The all-time nice alphabet groups – Letter R

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Persevering with our seek for the winner of the Alphabet Cup, we now come to the R Workforce.

They’ve some severe strike energy within the three-quarter line, one of the crucial aggressive gamers of all time at half and a ahead pack and bench that may solely be described as exhausting.

1. Mat Rogers

Honours: Dally M rookie of the yr 1995, Dally M consultant participant of the yr 1999, Cronulla crew of the half century
Years lively: 1995–2011
Golf equipment: Cronulla, Gold Coast
Membership video games: 200 (107 tries, 465 targets, 2 subject targets)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 11; QLD: eight.

Earlier than he grew to become Australia’s favorite Survivor – and even earlier than he reached the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars – Mat Rogers was a twin worldwide and a supremely gifted footballer, very practically nearly as good as his father. Rogers moved to the Gold Coast as a toddler and performed for the Australian Schoolboys rugby union crew. However in 1995 Rogers selected rugby league and joined his dad’s outdated membership, Cronulla.

Rogers performed seven seasons for the Sharks and scored over 1000 factors. He held information for many factors in a season and most profession factors on the membership – in all grades; his father owns the first-grade file – and was a part of the Sharks’ 1997 Tremendous League grand ultimate crew, shedding to the Broncos.

Rogers first represented Queensland throughout Tremendous League – he might have represented both state however selected Queensland – and when the competitions got here again collectively in 1998 he established himself within the state and nationwide groups. He was the highest pointscorer on the 2000 World Cup. In all Rogers scored 168 factors for the Kangaroos in solely 11 Assessments. He as soon as scored 4 tries in a Take a look at in opposition to Fiji and in addition kicked 13 targets in a Take a look at in opposition to Papua New Guinea.

His file for Queensland was much less spectacular, profitable just one from 5 State of Origin video games, the spotlight being Rogers scoring all Queensland’s factors, together with a late subject purpose, to win the opening match of the 1999 collection.

Rogers suffered a severe harm throughout the 2000 World Cup that restricted him to just a few video games in 2001. He was then lured to rugby union and performed 45 Assessments for the Wallabies, together with within the 2003 World Cup.

After 5 seasons in rugby union Rogers returned to rugby league for the Gold Coast Titans for his or her inaugural season, by which he topped the try-scoring. He went on to play 4 seasons for the Titans earlier than retiring in 2010. He made a comeback in 2011, but it surely solely lasted one recreation, with a damaged foot pushing Rogers to retirement as soon as once more. Over his profession he scored precisely 100 tries and over 1300 factors.

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2. Albert Rosenfeld

Honours: ARL corridor of fame, British Rugby League corridor of fame
Years lively: 1908-24
Golf equipment: Jap Suburbs, Huddersfield (UK), Wakefield Trinity (UK), Bradford Northern (UK)
All video games: 413 (423 tries, 1281 factors)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 5, NSW: four.
Nickname: ‘Rozzy’.

However for the love of a lady Albert Rosenfeld might have turn into one of the crucial well-known names in Australian rugby league. As an alternative his astonishing profession was performed totally on the freezing fields of Northern England.

Rosenfeld was a rugby league pioneer in Australia and in 1907 performed within the very first rugby league match within the nation for New South Wales in opposition to the touring New Zealand All Golds. In 1908 he additionally performed for Jap Suburbs in opposition to Newtown within the first-ever premiership match in Australia.

Primarily a five-eighth, Rosenfeld performed all three matches in Australia’s first-ever Take a look at collection in opposition to New Zealand. He additionally toured with the first-ever Kangaroos in 1908 – he was not initially picked however was added to the squad after a public outcry – taking part in in a single Take a look at match and 13 different matches on the tour.

Whereas on tour Rosenfeld signed to play with Huddersfield after falling in love with a neighborhood miller’s daughter, who he went on to marry. He went residence to Australia and performed 4 video games for New South Wales in opposition to New Zealand, scoring 4 tries in a single match, earlier than returning to England.

He moved onto the wing along with his new membership and the remaining is historical past.

