013 while also representing. 

New South Wales 25 times between 2007-2016 and Queensland 8 times between 2010-2015 including 2 State Of Origin matches during Queensland’s historic 3 consecutive series wins from 2014 -2016.

Despite now hanging up his boots professionally at age 37 following Cronulla's elimination from this year's NRL playoffs – Tom remains active off field as a ambassador for various charities such as Rotary International, Play For Change and Headspace. 

And most recently he served as team captain during Wigan Warriors' 2017 Challenge Cup campaign which saw them reach Finals Day.

16. Todd Carney

Todd Carney

Todd Carney is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Sydney Roosters. Todd Carney was born in 1986 in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia.

Todd Carney has played representative football for New South Wales and Australia at international level, including playing on the 2005 World Cup winning Australian side.

In 2006, he signed with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs where he spent six seasons before joining the Sydney Roosters in 2012. 

Todd Carney's explosive running game and goal kicking ability have seen him become one of the most successful players in NRL history, scoring over 1000 points during his career to date as well as winning two premierships with both clubs - Sydney Roosters (2011) and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (2006).

Todd Carney retired from playing after suffering a serious neck injury against Melbourne Storm on 21 May 2016.

17. Josh Dugan


Josh Dugan

Josh Dugan is a talented Australian centre who has played for the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm in the NRL. Dugan was born in Garran, ACT, Australia on May 11th 1990.

He made his first-grade debut with the Sydney Roosters in 2009 and quickly established himself as one of their stars, playing 182 games for them over four seasons before moving to Melbourne Storm at the end of 2012.

In 2014 he won his first premiership with Melbourne and followed that up by winning another title in 2016. Josh Dugan represented Australia at international level from 2010 until 2015, including appearances at both World Cups (2010 & 2013).

He retired from representative football after captaining Australia to a victory over New Zealand in the Four Nations tournament final earlier this year – his fourth such triumphs as captain.

18. Mark McLinden

Scrum half

Mark McLinden

Mark McLinden is a professional rugby league footballer who has played for Harlequins RL since 2007. He was born in Canberra, Australia and attended Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club before switching to play for the Harlequins side.

His playing position is fullback or five-eighth and he usually plays as a halfback but can also fill in at fullback if needed. 

McLinden has represented Australian national team on several occasions, including being part of the 2008 World Cup squad that reached the semi finals where they were narrowly defeated by New Zealand.

He retired from international duty after the 2014 Four Nations tournament due to injury, however he made a come back for the 2017 International Rules Series which Australia won convincingly against Ireland. 

Mark McLinden is a rugby union player who has represented Queensland Reds on three occasions. He first played for the team in 2009 and has since helped them to win two National Championships as well as two Super Rugby titles.

He was also part of the Australian side that competed at the 2011 World Cup, where they reached the semi-finals. In 2013, he announced his retirement from professional rugby to focus on other areas of his life such as education and coaching young players. 

Mark McLinden is now a coach with Brisbane Premier club Sunnybank and helps mentor their junior teams alongside former Australia Wallabies captain Ben McCalman.

19. Josh Papali'i


Josh Papali

Papali'i was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1992. He played prop for the Hurricanes during their time in Super Rugby and also made three appearances for the All Blacks.

In 2017 he moved to England and signed with Saracens rugby club where he plays as a Second-row lock. 

Papali'i is an excellent scrummager who can be very destructive at set pieces due to his strong physicality and great tackling ability.

He has been called up by both the All Blacks (twice) and New Zealand Maori (once) to play test matches but has yet to make his debut for either side despite being highly rated within the sport's hierarchy. 

Papali'i is married with one child and lives in London, England Josh Papali'i started his rugby career with the Canberra Raiders in 2011.

He represented Queensland at U20 level and Australia at U21 level before making his senior international debut for Samoa in 2017. Josh is a strong forward who can score points either through power or accuracy from the back of the scrum. 

His Samoan heritage has played a big role in his development as a player, helping him to connect with fans on an emotional level both in Australia and Samoa.

Josh looks set to continue playing internationally for years to come and could even represent Fiji one day if he continues developing at the same rate.

20. Jarrod Croker


Jarrod Croker

Jarrod Croker is a talented centre who has represented Australia at international level. He began his career with the Sydney Roosters in 2010 and went on to play for the Gold Coast Titans, Cronulla Sharks, Canberra Raiders and St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL.

In 2015, he moved to Europe to join French side Toulouse FC where he played until 2018. Croker returned to rugby league in 2019 when he signed with Australian Super League club Melbourne Storm ahead of their 2020 season campaign. 

He is also an accomplished cricketer who has played first-class cricket for New South Wales and Victoria as well as representing Australia A at various times over the past few years.

Jarrod Croker is currently captain of Melbourne Storm Jarrod Croker is a professional rugby league footballer who played for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League. 

