Australian Rugby League's Team of the Century

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In late 2007, the Australian Rugby League and National Rugby League commissioned a college of 130 experts to select the 100 best rugby league players in the game's 100-year history in Australia. The list was released in February 2008.

From this list a "Team of the Century" was selected – a team of 17 Australian players considered to be the best of all time in each position (plus four interchange/reserves and a coach). This illustrious line-up was announced in Sydney on 17 April 2008.[1]

No. Name Position Clubs State Era Highest Representative Honours
1. Clive Churchill Fullback Central Newcastle, South Sydney,
Brisbane Norths
NSW 1946–61 37 Test & World Cup matches
24 as captain
2. Brian Bevan Brian Bevan Statue.jpg Wing Eastern Suburbs, Warrington, Blackpool Borough NSW 1942-1964 16 Int'ls for Other Nationalities
3. Reg Gasnier Centre St George NSW 1957–69 39 Test & World Cup matches
8 as captain
4. Mal Meninga Mal Meninga (10 July 2008, Canberra).jpg Centre Souths Brisbane, St. Helens, Canberra Raiders QLD 1978–94 46 Test & World Cup matches
23 as captain
5. Ken Irvine Wing North Sydney, Manly-Warringah NSW 1958–73 35 Test matches
6. Wally Lewis Wally Lewis (29 April 2004, Brisbane).jpg Five-eighth Brisbane Valleys, Wakefield Trinity, Wynnum-Manly,
Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Seagulls
QLD 1978–92 34 Test & World Cup matches
24 as captain
7. Andrew Johns Andrew Johns (3036005352).jpg Halfback Newcastle, Warrington NSW 1993–2007 27 Test & World Cup matches
2 as captain
8. Arthur Beetson Arthur Beetson (26 October 2008).jpg Prop Roma Cities, Redcliffe, Balmain,
Eastern Suburbs, Parramatta, Hull Kingston Rovers
QLD 1963–80 28 Test & World Cup matches
8 as captain
9. Noel Kelly Hooker Ipswich Brothers, Ayr
Western Suburbs, Wollongong
QLD 1958–70 25 Test & World Cup matches
10. Duncan Hall Duncan Hall (1952, Sydney).jpg Prop Brisbane Valleys, Newtown Toowoomba
Home Hill, Brisbane Wests
QLD 1948–57 22 Test matches
11. Norm Provan Second-row St George NSW 1951–65 25 Test & World Cup matches
12. Ron Coote Second-row South Sydney, Eastern Suburbs NSW 1964–78 23 Test & World Cup matches
3 as captain
13. Johnny Raper Johnny Raper.jpg Lock Newtown, St George, Wests Newcastle,
Kurri Kurri
NSW 1957–69 39 Test & World Cup matches
8 as captain
14. Graeme Langlands Interchange Wollongong, St George NSW 1959–76 45 Test & World Cup matches
15 as captain
15. Dally Messenger Dally Messenger - 1930 - rugby league player.jpg Interchange Eastern Suburbs NSW 1908–13 7 Test matches
3 as captain
16. Bob Fulton Interchange Wests Wollongong, Manly-Warringah, Eastern Suburbs NSW 1966–79 35 Test & World Cup matches
7 as captain
17. Frank Burge Frank Burge.jpg Interchange Glebe, Grenfell, St George NSW 1911–27 13 Test matches
Jack Gibson Coach Eastern Suburbs, St George, Newtown
South Sydney, Parramatta, Cronulla-Sutherland
NSW 1967–87 6 State of Origin matches

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  1. ^ Todd Balym (2008-04-17). "Johns, Meninga among Immortals". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 2008-04-17.