NSWRL The Star Hall of Fame
Established in 2017, The NSWRL The Star Hall of Fame acknowledges those who have achieved outstanding feats on and off the field throughout a professional playing career.
The eligibility criteria was determined by a selection committee of Dr Peponis, Australian selectors Bob Fulton and Bob McCarthy and journalists Phil Rothfield and Andrew Webster working in conjunction with Rugby League statistician David Middleton.
The qualification for the Hall of Fame is:
(a) The player must have played 10 games or more for New South Wales; or, alternatively, the player must have captained New South Wales; AND
(b) The player must also have played for Australia; AND
(c) The player must also have been retired for at least five seasons.
Known as “The Little Master”, Clive Churchill belied his small frame to revolutionise fullback play.
Like many champions John Raper wasn’t the biggest, strongest or fastest player in his teams but he had a motor like no other
From the time he burst onto the representative scene in 1959 there was something special about Reg Gasnier.
Another Wollongong product, Bob Fulton joined Manly in 1966 and went on to have an enormous influence on
When he joined St George from Wollongong in 1963, Graeme Langlands had an immediate impact
The best forward in the world at his prime, Arthur Beetson carved a unique niche for club and state,
Cessnock junior Andrew Johns bestrode the game like a colossus at the turn of the century.
A worthy successor to the heritage of the great lock forwards such as Raper and Coote,
Souths junior Ron Coote rose through the grades at the Rabbitohs to lead their charge to premiership glory,
Junee’s favourite son, Laurie Daley helped the Canberra Raiders build a dynasty of success.
Brad Fittler was a precocious and prodigious talent from the time he made his first grade debut.
A product of the prolific South Sydney junior nursery, Bob McCarthy changed the role of the second rower.
Graded by St George from Sutherland in 1950 Norm Provan went on to have a fairytale career with
Keith “Yappy” Holman had a rough start to life and received a few knockbacks before he was finally graded,
North Sydney junior Ken Irvine built an unrivalled record for try scoring. In thirteen seasons for the Bears
Supremely gifted, Steve Rogers had a devastating mix of speed, balance, craftiness as well
Steve Mortimer burst on the Sydney scene in 1976 but his first taste of representative football
A legendary figure, Tom Raudonikis’ passion and determination were his hallmark qualities but he was
Smith started his career as a centre before switching to halfback and his competitive spirit saw him win four consecutive premierships at the Dragons from 1963-66. Smith played for NSW in interstate matches from 1964-73, including captaining the team in 1967, and never tasted defeat in a series.
Kenny was a gifted player and a big-match performer who played a key role in Parramatta capturing four premierships in the NSWRL competition in the 1980s. In the 12 State of Origin games where he was selected as five-eighth, Kenny enjoyed an eight games to four winning advantage over Wally Lewis.
Lazarus was widely regarded as the world’s best prop in his prime and is the only player to have won three Grand Finals with three different clubs. He was a tough-as-teak front rower whose tireless work rate laid the platform for his team’s success and he was part of the first NSW Blues teams that won three consecutive series from 1992-94.