He has also represented New South Wales Country and the Prime Minister's XIII, playing at the international level in both Australia and Papua New Guinea. In 2015, he was selected to play for the NRL All Stars team; however, he did not feature in any of their matches that year due to injury.

After making a full recovery from his previous injury, Croker again featured for NSW Country during 2016 before being called up by world champions England later that year. 

He made his debut against Fiji on 13 February 2017 and went on to play in five more games as part of England's World Cup campaign.

Which ended with a loss to France in Paris on 31 October 2017 Croker re-signed with Canberra after completing his contract with English side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats until 2019 earlier this month.

21. Jack Wighton


Jack Wighton

Jack Wighton was born on 4 February 1993 in Orange, New South Wales. Jack is a five-eighth, fullback and centre who currently plays for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.

In 2015 he played for Australia against New Zealand at Eden Park and scored a try which helped his team to victory. He has also represented NSW at under 18s level as well as Queensland at under 20s level.

Jack has been described by many experts as one of the best up and coming players in rugby league today. 

Jack Wighton is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League.

Jack was born on 25 July 1992 in Sydney, New South Wales and grew up playing football with his brothers at local parks. He started playing rugby union as a youngster but switched to rugby league when he saw players like Johnathan Thurston play in NRL matches.

After being signed by the Canberra Raiders, Jack made his debut for them during the 2012 season and has since played over 220 games for them, scoring 68 tries along the way. 

In 2017, Jack won a premiership medal with Canberra after they defeated Melbourne Storm 22-6 in the Grand Final.

Outside of sport, Jack is also involved with charities such as Save The Children - where he helps raise money to help children living in poverty overseas - and Red Cross Australia which supports people affected by natural disasters worldwide.

22. Josh Hodgson


Josh Hodgson

Josh Hodgson is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. He has previously played for North Queensland Cowboys, St George Illawarra Dragons, and Bradford Bulls.

Josh Hodgson was born on 31 October 1989 in Kingston upon Hull, England. He started playing junior football with Thurnscoe United before moving to North Queensland Cowboys where he made his NRL debut in 2009 against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at 16 years of age.

In 2013 he moved to St George Illawarra Dragons where he spent two seasons before joining Bradford Bulls ahead of the 2015 season.

On 17 May 2016 it was announced that Hodgson had signed a three-year contract with Hull Kingston Rovers. Josh Hodgson is an international player having represented England at under-18 level, as well as making one appearance for Great Britain U20s during their victorious 2010 World Cup campaign.

23. Simon Woolford

Simon Woolford

Simon Woolford is a hooker who has played for several clubs in the NRL. He was born in Young, New South Wales and represented Australia at the international level.

Woolford is currently playing for the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL competition. In 2002 he led his club to their first premiership title since 1975, with 20 appearances from the hooker position over the season including 4 tries and 189 metres gained on 54 carries (an average of 5.5 per run).

The following year he achieved another stellar season with 29 matches, 18 starts and 219 runs (6 tries) gained for an average of 7 yards each time he ran - second only to Darren Lockyer's tally that year of 872yds/g avg.

Seventh-placed Cronulla was unable to retain Woolford as captain due to salary cap restraints but did offer him a contract extension until 2006 which he signed prior to 2007 pre-season training commencing.

this meant that if selected for Country Origin or Test football by Johnathan Thurston then it would have been his sixth consecutive season captaining either side.

24. Jordan Rapana


Jordan Rapana

Jordan Rapana is a quality wing and fullback who has been playing in the NRL for 5 seasons with the Gold Coast Titans. He is strong and physical, able to take on defenders head-on and create space for his team mates.

He has represented New Zealand at international level on several occasions, including at the 2013 World Cup where they reached the quarter finals. 

With his consistent performances over the past few years, Jordan Rapana looks set to be one of the stars of Australian rugby league in future years Rapana is a winger who has played for both the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Māori rugby union teams.

He made his debut with the Canberra Raiders in 2014 and went on to play 118 matches for them over three seasons. In 2016, Rapana moved to New Zealand where he played 15 games for the All Blacks before returning to Australia two years later. 

With 74 tries scored in 296 appearances, Jordan Rapana is one of the leading try-scorers in Australian league history. He represented Cook Islands at the international level from 2013 until 2016, scoring four tries during that time span.

Outside of rugby union, Jordan Rapana works as a fitness trainer and owns his own gym business called "Team Fit". Rapana was named vice captain of Canberra Raiders ahead of their 2019 season campaign.

25. John Bateman


John Bateman

John Bateman is a second-row loose forward who has played for Bradford Bulls in the English Super League. He was born on 30 September 1993 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

At 6 ft 0in (1.83 m) and 15 stone 2 lb (96 kg), he is tall and strong for a second rower. John started playing rugby union at school but switched to rugby league when he joined his local team, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, aged 16 years old.

