State of Origin Series Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

The State of Origin series is one of the most anticipated sporting events in Australia. Every year, the best players from New South Wales and Queensland battle it out in a best-of-three series to determine who is the best rugby league team in the country.

This rivalry has become so intense over the years that it has been dubbed “Australian sport’s greatest rivalry”. It is an event that many Australians look forward to each year and the atmosphere in the stadiums is electric. Whether you are a fan of the Blues or the Maroons, the State of Origin series is truly a spectacle to behold.

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1. Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith is a professional golfer from Australia. He turned pro in 2013 and has since played on the PGA Tour of Australasia. His highest ranking was 2nd place, which he achieved in July 2022.

Cameron Smith enjoys playing golf with his friends and family as well as competing against the best players in the world. Cameron Smith is an ambassador for LIV Golf, an Australian-based company that manufactures golf equipment and provides instructional courses to improve your game.

Cameron Smith is a professional golfer who has been playing for over 20 years. He has won six times on the PGA Tour and four times on the European Tour, making him one of the most successful golfers in history. 

He also holds three major championship titles – two Masters tournaments and one U.S Open – meaning he’s an extremely consistent player across multiple formats.

Outside of competitions, Cameron is known for his philanthropy work with various charities - such as cancer research - which shows his dedication to helping others in need.

Also Played For: golf, masters tournament

2. Mal Meninga

Centre

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".

Also Played For: canberra raiders

3. Laurie Daley

Stand-off

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.

4. Josh Papali'i

Prop

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.

5. Jack Wighton

Fullback

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.

6. Corey Parker

Second row

Corey Parker

Corey Parker was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on May 5th 1982. He made his first-grade debut with the Norths Devils in 2001 and has since played over 200 games for the club.

Corey Parker signed with the Melbourne Storm in 2009 and has spent four seasons with them, playing a total of 102 games and scoring 12 tries. 

In 2013, Corey Parker moved to France to play for Toulon where he stayed until 2016 when he returned to Melbourne Storm once more.

Corey Parkers form at fullback saw him selected as Australian captain for their 2015 Rugby Championship campaign which they won convincingly (they defeated New Zealand 34–14). 

In 2018, Corey Parker left Melbourne Storm again and joined fellow Queensland side The Broncos on a two-year deal starting from 2019 NRL season Corey Parker is one of the best players in the NRL and has represented Queensland and Australia on numerous occasions.

Corey Parker started playing rugby league when he was just five years old, representing Brisbane Broncos from 2001-16 before moving to Queensland to play for the Prime Minister's XIII in 2010-13. 

After a stellar career with Brisbane, Corey Parker signed with the Sydney Roosters for the 2017 season where he currently plays alongside Luke Keary and Mitchell Pearce. 

In 2008, Corey Parker was part of Australia's World Cup winning squad and earned himself international honours such as The Australian Sports Medal and The Clive Churchill Medal Award (the highest honour bestowed upon an Australian player).

At 29 years old, Corey Parkes still has plenty left in his rugby league tank and is considered one of the greatest players ever to grace either code of football.

Also Played For: brisbane broncos

7. Sam Thaiday

Prop

Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on June 12th 1985. He is a professional Rugby League footballer who plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League (NRL).

Sam has played for the Brisbane Broncos since 2008 and has been a regular member of their squad ever since. In 2013 he won his first NRL Premiership with the Broncos and also represented Queensland at State of Origin level that year.

Sam is an aggressive forward who loves to run over defenders and score tries in front of his home crowd at Suncorp Stadium. 

He has also represented Australia at the international level on numerous occasions, most notably captaining them to victory over New Zealand in the 2013 ANZAC Test match series.

In December 2015 it was announced that Thaiday had signed a three-year contract extension with Brisbane which will keep him with the club until 2018. Outside of football, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as undertaking various charity work throughout Queensland.

8. Wally Lewis

Lock

Wally Lewis

Wally Lewis is a retired Australian rugby league five-eighth and lock. He played for the Fortitude Valley club in 1978–83, before moving to Wakefield Trinity in 1983.

Lewis won two premierships with Wakefield, in 1984 and 1985, as well as being named World Rugby League Five-eighth of the Year both seasons. He finished his career with Brisbane Broncos (1995), Canberra Raiders (1996) and Newcastle Knights (1997).

Lewis was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Wally James Lewis was born on 1 December 1959 at Hawthorne, Queensland, Australia to Walter Sr., a truck driver, and Lillian (née Ritchie).

His family relocated to Townsville when he was seven years old where he attended Holy Family School until 1973 when he moved back to Melbourne to attend Prahran High School where he excelled at athletics. 

In 1978 Wally transferred from Varsity Blues U18s football side captained by Allan Langer scoring 42 tries from 15 games including 5 against NSW Countryside Panthers U18s 20/12/78 under 16's.

Origin II match-winning try 2 minutes 52 seconds from full-time 27 all-over field goal kicker Trevor Bayliss touchline that day who put team shirt number "42" on him after game then offered handshake agreement not publicity because they didn't have TV cameras there like nowadays live on Sky etc.

After leaving school landed a professional rugby league contract playing first grade for Newtown Jets 1977 season NYC grand final loss 36-8 v Balmain Tigers NRL Grand Final winners 38-0 which led Sydney Morning Herald journalist Peter Sterling calling Newtown Jets “the worst ever” squad good enough only for amateur competition wrote about.

It giving player & coach David Furner job interview coaching Newtown following season end - true story some people still believe this today despite overwhelming evidence proving otherwise. LOL again. 

Yes I actually did play first grade professionally for Newtown Jets 1977 season NYC grand final loss 36-8 v Balmain Tigers NRL Grand Final winners 38--0 but no one really knows that apart from me & my close friends whom I've told this amazing story too many times already so if you don't mind could you please just move along now thanks.

9. Payne Haas

Prop

Payne Haas

Payne Haas is a young Australian basketball player who has already achieved a lot in his short career. Payne Haas was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia on 2 December 1999 and started playing basketball at an early age.

He quickly became one of the country's top performers and joined the Australian Youth national team in 2015. In March 2018, he signed with Danish club BK Metz for the rest of the season after impressing scouts during trials. 

He made his debut for Metz on 10 April 2018 against FC Barcelona Lassa and averaged 5 points per game over 7 appearances before being recalled to Australia's senior side ahead.

