10 Nominees for the Next Immortals Announced on NRL 360

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The 10 man shortlist for the next Immortals to be named, was announced on Wednesday night by Ben Ikin and Paul Kent on NRL 360. The shortlist was whittled down from 92 potential nominees that are in the Australian Rugby League hall of fame. The other 8 people within the hall of fame are the 8 Immortals that have already earned their place in Rugby League folklore. The 10 players named were:

Mal Meninga - The current Australian Kangaroos coach and former Queensland Coach, Meninga had an incredible rugby league career spanning 3 different clubs. Playing for Souths Magpies in the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership, he would be selected for Brisbane multiple times from 1979-85, before heading to England for 2 years to play with St Helens. 31 games brought him 38 tries, before Meninga would move to Canberra. That move would bring him 3 premierships, 150+ games, and many other awards. Meninga would be named in both the Queensland and Australian team's of the century.

Ron Coote - A player of 257 Premiership games, as well as 6 premierships, 23 tests and a 3-time world cup winter amongst other achievements, Coote played for both the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters. Already a part of the team of the century that was named in 2008, Coote credited the players around him as a lot of the reason as to why he was in 9 grand finals and a 6-time premiership winner. In saying that, you can not deny that role that Coote played on a role as a forward, as well as within the game of Rugby League.

Dally Messenger - The man that has the award for the best player in the NRL named after him, Dally Messenger is seen as the reason that Rugby League exists in Australia today. He would represent Australia 38 times, as well as winning the 1911 Premiership with the Sydney Roosters. Named on the interchange bench for the team of the century, one can not talk about Rugby League history without talking about Dally Messenger.

Ken Irvine - The man who has scored the most tries in Premiership history, is immortalized in the 2008 team of the century and played 236 Premiership games for North Sydney and Manly. Ken Irvine was known back in his time as one of the quickest players in the game, and still is today. His record of 212 tries in the Premiership has stood for over half a decade now, with Billy Slater nearly 40 tries off in second place. That is how dominant this man was.

Dave Brown - 264 first class games, 2 premiership, 9 tests. Those statistics in the 1930s are absolutely phenomenal. His record of 38 tries in 16 games is something that will probably never be broken. He would also represent New South Wales 24 times. With the nickname of "The Bradman of League" as a gesture to how quickly he would rack the points up, it isn't hard to see how he is on this list.

Frank Burge - The man known as Chunky, Frank Burge was known as a try scoring machine as a lock forward. He played for the Dragons and for Glebe, scoring 256 tries in 242 first class games. A man from the 2008 team of the century, he was picked for New South Wales at just the age of 18. It is also known that the only reason as to why he was not on the 1911 tour of England, is because he was just 17 years of age.

Brian Bevan - He would spend 5 seasons with Easts before moving to England, where he would play over 600 games for Blackpool and Warrington and score over 750 tries in the English League. Bevan was described on NRL 360 as a winger who didn't look the part, but would tear up the defense on a whim. Never selected for the Kangaroos, he would mesmerize the touring sides with just how he could make them look silly.

Norm Provan - The big man on the NRL Premiership trophy, he would be in 10 of St George's 11 premierships in a row. It is the most of all time, and a record that will never be broken. 256 games for the Dragons, as well as a World Cup winner and a member of the team of the century, Proven was seen as a great player but an even better leader on and off the field.

Duncan Hall - A prop forward in the team of the century, Hall was described as "an old fashioned front rower", taking every scrum as a war. A proud Queenslander, Hall would help the Australian Kangaroos to take back the Ashes in 1950 and 1954 as a ball-playing front rower. Passing away 7 years ago, some may say that it is more than appropriate for a beastly front rower who would dominate teams for years.

Darren Lockyer - 355 premiership games, 4 premierships, the 2000 Clive Churchill medallist, 63 tests for Australia and 36 games for Queensland. You can't say much else for arguably the best player that has come out of Queensland. A leader on and off the field, he would start at fullback before moving into the halves. He would win 6 Dally M awards in both five-eighth and fullback, a world cup in 2000 and the Golden Boot twice. These accolades alone deserve the attention of the shortlist, never mind the way he conducted the players on the field.

There you have it, the 10 players that were named on the shortlist for the right to be named as one of  two immortals in the future. You can not deny the accolades and roles that all 10 players had in making the game what it is today, both on and off the field. It is now up to the panel to decide which of these 10 players gets to be, an immortal.



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