Best non rep current player

Discussion in 'The Cesspit: Rugby League Discussion' started by Julian, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. Julian BJ Taylor

    Let's qualify rep footy as NSW, Qld, Aus, Eng or NZ.
  2. Julian BJ Taylor

    For me it's probably Joel Thompson.
  3. Cribbage RG Cribb

    Most of the good ones I can think of are locks and second rowers.

    I think the answer is Pangai, but it's a bit of technicality as I think he would've played for both Origin teams and both non-Aus Test teams in the OP by now if he was eligible/made himself available.

    Beyond that I agree with Thompson, and I also rate Ryan Matterson, Nathan Brown and Victor Radley.

    Keary sprung to mind as someone who hadn't played Origin but he did play a couple of Tests for Aus in 2018.

    EDIT: Just remembered Kikau - another back rower but IMO actually the best of the lot.
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  4. Cribbage RG Cribb

    1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    2 Maika Sivo
    3 Kotoni Staggs
    4 Jarrod Croker
    5 Kyle Feldt
    6 Mitchell Moses
    7 Luke Brooks
    8 Tevita Pangai
    9 Jayden Brailey
    10 Nathan Brown
    11 Joel Thompson
    12 Viliame Kikau
    13 Victor Radley

    14 Clint Gutherson
    15 Junior Paulo
    16 Thomas Flegler
    17 Ryan Matterson

    People will probably disagree with Brailey, but I rate him. Sub in McInnes or Turpin if you wish.

    The halves were fucking hard, especially since those two had an extended period playing together but never gelled. I almost wanted to pick Drinkwater but he's done nothing in the halves so far in his career and little fullstop.
  5. Julian BJ Taylor

    I love how there’s no Aubusson there
  6. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    Pretty hard one to answer. Cribb definitely forgot about Lodge.
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  7. Cribbage RG Cribb

    Yeah I forgot Lodge because I went through the R1 and R2 lineups to fill in gaps. Would at least make the bench of that side, might even bench Brown or Radley instead.
  8. AVA T Delonge

    Spot the Eels fan.
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  9. Cribbage RG Cribb

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  10. morgieb MC Burridge

    Would Kikau had played Origin or for New Zealand/England if he was eligible though? Suspect he'd have made the New Zealand and Queensland sides at least.
  11. Cribbage RG Cribb

    Yeah he's definitely kind of a cheat like Pangai, but I think he's my technical answer.
  12. Lukic L Popovic

    CPRL draft, tbh.
  13. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    100% would have played for QLD, NZ and England. Unsure on NSW, really depends on injuries and how retarded the coach is.
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  14. Magic AJ Parker

    Jake Friend.

    I know he came off the bench for Australia against Scotland but is that really rep footy...

    Poor guy was waiting for Cam Smith to retire.

    Finally in 2018 he does and the spastic Walters goes with McCullough instead.

    Then for all money he looks a certainty to be picked in 2019 and he gets a season ending injury. Keep in mind he's played 20 games or more every season for the past decade.

    Then 2020 rolls around.... surely so long as he can stay healthy he walks in.

    Nope. Coronavirus troll.
  15. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    He has Turpin in front of him now.
  16. Cribbage RG Cribb

    Haha I wondered why I didn't actually remember his one Test. I had him in my side originally but looked him up to double check and went "oh.."
  17. Magic AJ Parker

    Wouldn't surprise, Walters doesn't seem to rate him very highly and Turpin will naturally get a lot of qld press playing for the Broncos ala McCullough.
  18. Magic AJ Parker

    Joseph Leilua would be a good shout, he's a top end attacking talent. I think I'd probably risk it with someone like him before Croker.
  19. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    And Turpin is a better player

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