Their tour to China later that month Payne Haas has continued to play for Australia at youth level since returning from Europe but is yet to make his full international debut.

10. Darius Boyd

Fullback

Darius Boyd Career

  • 2006–08: Brisbane Broncos
  • 2009–11: St. George Illawarra
  • 2012–14: Newcastle Knights
  • 2015–20: Brisbane Broncos
  • 2008–17: Queensland
  • 2008–17: Australia
  • 2012: Prime Minister's XIII

Darius Boyd is a well-known fullback who has played for the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm in the NRL. 

He was originally signed by the Brisbane Broncos as an 18-year old, and made his debut in 2006 against the Newcastle Knights.

In 2009, he re-signed with the Brisbane Broncos on a three-year deal, before joining Melbourne Storm at the end of that season. 

During his time with both clubs, Darius Boyd has won two premierships (with Brisbane in 2011 and Melbourne in 2013), as well as being named player of the year twice (2012 with Brisbane and 2014 with Melbourne).

At international level, Darius Boyd has represented Australia numerous times over – most notably during their 2012 Rugby League World Cup campaign which culminated in them becoming world champions. 

Currently playing for French side Catalans Dragons, where he joined at the start of this season – having previously spent one year apiece at English club St Helens RLC and Japanese rugby union side Suntory Sungoliath FC respectively.

Also Played For: newcastle knights

11. Corey Oates

Winger

Corey Oates

Corey Oates is a talented Australian Rules footballer who has played for the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns in the AFL. Oates was drafted by the Brisbane Lions with their first selection (No.

5 overall) in the 2011 AFL National Draft. In his debut season at senior level, he finished second on the club for total disposals (246). 

He also averaged 16 disposals per game over 19 matches, including three games of 30+ disposal performances.

In 2013, Oates played 10 games for Melbourne before being traded to the Gold Coast Suns at the end of that season as part of a package that included pick No 7 and future draft picks which helped rebuild both clubs' lists following seasons of poor results.

Oates made an immediate impact upon joining Gold Coast; he ranked fifth in 2012-13 league kicking statistics with 124 goals from 153 kicks – an impressive return given his limited opportunities as a midfielder/forward due to injury throughout most of his career up until that point.

In 2014, despite missing six weeks early in the year with a hamstring injury sustained playing against Collingwood Football Club in round 2,Corey still managed to average 24 disposals and five marks per match across 23 appearances continuing this form into 2015.

Where he was runner up for best and fairest behind teammate Tom Lynch at Metricon Stadium after averaging 26 touches, seven tackles and 496 metres gained per game.[3] On 27 October 2016 during Australia's International Match against Ireland at Adelaide.

Corey broke Paul Roos’ record number career possessions held by an Australian rules player when he passed Roos’s previous figure off 169 catches. This came just one day after breaking Gary Ablett Sr.'s all time goal kicking record.

When kicked four goals from four attempts during Australia's loss to Geelong Cats at Simonds Stadium on Saturday night. Oates announced his retirement from football effective immediately following the conclusion of Round 22 2018 NRL Season.

After 203 matches representing Queensland State U23s & Sydney Swans U18 side between 2009-2012 inclusive then finally making it onto The Lions Senior Side playing 20 consecutive.

Games recovering from ACL Reconstruction surgery before being delisted prior to 2017 Preseason Rd1 due to salary cap issues yet again , having achieved so much but not quite completing what could have been had injuries not intervened along way.

12. Daly Cherry-Evans

Halfback

Daly Cherry-Evans

Daly Cherry-Evans is a halfback who has played for the Queensland Reds and the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition. Cherry-Evans has been a regular starter for the Queensland Reds since he made his debut in 2009.

He has also represented Australia at international level, playing in the 2013 and 2015 World Cups. Cherry-Evans is a powerful and accurate halfback, who is known for his long kicking range. He is also a dangerous runner with the ball in hand.

Cherry-Evans is one of the most popular players in Queensland rugby, and is considered one of the best halfbacks in the world. He is also a popular media personality, having appeared on several TV shows and been a regular commentator for rugby matches.

Cherry-Evans is contracted to the Queensland Reds until the end of the 2020 season. He is also considering offers to play in the Super Rugby competition for other teams. Daly Cherry-Evans is married to former Australian model and TV presenter, Terri-Ann Garratt.

The couple have two children. Daly Cherry-Evans is a devout Christian, and has spoken about his faith in the media. Daly Cherry-Evans is a spokesperson for the Queensland Children's Hospital, and has helped raise money for the hospital. 

Daly Cherry-Evans is a popular choice for Queensland and Australian rugby fans, and is considered one of the greatest halfbacks in the history of the game.

Also Played For: manly warringah sea eagles

13. Greg Inglis

Fullback

Greg Inglis Career

  • 2005–10: Melbourne Storm
  • 2011–2019: South Sydney
  • 2021: Warrington Wolves
  • 2006–18: Queensland
  • 2006–16: Australia
  • 2012–17: Indigenous All Stars
  • 2016: Prime Minister's XIII

Greg Inglis is a physical specimen, standing at 6'5'' and weighing in at 16 stone 8 pounds. He is a powerful and agile centre, able to play at fullback and on the wing.

Greg Inglis is a natural leader on the field. He is a tireless worker and is always looking for a way to improve his game. 

Greg Inglis has had an illustrious career thus far, playing for the Melbourne Storm, the Brisbane Broncos, and the Sydney Roosters.

He has won a premiership with Melbourne and two with Brisbane, as well as scoring many tries. Greg Inglis is a hard worker, and his consistency and durability have been key to his success. He is a valuable member of any team, and is always looking to contribute.

Greg Inglis is a popular figure in the NRL, and is well-known and liked by his teammates and fans. He is a true professional and enjoys the game of rugby league. Greg Inglis is a great ambassador for the game of rugby league, and is involved in many charity work.

He is a popular figure in the community and is loved by all who know him. Greg Inglis is an excellent leader on and off the field, and is a role model for young athletes. 

He will be an important player in the NRL for many years to come. Greg Inglis is a natural footballer, and has a bright future ahead of him. He is an important part of the Melbourne Storm roster, and is looking to continue his successful career.