In 2013 he signed with Bradford Bulls after impressing during trials and made his debut in 2014 as a substitute against Widnes Vikings; scoring two tries on his debut game later that season against Hull Kingston Rovers Tigers. 

In 2016 John was named player of the year by both the Rugby League Writers' Association[3] and BBC Sport[4], becoming only the third player ever to win both awards - following Jason Robinson (1992/93) and Billy Slater (2007).

He also represented Great Britain at under 21 levels before making his full international début against New Zealand Maori in May 2017.

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26. Sam Backo


Sam Backo was born on 1 January 1961 in Ingham, Queensland. He played Prop for the Brisbane Broncos between 1988 and 1995. He joined the St George Illawarra Dragons in 1996 and played until 2001.

After leaving the Dragons, he joined English side Leeds Rhinos from 2002 to 2004 before retiring at the age of 37 due to injury. Sam has since been a coach with both his old club, Brisbane Broncos (2005-2007), as well as North Sydney Bears (2008-2010).

In 2009, he coached Australia during their tour of New Zealand where they won two out of three games including a win over eventual World Cup champions Manu Samoa in Auckland In 2017.

He became head coach of National Rugby League side Gold Coast Titans Sam Backo is a former Australian rugby union player who played for the Brisbane Broncos and Queensland Reds.

Sam Backo represented Australia at senior level, playing in the 1988–90 World Cup and 1990 Rugby League World Cup. 

After his retirement from professional rugby league, Backo moved into coaching where he has been involved with the Queensland Reds Elite Development Squad and Canberra Raiders Junior Club Team.

In 2014, Backo was named head coach of NQRL side the Northern Pride after spending two seasons as assistant coach to Tim Sheens with Melbourne Storm.

27. John Ferguson


John Ferguson is a retired Australian rugby union player who played as a wing. He was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 15 July 1954 and began his rugby career with the Wallabies in 1974.

During his playing career he represented Australia 31 times and won two Rugby World Cups (1991 & 1999). After retiring from professional sport, John became the head coach of the Brumbies in 2006 before leaving the position after just one season due to health reasons.

In 2012 he was awarded an Order of Australia for services to rugby union and charity work following a long illness suffered by son Brodie which forced him into retirement from coaching duties at Brumbies RFC. 

John now resides in Canberra where he continues to support various charities including The Red Cross Blood Service and Leukemia NSW through their annual blood drives.

John Ferguson has been married twice; firstly to Alison Teague from 1978 until her death in 2007, followed by secondly to Kerryn Phelps since 2009.

28. Elliott Whitehead

Second-row forward

Elliott Whitehead

Elliott Whitehead is a second row rugby player for Premiership side Harlequins. He has represented England at under-19, under-21 and senior level, as well as playing in the Six Nations Championship.

In May 2013 he signed a new contract with Harlequins until the end of the 2016–17 season. 

Whitehead was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire and attended Heptonstall School before moving to London to study law at Hertford College, Oxford University where he played club rugby for Eton Rowing Club and won Blues in both 2007 and 2008.

Elliott Whitehead was born on 4th of March, 1995 in Sheffield, England. Elliott Whitehead first played rugby league for Sheffield Eagles before transferring to Bradford Bulls aged just 15 years old. 

Elliott Whitehead made his debut for the Bradford Bulls during the 2009 season and went on to become a regular starter over the next few seasons with them. 

In 2013, Elliott Whitehead transferred to French side Catalans Dragons where he continued playing until 2016 when he joined Canberra Raiders in Australia as a part-time player due to injury problems with Bradford Bulls at that time.

After two seasons with Canberra Raiders, ElliottWhitehead decided to retire from rugby league following the 2018 NRL season after making 34 appearances and scoring 2 tries for the club since joining them in 2016/17 season. 

Since retiring from professional rugby league, Elliot has focused his efforts on becoming an actor and is currently appearing in BBC soap opera EastEnders under his real name of Ellis Hollins.

29. Nick Cotric


Nick Cotric

Nick Cotric is a wing and centre who plays for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL. Nick was born on 18 November 1998, in Cooma, New South Wales, Australia.

He started playing rugby league when he was four years old and quickly developed into one of the best players in his age group. In 2016, he made his debut for the Newcastle Knights and has since played 38 matches for them (including 3 finals).

He has also represented Australia at U16 level and is currently with their U20 team preparing for next year's World Cup tournament. 

Nick intends to study sports science after completing his NRL career so that he can become a coach or an athlete representative responsible for developing talent within sport at all levels.

Nick Cotric is a professional Australian rugby league footballer who plays for the Canberra Raiders. Nick was born in Newcastle, New South Wales on 4 September 1992. 

His father played rugby union and his brother is also a professional rugby league player, with the Sydney Roosters. 

Nick started playing football at an early age and attended Loreto Kirribilli Catholic College before being drafted by the Canberra Raiders in 2012 as a junior player/reserve halfback from St George Illawarra Dragons where he made 2 first grade appearances. 

