In searching for the best ever international rugby league centre threequarters, it's almost impossible to even start selecting the short-list. We have started by asking a group of fans and media, people steeped in rugby league, for their initial opinion. That will start the debate but obviously there will be others who feature. This position is one that truly crosses the ages and once again we are asking the fans of international rugby league to exercise their judgement, call on their experiences and let us know who they would select as the centres for the greatest team of all time:
In no particular order:
🇳🇿 Dean Bell - Bell picked up several honours while playing for New Zealand, including being the NZRL Player of the Year in 1987 and winning the NZ Māori Sports Personality of the Year in 1994. He was later made a member of the NZRL's Immortals and inducted as one of the NZRL's Legends of League in 2000. He is an Auckland Rugby League Immortal.
🏴 Garry Schofield - Winner of the 1990 Rugby League World Golden Boot Award as the greatest player on the planet, largely due to his exceptional performances in Great Britain's Test-series win in New Zealand and his remarkable display as Great Britain beat Australia at Wembley 19–12.
🇦🇺 Mal Meninga - Meninga is the only player in history to be selected for four Kangaroo Tours. He toured with the Kangaroos in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994, appearing in every test match against Great Britain and France on all four tours.
🇦🇺 Dally Messenger - The first super-star of Australian rugby league - according to his peers, the centre's greatest attributes were his unpredictability and astonishing physical co-ordination, coupled with a freakish ability to kick goals from almost any part of the ground.
🇦🇺 Gene Miles - Miles was particularly noted for his ability to off-load in any circumstance- he had the ability to use his 6'4" frame to his advantage and off-load the ball with a one-handed basketball style.
🏴 Billy Batten - "Batten certain to play" was added to posters for games, such was his status. He perfected the "Batten Leap" as an attacking weapon - he was a superstar of the game.
🏴 Harold Wagstaff - talking of super-stars, the "Prince of Centres" was around at the same time as both Batten and Messenger - what an era. Never mind a statue - Waggy appeared on a stamp!
🇦🇺 Reg Gasnier - described as the ultimate all-round rugby league player. "He had everything, a body swerve, speed and acceleration. He could stand you up or run around you. There was no better sight in rugby league."
🇦🇺 Greg Inglis - right up to date for the final nomination - like many centres, GI is a versatile player - a devastating player at every level.