Rosenfeld grew to become arguably the simplest try-scorer in rugby league historical past – although Brian Bevan could disagree. He broke the world file for tries in a single season with 78 in 1911–12. However to verify it was not a fluke, he bettered it with 80 tries within the following season, a file that also stands greater than 100 years later.

In his Huddersfield years he scored 366 tries from solely 287 matches. He gained 4 Yorkshire County Cups with the membership – a giant deal in these days – scoring a strive in every ultimate, 5 championships and two Problem Cups.

His prime years have been ended by conflict. Rosenfeld enlisted within the British Military and didn’t play between 1916 and 1919 as he noticed motion in Mesopotamia. He by no means fairly reached the identical heights upon his return, though he performed for an additional 5 seasons. On the time of his dying at 85 years outdated Rosenfeld was the final residing unique Kangaroo vacationer.

Rosenfeld is considered one of solely two gamers to be in each the British and Australian rugby league halls of fame. Based on the British historian Robert Gate, “He was the proper operating machine on the finish of a elegant backline.”

Three. Steve Rogers (purpose kicker)

Honours: ARL corridor of fame, NSWRL crew of the century, Rothmans Medal 1975, Dally M Medal, captain of the yr and lock of the yr 1981, Cronulla crew of the half century
Years lively: 1973-86
Golf equipment: Cronulla, St George, Widnes (UK)
Membership video games: 352 (147 tries, 1752 factors)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 24, NSW: 21.
Nickname: ‘Sludge’

That is the second father-son mixture in these groups. Steve Rogers was a supremely gifted pleasure machine at centre for the Sharks, New South Wales and Australia. At consultant stage Rogers shaped an ideal partnership with Mick Cronin with their contrasting kinds – Cronin the strong, robust and intelligent participant and Rogers the silky speedster. They performed 14 Assessments collectively, shedding solely twice.

Rogers was all pace and footwork, however he was additionally an ideal defender, as proven in his later years when he was topped the competitors’s greatest participant in 1981 as a lock ahead.

In one of many nice debut years an 18-year outdated Rogers scored 119 factors for the Sharks, performed of their 1973 grand ultimate loss, performed two video games for New South Wales – scoring a strive in every – and was chosen for the Kangaroo tour, though he didn’t make his Take a look at debut.

Harm ruined his 1974 season, however by 1975 he was entrenched within the New South Wales and Australian groups and gained the Rothmans Medal as the sport’s greatest participant. He was a member of Australia’s World Cup squads in 1975 and 1977 and captained the Sharks of their 1978 grand ultimate draw in opposition to Manly and within the shedding replay.

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Rogers toured with the Kangaroos once more in 1978 and with the 1982 Invincibles, who have been the primary crew to undergo the tour undefeated. In 1981 Rogers captained Australia in opposition to France. Of the 24 Assessments he performed in, Rogers misplaced solely three.

Steve was additionally a prolific pointscorer and held the all-time first-grade file for the Sharks – his son holds the file for all grades – though the presence of Cronin meant he kicked solely 4 targets for Australia.

Rogers spent a few injury-plagued years with St George in 1983 and 1984. On returning to Cronulla he had his jaw damaged after one match and retired from Australian rugby league. He moved to England however broke his leg in his first recreation, which compelled his retirement.

By the way Rogers performed his first senior soccer in Southport and represented Brisbane Seconds, so he ought to have represented Queensland underneath Origin eligibility guidelines.

Reg Gasnier stated, “Class was the phrase that summed him up. That pace and agility, that capacity to learn a recreation so nicely. To me he was within the very high drawer of centre three-quarters. All of these skills put him forward of the others.”

Bob Fulton added, “Sludge was considered one of a really uncommon breed within the recreation – the participant who might do every little thing. I charge him probably the most naturally gifted participant that I performed with or in opposition to. An entire footballer.”

four. Steve Renouf

Honours: ARL corridor of fame nominee 2018, Indigenous crew of the century
Years lively: 1988-2001
Golf equipment: Brisbane, Wigan (UK), Easts Brisbane (QLD)
Membership video games: 242 185 tries)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 11, QLD: 13.
Nickname: ‘Pearl’.

