New South Wales team of the century 2.0

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By BigJ, BigJ is a Roar Guru

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    After naming my updated Queensland State of Origin team of the century last week, it’s time to check out the Blues’ best 18 players since 1980.

    Given the team of the century was named in 2008, this allows us to look at an updated version.

    1. Fullback – Jarryd Hayne
    The Hayne plane is one of the best fullbacks of all time. The Dally M Medal winner left for the NFL then came back to the NRL and although his 2017 hasn’t been his best year, he deserves his spot here.

    2. Winger – Eric Grothe Senior
    On of the best wingers to ever lace up a boot, Grothe Snr was so entertaining to watch. A must have for this team.

    3. Centre – Andrew Ettingshausen
    You can’t have a Blues backline without ET, the centre of a generation and one of the Sharks’ and Blues’ best players. Never seen anybody like him before or since.

    4. Centre- Steve Rogers
    If you can’t have a team without ET then you definitely need Rogers right there by his side, this would be the best centre pairing that NSW could produce and place a firm spine in the backline.

    5. Winger – Micheal O’Connor
    Still holds the record for top-scoring Blue (129) and try-scorer (11). I can remember a couple of times where O’Connor stole the game from Queensland with the kick of his boot.

    6. Five-eighth – Brett Kenny
    If not for Wally Lewis, he was the best five-eighth of all time. The way Kenny could control the game and take charge of the field was majestic.

    7. Halfback – Peter Sterling
    Recently, Roarer Judge Holden, in his piece Judgement time: The ten best halves partnerships in rugby league history rated Sterling and Kenny at number two as the best halves pairing of all time.

    I agree with this and place these two together for the NSW team of the century. Sterling is the best halfback of his time is probably within the top three of all time, so he definitely has to be in this 17.

    Peter Sterling

    (Bidgee / Wikimedia Commons)

    8. Prop – Glenn Lazarus
    Leading up front is Lazarus, not only was he great for the Raiders, Broncos and Storm but he was a fantastic and reliable prop for the Blues.

    9. Hooker – Andrew Johns
    Now, I was going to go with Benny Elias as hooker, but Joey has played there for the Blues – why not have an Immortal in the run-on side? Joey can combine with halves Sterling and Kenny, which will only add strength to the side.

    10. Prop – Paul Harragon
    ‘The Chief’ is potentially most consistent player in New South Wales history and needs his spot in the front row. Harragon played 20 games in a row for NSW, leading the charge up front.

    11. Second Row – Paul Sironen
    Can’t have this team without Big Siro. A hard man who is a NSW legend. One of the best second rowers in the late 80s and early 90s that still sets the standard for today’s players.

    12. Second Row – Mark Carroll
    NSW has had their share of big men over the years and ‘Spud was’ definitely one of those hard-hitting big men. Not afraid to put his body on the line, Carroll is the perfect addition to a huge front line for NSW.

    13. Lock – Paul Gallen (c)
    To round up the best pack that NSW has to offer, Gallen also has the honour of leading the Blues out onto the field.

    Paul Gallen takes up the ball in Origin 2

    (Photo: AAP)

    14. Interchange – Brad Fittler
    The most capped player for NSW has to have his spot as a utility player. Fittler can pretty much slot in anywhere in the halves or backline.

    15. Interchange – Steve Roach
    A perfect replacement for the front row, Roach could easily fit into any position in the scrum. He gave it all for the Blues and deservedly gets a place in this side.

    16. Interchange – Paul McGregor
    A man that could easily replace ET or Rogers in the centres and keep things going strong in the back line.

    17. Interchange – Ian Roberts
    Another big man who could easily fit into the front or second row without any problems, Roberts was a reliable player and a hard hitter.

    18. Reserve – Robbie Farah
    Farah is a player that could be brought into the team as a second hooker or halfback and has been at the forefront of the Blues for a decade.

    As with the Queensland list, let’s round it out with the top ten.
    10. Andrew Ettinghausen
    9. Michael O’Connor
    8. Paul Harragon
    7. Glenn Lazarus
    6. Steve Rogers
    5. Brett Kenny
    4. Jarryd Hayne
    3. Brad Fittler
    2. Peter Sterling
    1. Andrew Johns

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    The Crowd Says (76)

    • May 18th 2017 @ 3:32am
      jeff dustby said | May 18th 2017 @ 3:32am | ! Report

      you forgot about greg inglis 🙂

      • Roar Guru

        May 18th 2017 @ 6:29am
        BigJ said | May 18th 2017 @ 6:29am | ! Report

        ha ha dont give u your day job in an attempt to be a comedian. By your logic Sterling is another QLD great.

