A panel has unveiled the official list of Australia's rugby league's 100 greatest players over the weekend.
In all 39 Test or World Cup captains were named in the group, along with 27 premiership captains, 84 NSW representatives and 30 Queenslanders. While modern-day greats Darren Lockyer, Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns were honoured, so too were the game's pioneers such as Dally Messenger, Chris McKivat and Sandy Pearce. Eleven members of the St George sides that won 11 straight premierships were named, while players whose most prominent years were served in England such as Albert Rosenfeld, Vic Hey, Arthur Clues and Brian Bevan were also recognised. Darren Lockyer is the only current player to have made the list, and one of just six to have played since 2000.
Selections were made by the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame Voting College, with the 36 players already inducted into the hall of fame automatically included on the list.
The top 100 list was released on 22 February 2008 and appeared on the smh.com.au website.
The 100 GREATEST (in alphabetical order)
Vic ARMBRUSTER, Jack BEATON, Cec BLINKHORN, Dave BROWN, Frank BURGE, Joe Like