Possessing pure acceleration, a cracking fend and the most effective swerves within the enterprise, the Pearl was a pleasure to look at. He had three standout moments in a profession crammed with them: that 90-metre grand ultimate strive in 1992, getting on the skin of his man by way of a elegant Kevin Walters move to win the 1992 World Cup and his 20-metre burst of acceleration that allowed Queensland to attain the ‘miracle’ strive in Sport 1 of the 1994 Origin collection.

Renouf was additionally a member of the Broncos crew that gained the 1992 World Membership Problem, the primary Australian crew to win in England, and defended its premiership in 1993. He scored 23 tries within the 1994 season and later scored a hat-trick in Brisbane’s 1997 Tremendous League grand ultimate victory. An extra title in 1998 made it 4 in his profession.

In all he crossed 142 instances for Brisbane from simply 183 appearances. Add his 43 tries from 59 video games at Wigan and his consultant file and Renouf scored 203 profession tries. Renouf scored 4 tries in a match 5 instances and topped ten tries in a season eight years in a row.

Renouf completed his profession within the UK with Wigan, serving to the membership to again to again championship grand finals. On his return to Australia he joined Darren Smith in taking part in within the Brisbane competitors for Easts.

Roy Masters stated, “Renouf was a rugby league centre who ran with such pace, grace and élan that you just sensed that is how God desires soccer to be performed.”

5. John Ribot de Bresac

Honours: Dally M winger of the yr 1980 and 1982
Years lively: 1973-85
Golf equipment: Valleys (QLD), Wests Brisbane (QLD), Newtown, Western Suburbs, Manly, Redcliffe (QLD)
Membership video games (excluding Wests Brisbane and Valleys) 157 (91 tries, 46 targets)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 9, QLD: 10, NSW: 2

John Ribot is healthier generally known as the administrator who was a driving power in establishing the Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm and Tremendous League. However earlier than all that Ribot was an achieved winger within the Queensland and New South Wales membership competitions who represented each states and Australia.

Ribot performed for plenty of years within the Brisbane competitors for Valleys after which Wests, the place he gained the premiership in 1976, and represented Queensland in 1977 as a lock. He was additionally a purpose kicker in that collection, however he was spectacularly unsuccessful, kicking two targets from 12 makes an attempt throughout the 2 matches, the second of which was misplaced by a single level.

Ribot moved to Newtown, and though he was chosen for Metropolis and for New South Wales within the second row, the change didn’t take and he returned to Queensland. He then was picked up by the Wests Magpies, who turned him right into a winger. The transfer was a hit, with Ribot being the competitors’s high strive scorer in 1980. In 1981 Ribot returned to the NSW facet and made his debut for Australia in opposition to France.

In 1982 Ribot moved to Manly and made his State of Origin debut for Queensland, scoring in every of his first two matches, in addition to taking part in for Australia in opposition to New Zealand. He performed in Manly’s grand ultimate loss to Parramatta and was chosen for the 1982 Kangaroo tour as one of many Invincibles.

Ribot scored 20 tries for Manly in 1983, however after the Sea Eagles once more misplaced the grand ultimate to Parramatta he returned to Queensland and performed for Redcliffe, profitable the QRL press participant of the yr in 1985. He continued to play for Queensland and Australia, and maybe his best second was scoring a strive within the second Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand in 1985 to save lots of Australia from defeat. In all Ribot scored 9 tries in 9 Assessments, together with 4 in a single match in opposition to Papua New Guinea in 1982.

Ribot scored nicely over 100 tries in all competitions throughout his profession.

6. Geoff Richardson

Years lively: 1974-76
Golf equipment: Wests Brisbane (QLD)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 2

Geoff Richardson performed 9 Assessments for the Wallabies at flyhalf, together with as captain in a single minor match, earlier than transferring to rugby league and changing into a twin worldwide. Richardson switched in 1974 and had an instantaneous impression. The usually outmatched Queensland facet managed to attract with New South Wales in two of the three interstate matches that yr.