Whilst still attending high school aged 17 years old He made his NRL debut for the Canberra Raiders against Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on 1 July 2013, scoring a try to make it 10-6 to the home side going into halftime (the score finished 18-12).

6 In round 8 of that year against North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium he scored another try which helped seal victory 20-16 after trailing 12-8 at halftime. 

This proved to be game-winning effort as Canberra went on to win their second consecutive minor premiership that season finishing 7 games clear of nearest rivals Brisbane Broncos . On 3 October 2014, Nick re signed with The Raiders until 2020.

In 2017 & 2018 he missed some matches due to NatWest 6 Nations commitments however managed 26 caps overall since joining The club including 19 starts between 2015–2018 making him one of Canberras most consistent performers over this period.

He has now established himself as one of Australias leading backline players.

30. Glenn Lazarus

Glenn Lazarus Career

  • 1987–91: Canberra Raiders
  • 1992–97: Brisbane Broncos
  • 1998–99: Melbourne Storm
  • 1988: President's XIII
  • 1989–90: NSW City
  • 1989–99: New South Wales
  • 1990–99: Australia
  • 1991–96: Country Origin
  • 1997: New South Wales (SL)
  • 1997: Australia (SL)

Glenn Lazarus is the leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team, which was established in July 2015. He served as Deputy to Kerrod Walters from 9 July 2015 until 14 July 2017.

In January 2014, he founded the United Australia Party (UAP) in Queensland and became its Leader later that year. He lost his seat at the Queensland state election in March 2015 but regained it at the subsequent by-election on 12 May 2015.

He resigned as Leader of UAP on 12 March 2015 after failing to win a Senate seat at the Australian Federal Election that month; Brian Burston succeeded him thereafter. Glenn Lazarus is a former Australian Senator for Queensland who was in office from 1 April 2013 to 6 June 2013.

He served as Deputy Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) from 2011 until his resignation in January 2013, after LNP members voted down leadership changes he advocated. 

Lazarus subsequently founded the Glenn Lazarus Team, an independent political party which contested the 2015 federal election but failed to win any seats.

In 2017, he joined forces with Pauline Hanson's One Nation party and became its senator for Queensland; however, this arrangement lasted just one year before Hanson resigned and Lazarus again dissolved his own party. 

Currently, Glenn Lazarus resides in Brisbane where he continues to work on various business ventures outside of politics.

31. Iosia Soliola

Second row

Iosia Soliola

Iosia Soliola is a versatile second row forward who can play at centre or prop. Soliola made his senior debut for the Auckland Blues in 2004 and has since played over 100 games for the club, including 37 Super Rugby matches.

He joined French side Racing 92 in 2013 and helped them to win the Top 14 title that year. After one season with Racing 92, Soliola signed a three-year deal with English side Saracens in January 2015. 

In February 2016, he was named vice-captain of Saracens following the retirement of Jamie George.[3] A member of New Zealand's successful 2005 Under 20s team,[4] Soliola made his test debut against Scotland on 17 June 2007 at Murrayfield Stadium and scored two tries in a 44–21 victory.

He was part of the All Blacks squad that won The World Cup in 2011 but missed out on selection for their triumphant tour to Europe later that year due to an ankle injury sustained while playing for Auckland Blues.

His hard work off the field saw him nominated as player of the year by both rugby media organizations – NZRU (2016) & SARACENS (2015/16).

9Soliola announced his retirement from professional rugby after captaining Saracens during their Premiership final victory over Exeter Chiefs on 24 May 2018.

32. Joseph Tapine


Joseph Tapine

Joe Tapine is a powerful prop for the New Zealand national rugby union team. He made his debut for the All Blacks in 2016 and has since become an important player on the side.

Joe is also a lock and can play at either flanker or number eight, providing cover for both sides of the scrum. Joe is highly skilled with ball in hand and possesses great speed across the pitch, making him very dangerous as a runner offload option.

He was born in Wellington, New Zealand but has played representative rugby throughout his home country and abroad, including representing.

Tonga at the international level before switching to New Zealand late last year due to residency eligibility rules changes by World Rugby Joseph Tapine is a New Zealand representative and Newcastle Knights player.

He has played for the Knights in both the NRL and Super League competitions. In 2018 he was named in the Kiwis squad for their tour of England but did not feature in any matches. 

Tapine made his international debut against France back in 2016 where he scored a try on his way to being named man-of-the-match Joseph is an aggressive ball carrier who can also score tries from dummy half or at fullback if required.

33. Shaun Fensom

Second row

Shaun Fensom

Shaun Fensom started playing Australian rules football when he was just six years old. He initially played for local club Camden, before being drafted by the Sydney Swans in the 2006 National Draft.

At Sydney Swans, Shaun Fensom quickly made a name for himself as one of the most exciting young players in the league, starring in their 2007 AFL season campaign which saw them make it all the way to the preliminary final stage.