Also Played For: south sydney rabbitohs

14. Cameron Murray

Second row

Cameron Murray

Cameron Murray is a rugby union player who hails from Sydney, Australia. He first came to prominence at a young age, winning a national under-15 title in 2017.

Murray then made the move to the professional ranks, signing with London Welsh in 2018. He made his debut for the Welsh side in a 2018-19 European Rugby Challenge Cup match against Ospreys.

In May 2019, Murray was called up to the Australian national team for their Test against Japan. He made his international debut in the match, starting at center. Murray is a versatile player, able to play at both center and fly-half.

He has been praised for his kicking skills and ball-carrying ability. Murray is a key part of the Australian squad for their upcoming Rugby World Cup campaign. Cameron Murray is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League ( NRL ).

Cameron Murray was born on the 24th of January 1996 in the town of Macksville, New South Wales. Cameron Murray started playing rugby league as a youngster and played for the South Macksville Bears in the Shute Shield competition. 

In 2013, Cameron Murray signed with the Sydney Roosters and made his NRL debut in the 2013 NRL season.

In 2018, Cameron Murray signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and has since made 125 appearances for the club. 

Cameron Murray is a utility player who can play at centre, wing or fullback. Cameron Murray has played representative football for New South Wales and Australia and has been a part of the side that won the 2018 State of Origin series.

Cameron Murray is a true professional who works hard on and off the field and is a leader in the South Sydney Rabbitohs team. Cameron Murray is a future hall of famer and is one of the best players in the NRL.

15. Damien Cook

Hooker

Damien Cook

Damien Cook is a talented Australian hooker who has been playing union since he was a youngster. He has represented his country at international level and is a regular in the Australia national team.

Damien Cook is a hard-working player who is always looking to contribute to his team. He has a good kicking game and is capable of creating opportunities for his team. Damien Cook is a reliable player who is well-known for his defensive skills.

He is a good team player who is always looking to help his team reach its goals. Damien Cook is a popular player with his team-mates, and is considered a leader on the field.

 He is currently playing for the Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby competition. Damien Cook is a talented player who is sure to be a force in the union game for years to come.

16. Latrell Mitchell

Fullback

Latrell Mitchell

Latrell Mitchell is a talented fullback who can also play in the centres. He is strong in defence and can score tries. Mitchell made his debut for the NSW Waratahs in 2016 and has since been a regular in the side.

He has represented Australia at under-20 and under-23 level and has also played for the NSW Country Eagles. Mitchell is a part of the Sydney Roosters squad and is contracted to the club until the end of the 2021 season.

Mitchell has been praised for his skillful play and is considered one of the best young fullbacks in the NRL. Mitchell is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game. He is a popular player with his teammates and is an integral part of the Sydney Roosters squad.

Mitchell is a hopeful young player who is looking to establish himself as one of the best fullbacks in the NRL. He has a bright future and is looking to continue his impressive career in the NRL. Mitchell is a talented player who is looking to improve his game further and become one of the best players in the NRL.

17. Dane Gagai

Centre

Dane Gagai Career

  • 2011: Brisbane Broncos
  • 2012–17: Newcastle Knights
  • 2018–21: South Sydney
  • 2022: Newcastle Knights
  • 2015–17: Indigenous All Stars
  • 2015–22: Queensland
  • 2015: Prime Minister's XIII
  • 2017–18: Australia
  • 2019: Māori All Stars

Dane Gagai is a talented Australian football player who has been playing for clubs in the NRL for a number of years. He has a good physique and is capable of playing at a number of positions in the backline.

Dane Gagai is known for his speed and agility, which makes him a difficult player to stop. He is one of the most consistent players in the NRL, which has led to him being awarded the prestigious Dally M Medal in 2013 and 2014.

Dane Gagai is a hard-working player who is always looking to improve his game. He has been called up to the Australian national team on a number of occasions, and is expected to play a major role in the 2018 World Cup. Dane Gagai is a popular player with his fans, and is highly regarded within the NRL community.

He is a committed player who is always looking to give his best performance. Dane Gagai is a talented footballer who is sure to make an impact on the international stage in the future.

18. Johnathan Thurston

Scrum half

Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. Thurston has played for the Queensland Maroons and the Australian Kangaroos.

He is the most capped player in the history of both the Queensland and Australian rugby league teams. 

Thurston was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 25 April 1983. He played rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos before being signed by the North Queensland Cowboys in 2004.

Thurston has since played for the Cowboys in the National Rugby League and the Queensland Maroons. He has also played for the Australian Kangaroos. 

Thurston has won numerous awards, including the Golden Boot and the Dally M Medal. He was also named the Player of the Year in 2013. Thurston has represented Australia at international level, playing in the 2006 and 2013 World Cups.

He has also played in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals. Thurston is the most capped player in the history of both the Queensland and Australian rugby league teams. He has played in 131 games for the Queensland Maroons and 66 games for the Australian Kangaroos. 

Thurston has also played in five World Cup finals. Thurston is a dual international, having played for Australia in both the rugby league and rugby union codes.

He has also played for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League and the Queensland Reds in the Super 14 rugby union code. Thurston has won two Super Rugby championships. Thurston is a two-time Golden Boot winner, having won the award in 2010 and 2013. 

Thurston was also named the Player of the Year in 2013. Thurston has also been nominated for the Dally M Medal three times. Thurston is a devout Christian and has spoken about his faith in the media.

Thurston married his wife Toni in 2009. The couple have three children. Thurston is a keen sportsman and has been involved in a number of sports other than rugby league. He has played Australian rules football for the Brisbane Lions and cricket for the Queensland Bulls. 

Thurston also played American football for the Cowboys. Thurston is a popular figure in the NRL and has been involved in a number of charitable events. He has also been involved in a number of fund-raisers for children's charities.

Also Played For: north queensland cowboys

19. James Tedesco

Sydney Roosters

James Tedesco

James Tedesco is a fullback who has played for the NSW Waratahs and the Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby competition. He has represented Australia at under-20, under-18 and under-16 levels, and has also won a Junior World Championship medal.

Tedesco made his Super Rugby debut for the NSW Waratahs in 2013, and has since played for the Melbourne Rebels, the Newcastle Falcons and the Perth Spirit. 