Richardson additionally performed for the Mixed Brisbane facet that defeated the touring Nice Britain facet 20-15 and the Queensland crew that misplaced to the British by a single level. In consequence, Richardson performed the primary two Assessments in opposition to the touring British. After a loss within the second Take a look at his place was taken by Tim Pickup.

In 1975 Queensland gained the primary interstate match of the collection in opposition to New South Wales, making them undefeated in three video games throughout 1974 and 1975. The win was Queensland’s final earlier than State of Origin 5 years later. They misplaced the decider and the collection that yr by a single level. This extraordinarily aggressive state crew have been paid $50 per recreation, in comparison with $30,000 for the present squad. The Queensland crew had been promised a visit to Fiji in the event that they gained the 1975 collection, however as an alternative they misplaced by a degree within the decider and acquired a pair of seaside towels.

Richardson scored an intercept strive within the 1975 collection. In an interview with the Every day Telegraph in 2015 he stated, “Artie turned his again and appeared to pop the ball to Bob Fulton and I acquired between them and ran 50m to attain.

Individuals would say to me that they didn’t know I used to be that quick and I’d say, ‘For those who had half the NSW crew chasing you you’d run fairly quick too’.”

Richardson’s pinpoint kicking recreation was a revelation within the Brisbane competitors. In his three years at Wests Panthers within the Brisbane competitors, Richardson gained the 1975 and 1976 premierships, the second gained by the odd rating of 16-1. Sadly for rugby league, he retired at simply 27 to pursue his educating profession, which he did for 46 years. Richardson was named within the BRL Workforce of the 1970s.

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7. Tom Raudonikis, OAM

Honours: ARL corridor of fame, NSW Sports activities corridor of fame, Wests Magpies and Wests Tigers groups of the century, Order of Australia Medal
Years lively: 1969-83
Golf equipment: Western Suburbs, Newtown, Brothers Brisbane (QLD)
All video games: 403 (79 tries)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 29, NSW: 24.
Nickname: ‘Tommy Terrific’.

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The person with the raspy voice, Tommy Raudonikis was the primary alternative halfback for New South Wales and Australia by means of the 1970s. A particularly rugged competitor, Raudonikis noticed off all challenges all through his profession and at last reached a grand ultimate with the Jets in 1981, falling to Parramatta regardless of a standout efficiency, together with an ideal solo strive. His tough-guy persona masked a formidable expertise, with nice imaginative and prescient and organising capacity.

Raudonikis gained a Rothmans Medal because the competitors’s greatest participant in 1972. He went on two Kangaroo excursions in 1973 and 1978, participated within the 1975 and 1977 World Cups and captained Australia in two Assessments, together with the third and deciding Take a look at on the 1973 Kangaroo tour, gained by the Australians. He performed for Australia in yearly from 1972 to 1980.

At state stage Raudonikis represented 24 instances, together with captaining the Blues within the first-ever State of Origin match in 1980.

Raudonikis was well-known for his rivalries with Steve Mortimer and with Greg Oliphant – and, nicely everybody actually – fronting as much as the latter in a boxing match for charity.

At membership stage Raudonikis was instrumental in turning Wests from a weak facet to 1 that frequently made finals soccer, with a ‘Fibros’ picture as a restricted however robust, pushed crew. On transferring to Newtown, he was in a position to flip the struggling membership from a decrease desk crew to 1 that made a grand ultimate. He was captain of Wests or Newtown from 1971 to 1982.

Raudonikis can be well-known for laying into Greg Oliphant in an interstate match whereas the latter was being attended on the sideline. He was additionally outed by rugby league Week in 1975 as ‘The Phantom Biter’.