In 2009, Shaun Fensom left Sydney and signed with Melbourne Football Club where he would go on to play 83 games over 4 seasons before returning to Sydney once again in 2013. 

Since his return to Sydney Swans in 2013, Shaun has continued putting up impressive numbers both on and off field, earning himself selection into Australia's 2014 World Cup squad and winning an AFL Premiership medal during their 2016 season championship victory over Richmond Tigers.

34. Gary Coyne

Gary Coyne is a retired Australian rugby union second-row who played for the Brumbies and Queensland Reds. Gary Coyne made his Test debut against Wales in 1989 and went on to play 36 internationals, including 22 appearances as captain of the Australia side.

After retiring from playing in 2001, Gary Coyne became involved with coaching at both state and national level before being appointed head coach of the Waratahs in 2012. 

In February 2015 it was announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but would continue working until he passed away from the disease later that year at the age of 57 Gary Coyne is a former NRL player who spent his entire career with the Canberra Raiders.

He played in 171 games for the club between 1983 and 1992, scoring 28 tries along the way. In 1989, Gary was selected to play for Queensland on their tour of New Zealand and made an impression by scoring two tries in a match against Auckland Blues. 

After leaving Canberra at the end of 1992 season, he went onto have a successful career playing with English side Wigan Warriors before retiring from football in 2000.

35. Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson was born on May 19, 1964 in Brisbane, Queensland. He started his career at the local rugby club and then went to play for the Brisbane Broncos in the Australian National Rugby League (ANRL).

In 1984 he made his film debut with "The Return of the King". The film won all sorts of awards and became a huge success both at home and overseas. It is now widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.

Peter Jackson followed up "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy with two further movies - "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Fellowship of The Ring" (2005). Both were equally well-received by fans and critics alike. 

In 2007 he released an animated movie called "LOTR: An Unexpected Journey", based on JRR Tolkien's classic novel series again starring Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalfthe White, Cate Blanchett as Galadrieland Andy Serkisas Gollum/Smeagol.

This new installment received rave reviews from moviegoers around the world who were eager to see how it would compare to its predecessors."

36. Brent Todd

Brent Todd is a New Zealand prop who has played for many teams over the years. Brent Todd started his career with Auckland before moving to North Harbour in 1987.

He joined Hawkes Bay in 1990 and stayed there until 2000 when he retired from rugby league. In 2001, Brent Todd took up rugby union and played for Wellington Saints RFC until 2006 when he retired again due to injury problems.

Since 2007, Brent Todd has been coaching at his sons' school where they are currently playing first grade rugby league together as part of the primary school side coached by him In 2012. 

BrentTodd was named development coach for the Otago Rugby Union team after spending time working with their under-20s squad In 2016, he was appointed head coach of newly formed Tasman district side Southern Rams following leading them to promotion from Central Districts leagues.

37. David Shillington


David Shillington

David Shillington is a prop who has played for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League (NRL). David started playing rugby league at an early age and quickly developed into one of Queensland's best props.

In 2006, David was selected to play for Australia in the World Cup but he didn't manage to make an impact on the tournament. Since moving to Sydney Roosters in 2008, David has cemented himself as one of the premier props in Australian rugby league.

At just 39 years old, David is still looking to improve his game and achieve even greater things both domestically and internationally. A dedicated family man, David enjoys spending time with his wife Andi and their two young children. 

David is always willing to give back to the sport community by participating in charity events or working with youth groups.

He is also involved with various churches throughout Brisbane which helps him combine his love for God with his passion for football. 9 Finally, David loves nothing more than spending time down under chilling out on some quality beach sand with mates.

38. Sebastian Kris

Sebastian Kris

Sebastian Kris is a 23-year old Australian basketball player who currently plays for the Brisbane Bullets in the NBL. Sebastian Kris was born on April 19, 1999 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Sebastien has played competitively since he was just five years old and participated in numerous junior tournaments throughout his home country of Australia before joining the Bullets as a rookie in 2016.

In total, Kris has appeared in 41 games for the Bullets over two seasons and averaged 11 points per game while shooting 47% from three-point range en route to being named an All-NBL Second Team member last year.

Kris is known for his high energy level on and off court which has often drawn comparisons to another young Australian player with similar skills - Ben Simmons of Philadelphia 76ers fame. 

Despite being just 23 years old, Sebastian Kris already boasts an impressive resume including playing at senior level internationally with Australia's U20 team at both European Championships (2016) and World Championship (2017).

With continued development and hard work under coach Andrej Lemanis at the Bullets' training facility alongside fellow youngsters Cameron Bairstow & Jarrod Croker among others, there's no doubt that Seb will continue to be one of the most exciting players in domestic basketball moving forward.

39. Jamal Fogarty

Scrum half

Jamal Fogarty

Jamal Fogarty is a talented halfback who has represented Australia at Under-20 and international level. He was born in Beaudesert, Queensland and played junior rugby for the Brothers before making his NRL debut with the Brisbane Broncos in 2013.