Tedesco was a part of the Waratahs team that won the 2014 Super Rugby title, and he has also been named in the Australian squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Tedesco is a hard-working and tenacious fullback, who is renowned for his strong defence and accurate kicking. He is a graduate of the NSW Waratahs Academy, and is currently a full-time player with the Melbourne Rebels. 

Tedesco is a popular and highly-respected member of the Australian rugby community, and he will be hoping to continue his impressive Super Rugby and international career in the future.

James Tedesco is married to his wife, Kelsey, and they have two children, daughter Lily and son Aidan. In his free time, James Tedesco enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing cricket and skiing.

Also Played For: west tigers

20. Nathan Cleary

Penrith Panthers

Nathan Cleary

Nathan Cleary is a talented halfback who has been impressing in the National Rugby League (NRL) for the Sydney Roosters. Cleary was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1997.

At just 25 years of age, Cleary is already an experienced player in the NRL, having played for the Sydney Roosters since the 2016 season. Cleary is an exciting player who can create opportunities for his teammates with his quick passing and running.

Cleary is known for his strong running and passing, which has seen him score many tries in the NRL. 

Cleary is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game. He is a popular player with his teammates and is highly respected by coaches and fans alike.

Cleary is a talented player who has a bright future in the NRL. He is sure to continue to impress with his skill and determination. 

Cleary is an Australian international and has been called up to the national team for the 2018 World Cup. Nathan Cleary is a talented halfback who is sure to continue to play a major role in the Sydney Roosters' success in the NRL.

21. Brian To'o

Penrith Panthers

Brian To

Brian To'o is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays for the Sydney Swans. He was born in Westmead, New South Wales, Australia and played junior football for the Warringah Mariners.

In 2016, he was drafted by the Sydney Swans with their first selection in the 2016 national draft. He made his debut in the AFL for the Sydney Swans in the round 8, 2017 against the Melbourne Demons.

He has since played 25 games for the Swans, averaging 20 disposals and 5 marks per game. 

He was named in the Team of the Week for round 15, 2017. He was also named in the Australian squad for the 2017 AFL International Rules Series.

In 2018, he was traded to the Geelong Cats in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2019 AFL draft. He was awarded the AFL Rising Star nomination for the 2018 AFL season.

22. Brad Fittler

Sydney Roosters

Brad Fittler

Brad Fittler is a five-eighth and lock for the Sydney Roosters. He has played for the Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters since 1989 and 1996, respectively.

Fittler has scored 136 tries in 119 games for the Panthers and 390 tries in 217 games for the Roosters. He has also played for the New South Wales Waratahs and the Australian Wallabies.

Fittler is one of the most decorated players in Australian rugby league history, having been named the Dally M Player of the Year on six occasions. He is married to former Australian swimmer and television presenter, Sophie Edelman.

Fittler is currently a commentator for Fox Sports. He was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2013. Fittler has two children, a daughter and a son. Brad Fittler is a former New South Wales State of Origin player and Australian rugby league coach.

Brad Fittler was the head coach of the Sydney Roosters from 2007 to 2009. Brad Fittler is also the head coach of Lebanon national rugby league team. Brad Fittler has won 3 premierships as a player with the Sydney Roosters, and 2 with the New South Wales State of Origin side.

Brad Fittler is one of the most successful coaches in Australian rugby league history, having won over 50% of his games in charge. Brad Fittler is a well-respected coach and captain in the rugby league community. Brad Fittler is currently the head coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team.

Brad Fittler is one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the NRL. Brad Fittler is a very charismatic and motivational coach, and is highly respected by his players and staff.

23. Valentine Holmes

North Queensland Cowboys

Valentine Holmes Career

  • High school: Ignatius Park College, Kirwan State High School (Townsville, Australia)
  • Position: Running back / return specialist
  • New York Jets (2019)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Valentine Holmes was born in Townsville, Queensland in 1995. Valentine Holmes played for the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL from 2014-2018 and was a regular in the side.

In 2020, Holmes signed with the North Qld Cowboys in the Intrust Super Cup. In total, Holmes has played 161 games in the NRL and scored 84 tries. Holmes has also played for the Australian U20s and the Queensland Maroons.

In 2018, Holmes was named in the Queensland Origin side and played at centre in their victory over New South Wales. Holmes is a regular member of the Queensland side and has been named in the Australian side for the 2019 Rugby League World Cup.

Holmes is also a talented footballer and has played for Queensland in the National Football League. Holmes is an ambassador for the North Queensland Cowboys and has been involved in a number of community projects.

24. Ben Hunt

St. George Illawarra Dragons

Ben Hunt

Hunt is a talented halfback and hooker who has played for the Brisbane Broncos and the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL. Hunt has represented Australia at international level and was a part of the victorious Australian team at the 2013 World Cup.

Hunt is a hard-working player who is respected by his teammates and opponents for his toughness and ability to make things happen on the field. 

Hunt is married to the former model Emily Kippax and the couple have two young children. Hunt is a popular player with the Brisbane Broncos supporters, who affectionately call him "The Ben Hunt Show".

Hunt is looking to extend his playing career in the NRL and is also considering opportunities in Europe and the United States. 

Hunt is a natural leader on the field and is often called upon to take the reins during high-pressure situations. Hunt is a popular member of the Brisbane Broncos coaching staff and will be a key player in the team's bid for success in 2017.

Hunt is an Australian representative at international level and is one of the most highly-rated players in the NRL.

25. Angus Crichton

Sydney Roosters

Angus Crichton

Angus Crichton is a 26-year-old second-row forward who plays for the Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition. Crichton has represented Australia at under-20 and under-23 level, and was part of the side that won the World Rugby Under 20 Championships in 2016.

He made his debut for the Waratahs in 2016, and has since made 34 appearances for the side. 

Crichton has also made nine appearances for the Sydney Rays in the National Rugby Championship. In 2017, Crichton was part of the Australian side that won the Pacific Nations Cup.

In 2018, Crichton was part of the Australian side that reached the final of the Rugby Championship, losing to New Zealand. Crichton is a powerful second-row forward who can also play at hooker. He is a keen footballer who has played for the Sydney United Football Club in the National Youth League.

Angus Crichton is a hardworking and dedicated player who is looking to continue his success in the Super Rugby competition and the Rugby Championship.