Greg Oliphant stated, “There have been faster and extra skilful halfbacks round than Tommy, however none smarter or harder.”

eight. Steve Roach

Honours: ARL corridor of fame; Dally M prop of the yr 1984, 1986 and 1989; NSW Nation crew of the century; Wests Tigers crew of the century
Years lively: 1982-92
Golf equipment: Balmain, Warrington (UK)
All video games: 287 (24 tries)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 19, NSW 17
Nickname: ‘Blocker’
Roy and HG nickname: ‘Blockhead’

Steve Roach is one other whose larger-than-life persona has overshadowed to some extent what an ideal participant he was. Roach was the main prop within the recreation within the late 1980s, who might combine toughness and sturdiness with silky ball expertise.

Roach was a mainstay for New South Wales within the 1980s and into the 1990s, a spotlight being the 1986 first-ever State of Origin clear sweep.

Roach was first chosen for Australia in 1985 and scored a strive on debut in opposition to New Zealand. He was the first-choice prop from then on barring accidents, which lower quick his 1986 Kangaroo tour and led to him lacking a lot of the 1987 season.

Common hassle with match officers noticed him ignored for the 1989 Origin collection, however he was nonetheless picked for Australia in opposition to New Zealand. In 1990 harm and suspension – the latter for patting referee Eddie Ward on the pinnacle – prevented extra New South Wales appearances, however he performed all Assessments on the 1990 Kangaroo tour. Australia solely misplaced three matches with Roach within the crew.

For Balmain, Roach was a part of one of many nice fashionable packs, together with Wayne Pearce, Paul Sironen and Benny Elias. The crew reached back-to-back grand finals in 1988 and 1989 however did not win the premiership. They got here agonisingly shut in 1989 and Roach and Sironen have been trying on from the bench, having been changed, as Canberra scored a late equaliser after which gained in additional time. Roach additionally missed the 1988 grand ultimate as a result of suspension regardless of a late bid to serve his ban in England and return for the sport.

Roach, in response to Period of the Biff, stated, “I simply did issues on the spur of the second. If I had a minute to cease and suppose I in all probability wouldn’t have finished a variety of them. However I by no means gouged or bit or kicked anybody – I by no means did something I used to be ashamed of.”

9. Billy Rayner

Honours: Parramatta corridor of fame
Years lively: 1956-67
Golf equipment: Parramatta
Membership video games: 203 (6 tries)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 2, NSW: 2.
Nickname: Spaceman.

Billy Rayner was a Parramatta stalwart who performed over 200 video games for the membership, and I’m fairly positive he would be the solely participant on these lists to have gained six wood spoons in row, which occurred in his first six years on the membership. Initially from Yass, Rayner was noticed representing Monaro in opposition to the touring Nice Britain facet in 1955.

Along with his two interstate matches and two Assessments in opposition to France in 1960, Rayner was chosen within the 1960 World Cup squad – however he didn’t play any matches– and performed for a Remainder of the World crew in opposition to Nice Britain. Additional alternatives have been restricted taking part in in an period alongside Noel Kelly, Ian Walsh and Ken Kearney.

Rayner did know a factor or two about scrums again within the day when profitable the scrums meant one thing. In 1962 Rayner spanked Noel Kelly 23-9 within the scrums in Parramatta’s first semi-final look and a pissed off Kelly ended up getting despatched off for punching in a scrum with a couple of minutes to go. Regardless of this dominance the Eels misplaced the match 6-Zero.

10. Ian Roberts

Honours: Dally M prop of the yr 1987, 1993 and 1994; South Sydney dream crew
Years lively: 1986-98
Golf equipment: South Sydney, Wigan (UK), Manly, North QLD
Membership video games: 213 (15 tries)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 13, NSW: 11.

This was an especially tight contest, and once you get to the bench you will notice why, however Ian Roberts will get it as one of many hardest most underrated props I ever noticed.

Roberts started with three finals collection in 4 years on the South Sydney and was described by Jack Gibson as one of the best entrance rower within the recreation.

Roberts got here of age with Manly, profitable New South Wales and Australian choice, though he missed the 1990 Kangaroo tour by means of harm. He shaped a fearsome New South Wales front-row mixture with Steve Roach after which with Glenn Lazarus, profitable three from 4 Origin collection within the early 1990s. Till Roach retired, Lazarus needed to be content material with a bench spot behind Roberts. At worldwide stage Roberts represented 13 instances shedding solely twice, together with touring with the 1994 Kangaroos.

