True Blues late greats Keith Holman, Ken Irvine and Steve Rogers, who played 85 games between them for their state and 667 club games, have tonight (Monday, 28 May) been honoured with their induction to the NSWRL The Star Hall of Fame, now in its second year.
Holman, the former Western Suburbs Magpies halfback (200 games), played 33 games for NSW and 35 for Australia (1950-58); Irvine, whose record of 212 tries in 236 first grade games still stands, played 31 games for NSW (1959-67) and 33 for Australia (1959-67); and former Sharks and Dragons centre Rogers (231 games) represented NSW 21 times (1973-82) and Australia 24 (1975-83).
The three inductees were revealed at NSWRL's annual True Blues Dinner at The Star in front of more than 500 Rugby League dignitaries, including ARL Commission Chairman Peter Beattie, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg, NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM, NSWRL CEO David Trodden and the Minister for Sport, the Hon Stuart Ayres.
The NSWRL The Star Hall of Fame was launched last year with six inductees, along with the seven Immortals who have represented NSW who were automatic inductions, along with pre-War (1908-45) NSW representatives who fit the eligibility criteria.
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.