26. Jarome Luai

Penrith Panthers

Jarome Luai

Jarome Luai is a talented five-eighth and halfback who has been in great form for the Sydney Roosters this season. He is a hard worker and is always looking to put in a good performance for his team.

Jarome is also a very composed player, and is always calm under pressure. He is a future superstar, and is sure to be a big player in the NRL for years to come. 

He is a great role model for young players, and is always willing to help out his teammates. He is a very popular player with the Sydney Roosters fans, and they are looking forward to seeing him perform in the finals. 

He is a true Australian hero, and we are sure that he will go on to be a great player in the NRL. We wish Jarome all the best for the future, and we hope that he can continue to perform at such a high level.

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27. Josh Addo-Carr

Melbourne Storm

Josh Addo-Carr Career

  • 2016: Wests Tigers
  • 2017–21: Melbourne Storm
  • 2022: Canterbury Bulldogs
  • 2017: NSW City
  • 2018–21: New South Wales
  • 2019: Australia
  • 2019: Australia 9's
  • 2019–22: Indigenous All Stars
  • 2022: Prime Minister's XIII

Josh Addo-Carr is a wing player who is currently playing for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL. He was born in Blacktown, New South Wales, and played his junior rugby league for the Blacktown City Knights.

He was signed by the Newcastle Knights in 2014 and made his NRL debut in the 2015 season. He has played for the Australian national team, and participated in the 2017 World Cup. He is married to Saraya Addo-Carr, and they have one child.

In 2018, he was named the Knights' player of the year. He has been criticised for his discipline in the NRL, but is still one of the most exciting players in the league. He is a powerful wing player who can run long distances, and has excellent passing skills.

He is a talisman for the Newcastle Knights, and is known for his hard work and passion for the game.

28. Jake Trbojevic

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Jake Trbojevic

Jake Trbojevic is a Socceroo who plays for club and country. Jake Trbojevic is a tall and strong midfielder who can score goals. Jake Trbojevic has represented Australia at youth level, and was called up to the senior squad in 2017.

Jake Trbojevic has long been a fan favourite, and is highly rated by many experts. Jake Trbojevic is currently with Melbourne City, and is contracted to the club until 2022. 

Jake Trbojevic is a hard-working and dedicated player, who is always looking to improve. Jake Trbojevic is a regular feature in the Australian team, and is likely to be a key player for the Socceroos in the future. 

Jake Trbojevic is a popular player with the Melbourne City fans, and is highly respected by his team-mates. Jake Trbojevic is a versatile player, who is capable of playing in a number of positions.

29. Harry Grant

Melbourne Storm

Harry Grant Career

  • 2018–: Melbourne Storm
  • 2020(loan): Wests Tigers
  • 2020–22: Queensland
  • 2022: Australia

Harry Grant is a young, up-and-coming hooker who has been rapidly making a name for himself in the Australian rugby league system. 

Harry is a natural ballhandler and has a good understanding of the game, allowing him to make accurate passes and set up tries for his team.

He has also shown great strength in the tackle, often winning ball-ups and making big hits in the middle of the field. 

Harry is a hard worker off the field, putting in long hours in the gym to improve his physique and conditioning. He is still learning a lot about the game and is eager to continue developing his skills.

Harry is a major contender for the Australian national team in the future, and could be a key player for the country in the years to come. 

He is a motivated individual who is looking to achieve his goals and become the best player he can be. Harry is a friendly and down-to-earth person who is always willing to help out his team mates.

He has a bright future ahead of him and is sure to be a mainstay in the Australian rugby league system for many years to come.

30. Kalyn Ponga

Newcastle Knights

Kalyn Ponga Career

  • 2016–17: North Qld Cowboys
  • 2018: Newcastle Knights
  • 2018–22: Queensland
  • 2019–20: Māori All Stars
  • 2019: Australia 9s

Kalyn Ponga is a talented fullback who is looking to make a name for himself in the NRL. Ponga was born in Port Hedland, Western Australia, and played rugby union before switching to rugby league in 2014.

He debuted for the New South Wales Waratahs in 2016, and quickly made a name for himself. Ponga was selected in the New Zealand Kiwis squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, but did not feature in any of the team's matches.

He moved to the Newcastle Knights in 2018, and has since made a huge impact in the NRL. 

Ponga has been awarded the Dally M Rookie of the Year, and was also named in the New Zealand All Stars team for the 2019 ANZAC Test. Ponga is looking to make an impact in the NRL for many years to come.

Kalyn Ponga is a New Zealand international rugby league footballer who has played for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. Ponga was born in Wellington on 30 July 1997. 

Ponga made his NRL debut for the North Queensland Cowboys in the 2016 season. Ponga has represented New Zealand at junior level, and played for the Junior Kiwis in the 2018 World Cup.

Ponga signed a five-year contract with the Cowboys in May 2018. Ponga is a dual New Zealand and Australian citizen. In 2019, Ponga was named in the Australia squad for the 2019 Rugby League World Cup.

 Ponga has been involved in a number of high-profile incidents in the NRL, most notably a tackle on Cameron Smith that resulted in a six-week suspension. Ponga is the son of former rugby league player Kaluki Ponga.

31. Cameron Munster

Melbourne Storm

Cameron Munster Career

  • 2014: Melbourne Storm
  • 2017–22: Queensland
  • 2017–22: Australia

Cameron Munster is a talented Australian rugby league footballer who plays for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL. Cameron Munster was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia in 1994.

At 185 cm tall and weighing in at 89 kg, Cameron Munster is a physically imposing player. 

Cameron Munster first made a name for himself playing for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. In 2016, Cameron Munster signed with the Melbourne Storm and has since become a key member of their side.

Cameron Munster is a hard-working player who is always looking to contribute to the team. Cameron Munster has played for Australia at under-20, under-23 and test level. 

Cameron Munster is set to play an important role for the Melbourne Storm in the upcoming season. Cameron Munster is a talented rugby league footballer who is sure to become a legend in the NRL.

32. Andrew Fifita

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Andrew Fifita

Andrew Fifita is a powerful prop in the NRL. He is a physical player who can really dominate games. Fifita was born in New South Wales, Australia. He started playing rugby league at a young age and quickly became a standout player.

He made his NRL debut in 2009 and has been a mainstay in the Cronulla Sharks team ever since. He has been named the Sharks' Player of the Year four times and is a key part of the team's success. In 2016, Fifita signed with the Gold Coast Titans and has been a major part of their success.