Roberts was at instances restricted by harm – he solely performed 20 video games in a season twice, in his first two years at Souths – and he missed Manly’s 1996 grand ultimate victory. Regardless of this he performed in seven finals collection in his first 11 years, lacking an additional two by means of harm, together with Manly’s 1995 grand ultimate loss to Canterbury. He was named the competitors’s greatest prop on three events.

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Roberts sat out the 1996 season and joined North Queensland throughout Tremendous League. He performed a ultimate two seasons as captain there earlier than accidents and time caught up with him.

After his profession Roberts graduated from the Nationwide Institute of Dramatic Artwork in 2003 and had minor performing roles in Star Wars: Episode II – Assault of the Clones and Superman Returns.

Ian Roberts in action for Australia

Ian Roberts (Anton Need/Getty Photos)

11. Rod Reddy

Honours: ARL corridor of fame 2018 nominee
Years lively: 1972-89
Golf equipment: Brothers Rockhampton (QLD), St George, Illawarra, Barrow (UK)
Membership video games (NSWRL): 237 (66 tries, 1 purpose)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 17, NSW: 13, QLD: 1.
Nickname: ‘Rocket’

The ‘Rockhampton Rocket’ got here to St George from Rockhampton Brothers as an 18-year-old centre, the place he was named of their crew of the century together with Duncan Corridor, and Reddy retained these attacking instincts and pace when he moved to the again row. However he was additionally an enforcer within the outdated type. He was a star of the 1977 Bathtub’s Babes crew that gained the premiership after a drawn grand ultimate in opposition to Parramatta. Within the grand ultimate replay Reddy went ballistic and his brutal play contributed to the Dragons complete victory.

Reddy was picked for the 1977 World Cup and toured with the 1978 Kangaroos, the place he was man of the match within the first Take a look at in opposition to Nice Britain. Reddy once more placed on an old-school show of brutality within the 1979 grand ultimate as St George defeated Canterbury. He represented Australia within the Three-Zero Ashes clear sweep that yr, scoring tries in every of the ultimate two Assessments.

Reddy represented New South Wales 11 instances for 11 wins earlier than attending to symbolize Queensland within the first State of Origin match in 1980. He by no means misplaced a state match.

Regardless of not representing at state stage since 1980, Reddy was chosen for the 1982 Kangaroo tour and performed in all three Assessments in opposition to Nice Britain earlier than a ultimate look in opposition to France. After over 200 video games for the Dragons Reddy switched to the Illawarra Steelers in 1984 and performed two seasons with the membership earlier than ending his profession as captain-coach of English membership Barrow.

From esteemed Roar skilled Matt Cleary: “I performed golf with an outdated North Sydney Bear as soon as, Johnny Adam, who instructed me in his debut recreation, Rocket gave him an actual going over in a sort out – elbows, head butts, the works. Not so unusual, you suppose, given the instances? Maybe. Besides Rocket had the ball.”

12. Jack Rayner (captain)

Honours: South Sydney’s dream crew coach, Souths corridor of fame.
Years lively: 1946-57
Golf equipment: Souths
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 5, NSW: 16.

This can be a contentious resolution. There are different candidates who could have had higher consultant careers, however Jack Rayner makes the squad and is captain as a result of his stellar management profession with South Sydney.

After serving in Papua New Guinea in World Struggle II, Rayner performed 12 seasons for the Rabbitohs from 1946 and led the crew to 5 premierships within the 1950s. He was captain of the crew for ten years and captain-coach for eight regardless of the presence of the nationwide captain, Immortal Clive Churchill within the crew. First appointed captain in 1947, Rayner led the Rabbitohs to the grand ultimate for seven years straight from 1949 to 1955, profitable 5. His 5 premierships as captain is a file solely matched by St George’s Ken Kearney. On the time of his retirement Rayner held the file for many video games for the membership.

Rayner first represented New South Wales in 1947 and the next yr performed for Australia in opposition to New Zealand, scoring a strive on debut, and in opposition to England on the Kangaroo tour. He had made his ultimate worldwide look by 1949 as newer gamers got here alongside, resembling Norm Provan and Kel O’Shea, though he was introduced again to play for New South Wales in 1954.

In True Blue Clive Churchill stated of Rayner, “He was an excellent tactician. I by no means noticed a greater ahead in cowl defence on the blind facet than Rayner. Jack was the crankiest ahead I performed with however what a grand fellow he was.”

Old and recent Rugby League greats (L-R:) Reg Gasnier, Laurie Daly, Jack Rayner, Gary Inglis and John Raper pose for photographs at the National Museum in Canberra, Monday, Nov. 27, 2006. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt)

Left to proper: Reg Gasnier, Laurie Daly, Jack Rayner, Gary Inglis and John Raper (AAP Picture/Alan Porritt)

13. John Raper, MBE

Honours: Rugby league Immortal, ARL corridor of fame, ARL crew of the century, NSWRL crew of the century, Australian Sports activities corridor of fame legend, NSW Sports activities corridor of fame legend, NSWRL participant of the yr 1961 and 1965
Years lively: 1957-74
Golf equipment: Newtown, St George, Wests Newcastle, Kurri Kurri (NSW)
All video games: 377 (96 tries, 298 factors)
Consultant profession:: Assessments: 39, NSW 24
Nickname: ‘Chook’

Locking the scrum for the Rs is the participant many think about to be one of the best of all, Johnny Raper. Raper gained eight premierships in a row with the well-known St George crew of the 1960s and was additionally the mainstay of the Australian crew that took the ascendancy from the British. A copybook tackler and good cowl defender, Raper additionally had unmatched recreation consciousness, endurance and depth.

After a single season at Newtown throughout which he represented Sydney Colts in opposition to the touring British, Raper moved to the Dragons and instantly stood aside even in that crew of stars. In 1959 Raper represented New South Wales, Australia in opposition to New Zealand, toured with the Kangaroos and starred as St George gained the premiership undefeated.

Raper made three Kangaroo excursions and was captain of Australia’s 1968 victorious World Cup crew. His recreation within the 1963 ‘Swinton bloodbath’ is taken into account one of many biggest of all time. Australia gained the match 50-12 to win the Ashes in Britain for the primary time in 50 years, and Raper had a hand in 9 of the 12 Kangaroos tries.

Frank Hyde stated, “When Johnny Raper was born, they not solely destroyed the mould, they pulped it. I charge him the best footballer I’ve seen.”


14. Elton Rasmussen
Mackay (QLD), Toowoomba (QLD), St George, Souths Brisbane; 1959-69; Assessments: 19, QLD: 13, NSW: 7
Prop or second row. Two-time Kangaroo vacationer and winner of 5 grand finals with the Dragons.

15. Terry Randall
Manly; 1970-82; Assessments: 11, NSW: 13; nickname: ‘Igor’
Second row. One of many hardest tacklers of his period. 4-time grand ultimate winner.

16. Mal Reilly
Manly, Castleford (UK); 1970-80; Take a look at: 9 (UK)
Prop. Famend British exhausting man who starred for Britain within the 1970 Ashes win and have become a Manly enforcer profitable two grand finals.

17. Matthew Ridge
Manly, Auckland; 1990-99; Assessments: 25 (NZ)
Fullback. Prolific pointscoring rugby union convert. Received the 1996 grand ultimate with Manly and holds the information for many factors in a match and in a season on the membership.

Honourable mentions

Kevin ‘Kandos’ Ryan (Prop; two Assessments; twin worldwide; seven premierships in a row for St George, then captained Canterbury to finish the Dragons 11-year reign), Andrew Ryan (second row; 11 Assessments) and Semi Radradra (wing; one check).

And there you may have the R Workforce. No-one will wish to take them on the forwards and so they have class to burn out broad.

Subsequent time we take a look at Workforce S, a intelligent crew with some severe halfback depth.

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