        • Roar Guru

          May 18th 2017 @ 8:37am
          Magnus M. Østergaard said | May 18th 2017 @ 8:37am | ! Report

          Not exactly. By current eligibility rules, both qualify for NSW and neither for QLD

          • Roar Guru

            May 18th 2017 @ 8:57am
            BigJ said | May 18th 2017 @ 8:57am | ! Report

            hey mate how are you, I wont worry about the eligibility rules at the moment, they will most likely change again next week.

            • May 18th 2017 @ 9:16am
              KenW said | May 18th 2017 @ 9:16am | ! Report

              Under any eligibility rules ever used in Origin both only qualify for NSW.

              Enjoyed the write-up BigJ, but I can never let that one slip….

    • May 18th 2017 @ 4:00am
      Sammy said | May 18th 2017 @ 4:00am | ! Report

      Bradley Clyde and Laurie Daley deserve a spot on the bench.

      • Roar Guru

        May 18th 2017 @ 6:18am
        BigJ said | May 18th 2017 @ 6:18am | ! Report

        I was wtaching NRL 360 last night and they had the then v now segment with Clyde v Burgees and of course Clyde won animously, Paul Kent aslo saidd that Clyde is often forgetten when talking about legends, I totally forgot about Clyde and should of slotted him in, instead of Ian Roberts. So Clyde in Roberts to 18 and Farrah out.

    • Roar Rookie

      May 18th 2017 @ 4:14am
      William Dalton Davis said | May 18th 2017 @ 4:14am | ! Report

      Jarryd Hayne the greatest NSW fullback since 1980? What are you on, and can you get me some? The guy can’t even hold on to his fullback spot at the titans let alone NSW or Australia. Also Robbie Farah 18th man? Over guys like Elias, Daley and Stuart?

      • Roar Guru

        May 18th 2017 @ 6:21am
        BigJ said | May 18th 2017 @ 6:21am | ! Report

        Since his return he has not been that great but in his early days he was one of the best. He has won two DAlly M Medals, he must of done something right.

        • Roar Rookie

          May 18th 2017 @ 10:30pm
          Jeff Cook said | May 18th 2017 @ 10:30pm | ! Report

          Good list , thank you. If we are taking about service to NSW, not league in general . Hayne go`s
          in comes Gary Jack or Tim Brasher.

    • May 18th 2017 @ 5:34am
      Rabbit said | May 18th 2017 @ 5:34am | ! Report

      Brad Clyde has to be the second forward picked after Lazarus the two best forwards NSW have had

      • Roar Guru

        May 18th 2017 @ 6:22am
        BigJ said | May 18th 2017 @ 6:22am | ! Report

        Im a little mad at myself i left Clyde out.

    • May 18th 2017 @ 7:16am
      Clyde said | May 18th 2017 @ 7:16am | ! Report

      1. Hayne
      2. Ettinghausen
      3. Daley (c)
      4. Fittler
      5. O’Connor
      6. Kenny
      7. Sterling
      8. Lazarus
      9. Buderus
      10. Harrogan
      11. Sironen
      12. Clyde
      13. Pearce

      14. Johns
      15. Roach
      16. Roberts
      17. Carroll

      18. Menzies

      • May 19th 2017 @ 3:37pm
        McNaulty said | May 19th 2017 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

        Replace Pearce with Ben Kennedy and I like it.

    • Roar Guru

      May 18th 2017 @ 7:46am
      BigJ said | May 18th 2017 @ 7:46am | ! Report

      fair list like it

      • May 18th 2017 @ 5:23pm
        Madrid john said | May 18th 2017 @ 5:23pm | ! Report

        I’m a QLDer and I was furious you over looked Clyde. Damn, and I wanted an irrational rant too. Good list Big J.

        • Roar Guru

          May 19th 2017 @ 10:18am
          BigJ said | May 19th 2017 @ 10:18am | ! Report

          Sorry mate, next time, check out the QLD list and tell me what you think

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