He is a talented rugby league player who is sure to dominate the competition for years to come. Andrew Fifita is an intimidating player on the field and is sure to make an impact in the NRL for years to come. 

Andrew Fifita is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League.

He is a Tongan international and played for Tonga at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. He has played for the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL since 2012. Fifita has also played for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL and for the Tongan national team. 

He has been a part of the Tongan national team since 2010 and has played at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. In 2017, he was named in the Australian Kangaroos squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. 

He is the son of former professional rugby league footballer, Andrew Fifita Sr. In 2018, Fifita was named in the NRL All Stars team. He has been a part of the Wests Tigers since 2010 and is their captain.

33. Billy Slater

Melbourne Storm

Billy Slater Career

  • 2003–18: Melbourne Storm
  • 2004–18: Queensland
  • 2008–17: Australia
  • 2022: Queensland

Billy Slater is an Australian Fullback who has played for the Melbourne Storm, the Brisbane Broncos and the New South Wales State of Origin team. Slater has won multiple honours including the Clive Churchill Medal, the NRL Grand Final MVP Award and the Dally M Medal.

He has also represented Australia at the Rugby League World Cup and the Rugby League World Cup 2007. Slater is a triple premiership winner with the Melbourne Storm (2007, 2010, 2012) and the Brisbane Broncos (2013). 

Slater is also a philanthropist and has raised money for various charities, including the Slater and Gordon Children's Cancer Foundation.

In December 2014, Slater announced his retirement from rugby league. Slater was born in Nambour, Queensland, and attended the local State School. Slater is married to Elle and has two children. Slater is a devout Christian and has spoken about his faith in the media.

34. Junior Paulo

Canberra Raiders

Junior Paulo

Junior Paulo is a prop for the New Zealand All Blacks. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1993. He is 188 cm tall and weighs 123 kg. He started playing rugby at the age of nine.

In 2014, he was part of the New Zealand team that won the Rugby World Cup. He has also played for the Crusaders, the Highlanders, and the Chiefs. He has been called up to the New Zealand All Blacks squad for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

He is a two-time winner of the IRB Player of the Year award. He is married and has a two-year-old daughter. Junior Paulo was born in 2003, and played his junior football with the Parramatta Eels. Paulo made his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels in the 2016 season.

Paulo has represented Samoa at international level on several occasions. Paulo is a hard working player, who is always looking to contribute to his team. 

Paulo is a strong defender, and is capable of making big plays in the backline. Paulo is considered to be a future star of the NRL, and is sure to make an impact on the league in the future.

Paulo is a valuable member of the Parramatta Eels squad, and is a key player for the team. Paulo is a versatile player, and can play a number of positions in the backline. Paulo is a hard worker, and is always looking to improve his game.

35. Patrick Carrigan

Brisbane Broncos

Patrick Carrigan

Patrick Carrigan is a young Australian footballer who plays as a left back for Brisbane Roar. He was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 1 January 1998.

Patrick Carrigan started his football career with the Brisbane Roar Youth Team. Patrick Carrigan made his professional debut for the Brisbane Roar in the 2016–17 season.

Patrick Carrigan has represented Australia at junior international level. Patrick Carrigan is a left back and is known for his attacking play. Patrick Carrigan is a hard-working player who is looking to improve his skills every day.

Patrick Carrigan is a natural left back who is looking to become a first-team regular with the Brisbane Roar. Patrick Carrigan is a promising young footballer who is looking to develop his career further.

36. Isaah Yeo

Penrith Panthers

Isaah Yeo

Isaah Yeo is a rugby league player who plays for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL. He was born in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia and is 195 cm tall and weighs 106 kg.

Yeo started playing rugby league at a young age and was scouted by the Newcastle Knights. In 2017, he made his NRL debut for the Knights and has since played in thirteen games.

Yeo has also represented Australia at international level and played in the 2017 World Cup. He is a fan favourite at the Knights and is known for his hard running and strong tackling.

Yeo is currently contracted to the Knights until the end of the 2020 season. He is a talented footballer and is expected to continue developing in the NRL. Yeo is a strong and physical player who is known for his aggressive play style.

Isaah Yeo is a young and upcoming rugby league player who is currently playing for the Penrith Panthers. Yeo has been a standout player for the Panthers in the past, and has shown great potential for the future. Yeo is a hard-working player who always puts in a effort on the field.

Yeo is a versatile player who is able to play several different positions. Yeo is looking to continue his success with the Panthers in the future. Yeo is a talented player who has a lot of potential to develop further. Yeo is a hard-working player who is looking to improve his skills and game.

Yeo is a player who is looking to make a name for himself in the rugby league world.

37. Cameron Smith

Melbourne Storm

Cameron Smith Career

  • 2002–20: Melbourne Storm
  • 2003–17: Queensland
  • 2006–17: Australia
  • 2010–16: All Stars

Cameron Smith is a rugby league player who has represented New Zealand at international level. He started his career with the Brisbane Broncos before moving to the Melbourne Storm in 2007.

Smith has been a part of the New Zealand team that has won the World Cup twice, and he has also represented his country in the Olympics. Cameron Smith is currently the captain of the Melbourne Storm, and he has also won the Dally M Medal twice.

He has also been involved in controversies, including an incident in which he punched a fan during a game. Smith is a hardworking player who is always looking to improve his game. 

He is a popular player with the Melbourne fans, and he is often seen at social events. Cameron Smith is a good leader, and he is always looking to help his team win. He is a versatile player, and he can play at both the front and the back row.

38. Liam Martin

Penrith Panthers

Liam Martin

Liam Martin is a 25-year-old Australian rugby union player. He plays for the Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition. He was born in Temora, New South Wales and is 183 cm tall.

He has played for the Australian under-20 and under-23 rugby teams. He made his Super Rugby debut in 2016 and has played 25 games so far. He is one of the most promising young players in Australian rugby and is likely to play a major role in the future.

He is a powerful runner and has a good kicking game. He is a hard worker and is always looking to improve his rugby skills. He is a popular player with the Waratahs supporters and is a key member of the team. Liam Martin is a second-row forward with the Penrith Panthers in the NRL.

He made his NRL debut in 2019 and has since played 86 games for the Panthers. Martin has represented Australia at junior level, playing 5 games in the National Youth Competition (NYC) in 2018. 