Fogarty has since established himself as one of the best halfbacks in the league, playing for both the Broncos and Melbourne Storm respectively. 

He won a premiership with Melbourne in 2017, becoming just the third player to win two premierships with two different clubs (the others being Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith).

In 2018 he signed with St George Illawarra Dragons after spending three seasons with Melbourne Storm Jamal Fogarty is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays for the Gold Coast Titans in the Australian Football League (AFL). 

He was born on 9 October 1994 and hails from Tasmania, Australia. Fogarty played his junior football with Gippsland Power before being drafted by the Melbourne Demons in 2013.

After playing four seasons with Melbourne, he was traded to the Gold Coast Titans during the 2017 AFL Draft where he has since made 41 appearances and recorded 7 goals and 79 tackles. 

Fogarty represented Australia at the under-18 level before debuting for their senior side at age 21 in an international match against New Zealand.

40. Joel Monaghan

Joel Monaghan

Joel Monaghan is a professional rugby union player who has played for the ACT Brumbies since 2007. He was born in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory and started playing rugby at an early age.

He made his international debut for Australia against Tonga in 2006 and has represented his country at World Cups in 2007 and 2011. Joel is also a part of the Wallabies Sevens team which won silver medals at the Olympic Games in London this year.

Joel is known for his speed and strength on the wing or as centres primary support player offloading to teammates either inside or outside him His family have been heavily involved with Rugby Union over many generations, including both.

Joel's grandfathers (Bill Ponsford & Gordon Young) having played representative level rugby; while one of his uncles, Malcolm Marx captained South Africa to victory over New Zealand during their 2013 Test series.

41. Clinton Schifcofske


Clinton Schifcofske

Clinton Schifcofske was born in 1975 in Moranbah, Queensland and played rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos from 1994-1999. He represented Australia at international level, playing 22 Tests and four World Cups between 1995 and 2003.

After retiring as a player, Clinton became an assistant coach with the Sydney Roosters before taking up a role with the Queensland Reds as head coach from 2016-2018. 

In 2018 he joined English side Wigan Warriors on a two-year contract as head coach starting in 2019 season Clinton Schifcofske was born on October 15, 1987 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Clinton is a fullback and wing who has played for the Queensland Reds since 2006. He has also represented Ulster in Ireland and Australia. Clinton made his Australian debut against New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney on July 6, 2007 and scored a try during that game. 

In 2008 Clinton helped Queensland to win their first ever National Rugby Championship title and he then went onto play for Scotland's Glasgow Warriors from 2010-2012 before returning to the Reds once more in 2013.

In 2014Clinton played for England's Saracens RFC but returned to the Reds at the start of 2016 season where he currently plays rugby union with them.

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42. Corey Horsburgh


Corey Horsburgh

Corey Horsburgh is a talented Australian Rules footballer who has been playing for the Brisbane Lions since 2016. He made his debut in Round 10 of the 2016 season and went on to play 18 games that season, as well as 7 more in 2017.

In 2018 he played 23 games, including 4 finals matches (lost all). Corey is known for his powerful kicking capabilities and strong tackling ability both off the ground and up high in the air. 

He was selected in the AFL Rising Star team of 2018 after impressing with his consistent performances at league level over recent seasons.

Corey Horsburgh is a professional Australian Rules footballer who plays for the Canberra Raiders in the Australian Football League (AFL). 

Corey was born on 27th October 1996 in Brisbane, Queensland and played his junior football with the Somerset Rebels before being drafted by the Gold Coast Suns with pick No.14 overall in the 2014 AFL National Draft.

After playing two seasons at Metricon Stadium, he made his debut for the Canberra Raiders against Melbourne at GIO Stadium on 8th September 2016 and has since gone on to play 58 games over three seasons with the club. 

In 2018, Corey signed a 2-year contract extension with Canberra which will see him stay until 2021. In November of that year, Corey represented Australia at the international level during their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.

Where they finished as runners-up to Denmark after losing both matches by close margins – 47 points (in Tallinn) and 23 points (in Copenhagen).

On 21st January 2019, it was announced that Horsburgh had been selected in Australia’s preliminary 24 man squad for their upcoming World Cup campaign set to take place from 15 July – 1st August in France alongside players such as Nat Fyfe Patrick Dangerfield and Lachie Neale among others. 

He currently holds dual citizenship through his father who is also an Australian citizen so can represent either country internationally should he choose too; however he mainly identifies himself as an Australian player & wants to continue representing them through 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.

43. Chris O'Sullivan

Chris O'Sullivan is a five-eighth who played for the Canberra Raiders in the NRL from 1982 to 1992. O'Sullivan represented Australia at international level, playing 55 Tests and scoring 33 tries.

