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TOP TEN NRL PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011

03 March 2011
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Todd Carney
Last season, he was the recipient of both the Dally M and Golden Boot (world’s best Rugby League player). During his time with the Raiders, the Roosters five-eighth was the recipient of police charges and negative media attention for stuff like setting a bloke’s pants alight, being involved in a high-speed pursuit and causing mischief every time he got on the rinse. Let’s see if he can’t lead the glamour club to another GF and cement himself as a rep player.



Greg Inglis
The Melbourne Storm salary cap debacle of 2010 led to the gun centre switching teams. Twice. First he went to the Broncos then Russell Crowe sweet-talked him into coming to Souths – possibly using an inspirational speech from Gladiator. Rumours were rife that Inglis, 24, was ready to leave League, but he seems to have found a home with the Rabbitohs. Has all the politics and shuffling around affected his form? We’ll have to wait and see.



Darren Lockyer
The bloke’s 33, is the elder statesman of the Broncos, has taken more knocks than the front door of a brothel in a remote mining town and has a rep schedule that is exhausting to read, let alone play. In short, the clock’s ticking for Locky, one of the game’s most decorated players. How will he gel with new coach Anthony Griffin? Will he play the 18 games required to break Terry Lamb’s record of most games played? Will his voice ever go back to normal? Ah, so many questions…



Israel Folau
Hey, we never said you had to watch them playing League. Everyone’s keen to see how Izzy, now on a lazy $1.5 mil a year, goes in the AFL. That won’t officially happen until 2012, but it’ll still be interesting to track his progress in the meantime. Hopefully the AFL still exists next year. At the rate things are going, the whole organisation looks like it’s about to be demolished by a 17-year-old girl.



Brett Stewart
Thanks to a financially crippling court case and physically crippling knee injury, Manly’s star fullback was largely absent in 2010. In fact, he hasn’t played a game in almost a year. He may be rested in the season opener against the Warriors, but he’s guaranteed to return this year. Stewart will be looking to build on his stellar record of 98 tries from 118 games.



Akuila Uate
The blazing Fijian winger is even better at finding the line than Tony Montana at the end of Scarface. He was the top tryscorer for Season 2010 and was described by Andrew Johns the following way: “In all my years in Rugby League I've never seen a better athlete than this bloke.” The smart money would be on him to bag another 21+ tries this year.



Billy Slater
The Storm fullback is Australia’s Greatest Athlete, according to a particular deodorant company. Pretty fair call, too. Remember that try-saving tackle he made during last year’s Origin series? How about his ability to bust through the line and create something out of nothing? Expect to see his talent on full display this year, as the Storm look to prove they’re still a force to be reckoned with.



Braith Anasta
The Roosters skipper won Captain of the Year at the 2010 Dally M Awards and is a consistent performer. But we’re recommending you watch his off-field movements. In the past, he’s dated former Miss Universe contender Erin McNaught and ironwoman Candice Falzon. Now he’s with former Home and Away hottie Jodi Gordon. Champion effort.



Malcolm Webster
Who? The Rabbitohs rookie, 20, is the NRL’s lightest player. He stands 168cm and weighs 69kgs. Webster’s got a centimetre on his idol, Preston Campbell, but Presto carries four extra kilos. To put his size into perspective, Raiders prop Dane Tilse, the NRL’s tallest player, is 200cm and 112kgs. We’ll be tuning in to see the fullback come off the bench and, fingers crossed, make a run at Tilse. Better have the ambos on stand-by.



David Shillington
The most awesome thing about the NRL is the video ref. Obviously, we’re taking the piss. It’s the big hits! The cheerleaders are pretty rad as well, but let’s not lose focus. Five of the Canberra forward pack weighs in at over 110 kilos. Shillington himself is 195cm and 111kgs. The bloke leads from the front and is always out for carnage. An enforcer to keep your eye on.





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  • rongy

    Israel Folau is not in the nrl no more, top 10 is now down to top 9 better redo your research and pick a new player, also you guys forgot about Benji Marshall!!!


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