Martin is a hard-working forward who is looking to continue improving his game. He is a strong player on the ground and is a valuable member of the Penrith side.

Martin is looking to add to his tally of 68 tries in the NRL and continue to play at the highest level. Martin is a popular player with his teammates and is a great role model for young players. 

He is contracted to the Panthers until the end of the 2020 season. Martin is a promising player with a bright future in the NRL.

39. Daniel Tupou

Sydney Roosters

Daniel Tupou

Daniel Tupou was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1991. He played his junior rugby league for the Wests Tigers and then joined the North Sydney Bears before making his NRL debut in 2010.

Tupou has represented Australia at junior level, playing in the Junior Kangaroo Internationals and the Junior World Cup. In 2011, Daniel signed with the Melbourne Storm and made his NRL debut in 2012.

He played for the Storm until the end of the 2017 season, when he joined the Sydney Roosters on a three-year deal. Daniel has also played for the Queensland State of Origin team, and was named in the Australia squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Daniel is a wing and is known for his speed and attacking play. In 2017, Daniel was named the Roosters' player of the year. Daniel is currently contracted to the Sydney Roosters until the end of the 2021 season.

40. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Gold Coast Titans

Tino Fa

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui is a young, talented lock for the Bulldogs. He is a big, physical player who can play both at lock and prop. Fa'asuamaleaui is a promising young player who is still developing his game.

He is a strong, aggressive player who is always looking to make a impact. Fa'asuamaleaui is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game. He is a talented player who has a lot of potential to develop his game further.

He is a strong player who can play an important role for the Bulldogs. Fa'asuamaleaui is a promising young player who has a lot of potential to develop his game further. He is a talented player who has a lot of potential to develop his game further.

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui is a rugby league footballer who plays for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League. Tino was born in Samoa and played his junior rugby league for the Western Suburbs Tigers. Tino made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm in the 2019 season.

Tino has represented Samoa at the international level, playing in the 2019 Rugby League World Cup. Tino is a hard-working forward who is looking to continue his development in the NRL. 

Tino is a physical player who is known for his power and running ability. Tino is a popular member of the Melbourne Storm squad, with his teammates affectionately calling him Tino Time.

Tino is contracted to the Melbourne Storm until the end of the 2022 season. Tino is a dedicated family man, with his wife and two young children keeping him grounded.

41. Tom Trbojevic

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Tom Trbojevic

Tom Trbojevic is a talented young player who is set to make a big impact in the AFL. Trbojevic is a strong midfielder who can win the ball in tight areas and use his pace to create opportunities for himself and his team.

He has impressed in the Australian National Football League (AFL) so far and is now looking to take his game to the next level. Trbojevic is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game. He is a promising young player who is set to make a name for himself in the AFL.

He is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions, making him a valuable asset to any team. Trbojevic is a quiet but determined player who is always looking to improve his performance. 

He is a natural leader and has a great work ethic, which is why he is such a valuable member of any team.

Trbojevic is a veryoyal and team-orientated player who always puts the team first. He is a promising young player who is set to make a big impact in the AFL and is sure to become a fan favourite.

42. David Klemmer

Newcastle Knights

David Klemmer Career

  • 2013–18: Canterbury Bulldogs
  • 2019–22: Newcastle Knights
  • 2023: Wests Tigers
  • 2014–15: NSW City
  • 2014–19: Australia
  • 2015–19: New South Wales
  • 2016–18: Prime Minister's XIII

David Klemmer is a prop and lock for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. Klemmer was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1993. Klemmer began playing rugby league at the age of six.

Klemmer made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters in 2013. Klemmer has represented Australia at international level, playing in the 2013 World Cup and the 2014 Four Nations. Klemmer is a fan favourite with the Sydney Roosters, and is often seen in the crowd at home games.

Klemmer is a solid player who is known for his hard work on the field. Klemmer is married with two children. Klemmer is a prop and lock for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. 

David Klemmer was born on 8 July 1992. Klemmer grew up playing rugby union in New Zealand and represented his country at under-20, under-23, and senior levels.

He moved to Australia in 2013 and played for the Canterbury Bulldogs before joining the Newcastle Knights in 2019. Klemmer was part of the New South Wales side that won the 2017 State of Origin series. 

He made his international debut for Australia in 2014 and has since played 19 Tests and 2 World Cup Qualifiers. Klemmer is a powerful and destructive player who is known for his hard hits.

He has been involved in several off-field controversies, including a sexual assault charge in 2016. Klemmer is a three-time winner of the John Eales Medal (the Rugby League Player of the Year). David Klemmer is one of the most decorated rugby league players of all time.

43. Nate Myles

Queensland Maroons

Nate Myles

Nate Myles is a prop for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. 2. He has played for the Brisbane Broncos since he was drafted in the 2007 NRL season. 3. He has played 115 games for the Broncos, scoring 26 tries.

He has also played for the Queensland State of Origin team, and has won two consecutive titles. He is a Brownlow Medalist, and was named in the Queensland Team of the Year in 2013 and 2014. He has also been named in the Australian Team of the Year on a number of occasions.

He is married to the former Miss Queensland, and they have two children. He is a member of the Brisbane Broncos' leadership group. He is a popular figure in the Broncos' community, and has been involved in a number of charity events. Nate Myles was born in Townsville, Queensland, in 1992.

Nate Myles played for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL from 2010 to 2015. Nate Myles played for the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby from 2014 to 2016. 

Nate Myles signed with the Melbourne Storm for the 2017 NRL season. Nate Myles has played for Australia in the Tri-Nations and World Cup tournaments.

Nate Myles has won two NRL premierships with the Brisbane Broncos and one with the Sydney Roosters. Nate Myles has been described as one of the hardest-hitting forwards in the NRL. Nate Myles has been nominated for the 2018 NRL All Stars team. Nate Myles is a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen.

44. Apisai Koroisau

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Apisai Koroisau

Apisai Koroisau is a talented Australian hooker who has represented his country at both junior and senior levels. Koroisau has represented the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, and has played over 100 matches for the club.

Koroisau has also spent time in the Super League, playing for the Leeds Rhinos. Koroisau is a hardworking player who is always looking to put in a solid performance for his team. Koroisau is a versatile player, able to slot in at hooker or in the second row.