He was also part of the side that won the World Cup in 1987. After leaving rugby league, O' Sullivan had a successful career as a professional soccer player with English club Bolton Wanderers and Scottish club Hearts respectively.

In 2009, he was named one of Australia's 100 greatest sporting figures ever by Australian sports magazine Sport Life . Chris O'Sullivan is married with three children and lives in Canberra where he works as an administrator for rugby union team ACT Brumbies.

Chris O'Sullivan is a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He started his career at Oldham Athletic and spent two seasons with the club before moving to Warrington in 1990. 

O'Sullivan made 266 appearances for Warrington over 11 years, helping them win promotion from Division Two in 1992 and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1993.

After leaving Warrington, he moved on to play for Swinton and Stockport County before retiring from football in 1997. Since retiring from football, O' Sullivan has worked as a goalkeeping coach with non-league side Hyde United FC. 

In 2009 he was appointed goalkeeping coach at League One side Blackpool F C. He left this role at the end of the 2013–14 season after being offered another position within the club.

44. Tom Starling


Tom Starling

Tom Starling is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League (NBL). 

Tom started his career playing junior basketball with the South Eastern Queensland Rebels and then moved up to play with the Greater Western Sydney Giants of the Australian NBL.

In May 2018, Starling signed with Adelaide 36ers as a replacement for injured forward Paddy Mills. Tom has represented Australia at under-16, under-18 and under-20 levels before making his debut for their senior team at age 19 during FIBA World Cup Qualifying in 2016. 

Tom finished 2nd joint top scorer (with teammate Jordan Loyd) of 2017–18 NBL season behind only John Longmire’s champion Melbourne Boomers squad and was subsequently named co-captain of Adelaide 36ers for 2018–19 campaign ahead of Josh Green and Paddy Mills respectively.

45. Corey Harawira-Naera

Second row

Corey Harawira-Naera

Corey Harawira-Naera was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 18 May 1995. He is 188 cm tall and weighs 105 kg. Corey started playing rugby when he was just six years old and quickly became a star player for his school team.

In 2013, Corey signed with the Counties Manukau Steelers in the ITM Cup competition and played well enough to be called up to the New Zealand Under 20s squad later that year. 

Corey made his provincial debut for Counties Manukau in 2014 against Tasman Makos and went on to make over 50 appearances for them before signing with Taranaki in 2018 as part of their inaugural season in the Mitre 10 Cup competition.

Corey has been a regular member of both the All Blacks U20 side (2013-14) and New Zealand's wider training group since making his debut at age 20 during 2016/17 off the bench against Wales. 

In October 2018, it was announced that Cory had re-joined Counties Manukau after two seasons with Taranaki where he won back-to-back National Championships title as captain.

As one of only three-second rowers available to play Test match rugby for NZ this year due to injury or suspension, there are high expectations pinned on him by many Kiwi fans who believe that if given an opportunity he can take international honours home with hi s beloved black jersey.

46. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad


Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is a fullback/wing player who was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1995. Charnze played for the Junior Kiwis before joining the NRL's Wellington Knights in 2013.

He made his first grade debut for the Knights against Canberra Raiders in round 17 of the 2014 season and quickly established himself as one of the team's key players. 

In 2018, he signed with North Queensland Cowboys on a two-year deal and has since become an integral part of their squad, playing 22 games over 2 seasons so far (2018 & 2019).

Charlize is known for his attacking play from fullback or wing position and has been praised by both his coaches and fellow players alike for his hard work ethic and determination to improve every day – qualities that have seen him achieve success at both junior level and professional level thus far.

47. Xavier Savage


Xavier Savage

Xavier Savage is a highly skilled Australian basketball player. Xavier was born in Cairns, Queensland and raised in Sydney. At the age of 12 he moved to Brisbane with his family where he started playing junior basketball for the Southport Sharks.

In 2016, Xavier signed with the Melbourne Tigers of the National Basketball League (NBL). He averaged 15 points per game during his rookie season and helped Melbourne win their first NBL championship since 1997. 

On 7 May 2018, it was announced that Xavier had signed with Spanish club Barcelona Dragons for the rest of the 2017–18 EuroLeague season. After averaging 16 points per game in Spain, including a 38-point performance against Real Madrid, he re-signed with Barcelona for another two seasons on 20 July 2019.

 In November 2019, after only one month back from injury following ankle surgery,[5] it was announced that Xavier would miss 6 months due to a torn ACL.

This means that he will not return until February 2020 at the earliest when team compete in Australia's domestic Telstra Premiership competition.

Despite missing significant time due to injury over recent years, there is no doubting that Xavier is one of Australia's most talented young basketball players and has huge potential to achieve even greater things both on and off court in future years.

48. Shannon Boyd


Shannon Boyd

Shannon Boyd is a prop for the Raiders in the NRL. She was born and raised in Goulburn, New South Wales. Shannon started playing rugby league at an early age with her brothers.

