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Top 50 Players In The NRL: 50-11

Dominic Brock, Production Editor‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com

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The NRL have named all but the final 10 of their Top 50 Players in the NRL for 2017. A few Rabbitohs faces (and an incoming Rabbitoh) have made the cut!

Picture this: there's a new month-long rugby league tournament about to begin. You're in charge of a brand new team. All players currently in the NRL are fit and available.

Which player is your first choice? Who is your second? 

That's roughly the mindset we've put ourselves in at NRL.com, attempting to rank the 50 best players in the game. Note the list is not simply the players who have performed the best this season – there's the Dally M awards night for that. Note also that all current NRL players are eligible, injured or not injured. So Johnathan Thurston can make the cut, as can Greg Inglis and Matt Scott.

With more than 400 players taking the field in the NRL this season, this is a tough list to put together, and a lot of quality players have missed out in 2017. The likes of Jack de Belin, Kieran Foran, Jarryd Hayne, James Roberts, Trent Merrin, Nathan Brown and Suliasi Vunivalu are among those who narrowly missed the cut. 

Here's NRL.com's rankings from 50-11:

50. Nathan Cleary (New entry)
49. Josh McGuire (2016 rank: 40)
48. Will Chambers (New entry)
47. David Klemmer (New entry)

46. Angus Crichton (New entry)

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One of the few bright signs for South Sydney this season has been the emergence of Angus Crichton as a genuine star in the making. Playing on the right edge for the Rabbitohs, Crichton has made more tackle breaks than any other forward in the competition this season, knows his way to the tryline and is the Rabbitohs' second-busiest defender behind Sam Burgess. Along the way he's rivalled Cameron Smith as the most valuable player in NRL Fantasy – a remarkable feat for a player in just his second year in the top grade.

 

45. Martin Taupau (New entry)
44. Josh Dugan (2016 rank: 33)
43. Paul Vaughan (New entry)
42. Clint Gutherson (New entry)
41. Valentine Holmes (New entry)
40. Corey Norman (New entry)
39. Andrew McCullough (New entry)
38. Josh Jackson (2016 rank: 43)
37. Aaron Woods (2016 rank: 18)

36. Dane Gagai (New entry)

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The Newcastle Knights' only inclusion in our list, Gagai has excelled in a struggling team in recent seasons and his exploits at State of Origin level have been even more eye-catching – in 2017 he won the Wally Lewis Medal as Queensland's best player of a winning series, the first time a winger has taken out that award. A brilliant ball-runner capable of playing at fullback or in the outside backs, Gagai looks a quality recruit for the Rabbitohs next season.

35. Simon Mannering (2016 rank: 26)
34. Josh Hodgson (2016 rank: 17)
33. Matt Moylan (2016 rank: 45)
32. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (2016 rank: 22)
31. Jordan Rapana (New entry)
30. Gareth Widdop (New entry)
29. Josh Papalii (2016 rank: 31)
28. Tyson Frizell (2016 rank: 41)
27. Jesse Bromwich (2016 rank: 4)
26. Mitchell Pearce (New entry)
25. Jake Friend (2016 rank: 29)
24. Tom Trbojevic (New entry)
23. Cameron Munster (New entry)
22. Anthony Milford (2016 rank: 25)
21. Wade Graham (2016 rank: 34)
20. James Graham (2016 rank: 5)
19. Jake Trbojevic (New entry)
18. James Maloney (2016 rank: 28)
17. Michael Morgan (2016 rank: 21)
16. Boyd Cordner (2016 rank: 24)
15. Shaun Johnson (2016 rank: 6)

14. Greg Inglis (2016 rank: 16)

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A weapon when fit – and a walk-up starter in the centres for Queensland and Australia. Don't be surprised if he's causing headaches for NSW defenders once again in 2018.

13. Matt Scott (2016 rank: 14)
12. Andrew Fifita (2016 rank: 19)
11. Matt Gillett (2016 rank: 8)

 

Who would you have in your Top 10?