Koroisau is a popular player with his team-mates, and is known for his strong work ethic. Koroisau is looking to continue his career in the NRL, and is currently with the Sydney Roosters. Koroisau is a talented player who is sure to have a long career in the NRL.

Koroisau is a hardworking player who is sure to be a success in the NRL.

45. Paul Green

Paul Green was born on 12 September 1972 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Green played for the Cronulla Sharks for three seasons from 1994 to 1998. He played in a total of 24 matches and scored three tries.

In 1999, Green joined the North Qld Cowboys for the season. He played in seven matches and scored zero tries. Green played for the Sydney Roosters from 2001 to 2002. He played in 20 matches and scored six tries.

Green retired from the NRL in 2002 to focus on his career in rugby league. Green died on 11 August 2022 at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. Green is remembered as one of the greatest halfbacks in the NRL history.

He is fifth on the list of all-time point scorers. Green is the father of two children, one of which is also a professional rugby league player. Paul Green will forever be remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of the NRL.

46. Mitchell Pearce

Newcastle Knights

Mitchell Pearce is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. Pearce has previously played for the Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters.

Pearce has represented New South Wales in State of Origin matches against Queensland since he made his debut in the series in 2010. 

Pearce has won the 2013 and 2016 NRL Premierships with the Sydney Roosters. Pearce has been selected in the Australian Test squad for the 2016 Four Nations and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Pearce is the son of former Australian Test cricketer Terry Pearce. Pearce was born in Sydney, New South Wales, on 17 October 1991. Pearce is a dual international who has represented Australia in international rugby league matches. Pearce is married to model Myleene Klass.

47. Brett Hodgson

Wests Tigers

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson is a fullback who has played for the Wests Tigers in the NRL for 10 seasons. Hodgson has played 147 matches for Western Suburbs, 76 for Parramatta Eels, 103 for the Wests Tigers, and 318 matches in total.

Hodgson is a premiership-winning fullback and has represented Australia in international rugby league. 

Hodgson is a hard-working and dedicated player who is always looking to make a contribution for his team. Hodgson is a popular player with the Wests Tigers supporters, and he is a key member of the team.

Hodgson is a natural leader on the field and is known for his passionate and enthusiastic play. Hodgson is a two-time Dally M fullback of the year and a four-time winner of the John Sattler Medal. 

Hodgson is a former Australian international and is widely considered to be one of the best fullbacks in the NRL. Hodgson is an integral part of the Wests Tigers team and is always looking to help his team win.

48. Luke Bailey

Gold Coast Titans

Luke Bailey

Luke Bailey was born in 1980 in Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia. He played prop for the Sydney Roosters and the Newcastle Knights in the NRL. Luke Bailey is a premiership-winning player and has represented Australia at international level.

In 2017, Luke Bailey was appointed the head coach of the Newcastle Knights. He is married to Rebecca and they have two children. 

Luke Bailey is a successful businessman and has started his own business. Luke Bailey is a highly respected member of the rugby league community and is well-known for his charitable work.

Luke Bailey is an inspiration to others and is known for his strong character. Bailey is a Australian rugby league footballer who has played for the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League. 

Bailey has played for Country NSW and New South Wales in the State of New South Wales, and for Australia from 2002 to 2010.

Bailey has played in the NRL All Stars game on two occasions. Bailey has won the club's 2014 NRL season MVP award. Bailey was born in Sydney, New South Wales on 7 October 1990. Bailey is the younger brother of Australian rugby union player, Michael Bailey. 

Bailey played his junior rugby league for the Wyong Roos before being signed by the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Bailey made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the Sydney Roosters in Round 2 of the 2007 NRL season. Bailey played for the Gold Coast Titans from the 2013 NRL season until the end of the 2017 NRL season.

49. Boyd Cordner

Sydney Roosters

Boyd Cordner

Boyd Cordner is a tall, athletic Australian Rules Football player who was drafted in the first round of the 2013 AFL draft. Cordner is a versatile player who can play in any position on the ground and is strong overhead.

He has had a successful career to date, playing for the Sydney Swans and Making his international debut for Australia in 2012. 

He is a hard working player who is not afraid to put in a hard work in the gym. Cordner is a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand and is well known for his charitable work in his home country.

Cordner is looking forward to a long career in the AFL and is already an important part of the Sydney Swans team. Boyd Cordner was born on the 12th of January, 1992 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 

Cordner is a centre and was first selected for the Sydney Roosters in the 2010 NRL season. He made his international debut for Australia in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and has gone on to make 20 caps.

Cordner is a two-time premiership winner with the Sydney Roosters and was also part of the side that won the 2017 NRL Grand Final. In the 2018 NRL season, Cordner was selected as captain of the Sydney Roosters and led them to their second premiership in three years. 

He has also been a member of the Australian side that won the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. In 2019, Cordner was selected for the Australian squad for the 2019 Rugby League World Cup and helped Australia reach the final.

Cordner is a regular for the Sydney Roosters and was named their Player of the Year in the 2018 NRL season. He is a powerful and skilful centre and is considered one of the best in the NRL.

50. Cooper Cronk

Sydney Roosters

Cooper Cronk Career

  • 2004–17: Melbourne Storm
  • 2018–19: Sydney Roosters
  • 2007–17: Australia
  • 2010–17: Queensland

Cooper Cronk is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. Cronk primarily plays as a halfback.

Cronk made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm in 2004. He spent six seasons with the club before moving to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2009. He spent six seasons with the Cowboys before signing with the Sydney Roosters in 2016.

Cronk has also played for Australia in the World Cup and the European Cup. He has also won the Dally M medal, the Provan-Summons Medal, and the Clive Churchill Medal. 

Cronk is a two-time premiership winner with the Sydney Roosters. He has also won the NRL's Player of the Year Award three times.

Cronk has been named in the Australian Team of the Century and the Queensland Team of the Century. He is also a seven-time Queenslander of the Year.

 In 2018, Cronk was named the Australian of the Year. Cronk is married to Samantha Murphy and has two daughters, Ava and Isla.

Final Words

The State of Origin series is one of the most anticipated sporting events in Australia. Every year, it features some of the best players in the world.

The series has produced some of the greatest players in history, and it is impossible to choose just one best player.

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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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