Her hard work and determination has seen her progress through the ranks of Australian football, rugby union and now to NRL level. 

Shannon is currently contracted to the Raiders until 2020 Shannon Boyd was born on 14 March 1992 in Canberra, Australia.

Shannon played for the Canberra Raiders from 2014 to 2018 before joining the Gold Coast Titans in 2019. He has represented NSW Country and Australia at international level during his career so far. In 2018, he won the NRL Rising Star award after impressing with 36 tackles and 0 goals from 9 games for the Canberra Raiders that season.

Despite playing just 14 matches for Gold Coast this season, Boyd still finished as their best player with an impressive tally of 0 tucks (touchdowns), 36 tackles and 3 try assists.

49. Matt Frawley

Matt Frawley

Matt Frawley is a 28-year old Australian footballer who currently plays for Canberra United in the A-League. He made his professional debut with Sydney FC in 2014, before moving to Melbourne City two years later.

In 2018, he joined Canberra United and has since played a key role in their push for promotion to the A-League top division. Matt is also a regular for Australia Under 20s and was part of their squad that competed at the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2017 where they reached the semi finals.

Outside of football, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as playing tennis and cricket Matt Frawley is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the National Rugby League. 

Matt Frawley has played for the Huddersfield Giants and Canberra Raiders since he made his NRL debut in 2017.

In 2018, Matt Frawley was selected to play for New South Wales in State of Origin series. Matt Frawley also represented Australia at the international level while playing with the Newcastle Knights from 2014-2018 and again in 2020 when he was part of their World Cup campaign. 

In 2019, after being released by Huddersfield, Matt signed with Canterbury Bulldogs on a one-year contract extension until 2021 which will keep him at Belmore until at least 2023.

He is known as an effective five-eighth or halfback due to his accurate kicking game and strong running ability both offloads and inside runs from dummy half back positions making him hard to stop once he gets going full speed down field - something that can often create openings for teammates around him.

50. Brad Schneider

Brad Schneider

Schneider is a highly touted young Australian talent and has been playing cricket for the Adelaide Strikers since he was just 9 years old. 

He made his international debut in the 2017 ICC World Cup Qualifier against Hong Kong and impressed with scores of 44 and 36 not out, helping Australia to victory by an innings.

Schneider has continued to perform well at domestic level, averaging over 50 in first-class matches during 2018/19 season. In November 2019, Brad signed a new contract with the Strikers that will keep him at the club until 2023. 

The talented allrounder looks set for big things in future, having shown himself as one of Australia’s most promising players on both sides of the ball Brad Schneider is a halfback for the Canberra Raiders in the NRL.

Brad has represented Germany at the international level, playing 5 matches and scoring 2 tries. He was born on March 10th, 2021, in Sydney Australia. Brad started his footballing career with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs before joining the Canberra Raiders in the 2020.

Season as a rookie halfback In 2019 he was named co-captain of the Raiders alongside Aidan Sezer following Sam Williams’s departure from rugby league to focus on representing New South Wales in State of Origin.

He currently holds several club records including most points scored (50), most tackles made (23) and second fastest 150m time (14 seconds).

Brad is passionate about supporting mental health charities such as Beyond Blue and Heads Together which he does through various events he attends like Raider Fights Cancer day or ‘Cup Against Depression’ event that raises money for Lifeline.

51. Joseph Leilua


Joseph Leilua

Joseph Leilua is a talented centre who has played for the Melbourne Storm and Auckland Warriors in Australia. He was part of the New South Wales side that won the under 18s title in 2009, and made his first-grade debut with Melbourne during the 2010 NRL season.

In 2013 he joined English side London Broncos on a two-year contract, but failed to make an impact and was released at the end of 2014. 

He then returned to Sydney where he signed with new club North Queensland Cowboys for 2015, making 21 appearances before leaving at the end of 2016 to join Newcastle Knights ahead of their 2017 season.

In 2019 he moved back up north and signed with Canberra Raiders on a three year deal following successful trials He is an Australian rugby league player who has played for the Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights. 

He made his NRL debut with the Sydney Roosters in 2010, and went on to play for them until 2015. After leaving the Sydney Roosters, he joined the Newcastle Knights where he spent 3 seasons before joining Canberra Raiders in 2019.

Joseph Leilua is a hard-working forward who enjoys running into defenders and making metres through tough tackles; this makes him a valuable member of any team’s front row arsenal. 

His natural skill set was honed at Samoa national rugby league team where he represented his country from 2012 to 2019 (including 9 appearances at international level). Joseph Leilua is married with two children and lives in Campbelltown, New South Wales – close to both of his former clubs.

Final Words

. . The Canberra Raiders are one of the most successful and respected rugby league teams in Australia. Some of their best players over the years have been legends such as Clive Churchill, Ivan Cleary, Jarrod Croker and Mal Meninga.

The club is always associated with hard work and commitment, which has seen them achieve great success both on and off the field.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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