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Life Long Brisbane Rugby League supporter, first Redcliffe and now Broncos. also a mad cricket follower and casual everything else follower.

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Hobbs is still in the argument to be England’s greatest ever batsman, so he’s the one for me here.

In my team I had Hobbs and Morris, so it looks like I’m a bit out of touch with the consensus.

Pick The Roar's greatest Ashes XI of all time: Jack Hobbs vs Herbert Sutcliffe

Don’t forget the Belarus Premier League

It’s time for rugby league and Channel Nine to part ways

I remember watching the whole 2+ hours with the whole family

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

Never beaten in competition. What an athlete.

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

His win over the Kenyans and Tanzanians in the 1982 Commonwealth games in Brisbane was huge as well.

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

Because there are one or two in the 10 that relate to AFL? In that criteria it’s a sailing article

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

Chris you accused the author of being paid to put in an entry onto his list, purely because it wouldn’t be on your list.

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

Very very odd. Why wouldn’t they raise their concerns behind closed doors?

Nine blasts NRL management in extraordinary statement

How did you miss Alfie Langer and the Walters boys singing “Hey, Hey We’re the Broncos”? It doesn;t get better than that! 😛

Australia's best sporting songs

So it looks like they are ranked two and three, which removes the chance for them to be selected. Does this mean Arthur Morris didn’t even make the shortlist? Sacrilege!

Pick The Roar's greatest Ashes XI of all time: Matthew Hayden vs Len Hutton

Sometimes it’s the unexpected that captures the imagination. Chloe Esposito winning the modern pentathlon in the 2016 Olympics was a great moment for mine

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

Also, how has no one mentioned Cliff Young shuffling his way to victory in the ultra marathon!

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

It’s funny how time changes. If you did this list pre world war II, chances are local rowing and cycling champions would be high up the list.

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

It’s a great moment no in hindsight, although at the time I doubt it was very well known to the general public.

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

He was sick, he was struggling and out of form, he had no right to win that event and he went out super fast to just say “stuff it” and tried to hang on. It was absolutely inspirational. Greatness in sport is not always the best statistic, sometimes it’s triumph over adversity.

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

Yes but you are sharing an opinion accusing the author of dishonesty … in a personal list no less.

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

This is so very personal and difficult. All in all most people only have a problem with two or three from your list, so good effort. There have been many other valuable additions below the line as well, so I won’t repeat them. For me I would add in no particular order:

1. 1980 first State of Origin. For a Queenslander that was a watershed moment
2. 1999 cricket World Cup semi-final tie vs South Africa. I remember going absolutely bonkers
3. 1961 (I think). The Tied Test. This was back when cricket was a truly national past time and it’s like has rarely been seen again.
4. Tracey Wickham and Raelene Boyle winning in the 1982 commonwealth Games. I know it was just the Commonwealth Games, but it had greater importance because Wickham had lost the chance to go to the Moscow Olympics and Boyle had been denied by drug cheats on more than one occasion. They both got to go out on a high.
5. Any number of Peter Brock wins at Bathurst.

Then there are the ‘before our time’ moments like:

1. Jack Brabham winning the F1 world drivers championship in a car he designed.
2. Phar Lap winning the Cup
3. Bradman scoring 300 in a Day against England in 1930.
4. The Birth of the Ashes

Australia’s ten most inspirational sporting moments

They are the ones who demanded the NRL distribute their last attempt at a future fund.

Daly Cherry-Evans defends 'volatile' NRL questioning

It’s also the point of difference for the sport compared to league and AFL.

Oh to be a fly on the wall at Rugby Australia

That Viv Richards innings in 1984/85 was a gem. Broke my heart. I was still young enough at the time to have that naive confidence in my national team against all comers, not having registered yet what a disaster the post Lillee, Marsh, Chappell years were about to become.

Top five Test knocks by West Indian batsmen

Let’s hope we don’t have to add Marnus Labuschagne to this list in future!

One-Ashes wonders

The other consideration for ‘best’ sporting nation would be relative to population size. This is where countries like NZ punch above their weight (and us to a lesser extent).

Which country is the world's best at sport?

Well David Smith might be available, and from his experience as CEO of the NRL he is well versed into getting ripped to pieces by News Limited for showing independent thought.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

Because they are terrified that her contract will be renewed?

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

And yet they publish articles like this highly critical of Fox and Newscorp. So don’t stress.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier