Almanac Rugby League – Preston Campbell’s Indigenous Team of this Century

It’s Indigenous Round in the NRL this weekend. To mark the designation, former Gold Coast Chargers, Cronulla Sharks, Penrith Panthers (2003 premiership) and Gold Coast Titans player, and 2001 Dally M Player of the Year Preston Campbell was asked to nominate his Indigenous Team of this Century.


His team is:

  1. Matt Bowen (c)
  2. Wendell Sailor
  3. Greg Inglis
  4. Justin Hodges
  5. Nathan Blacklock
  6. Laurie Daley
  7. Johnathan Thurston
  8. Ryan James
  9. Nathan Peats
  10. George Rose
  11. Sam Thaiday
  12. Gorden Tallis
  13. Greg Bird
  14. Cody Walker
  15. Latrell Mitchell
  16. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
  17. Wade Graham


What do you think?


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  1. One of Preston’s teammates could certainly play: Scott Prince. Not sure you’d ever be able to justify him starting over JT though…

  2. Perhaps Prince, a goal-kicking premiership player, might take Cody Walker’s place on the bench. I’m happy to see George ‘Huggy Bear’ Rose get a spot in this team – an underrated player IMHO.

  3. Jarrod_L says

    Plenty of Broncos for you too Ian, surely that raises a smile as well.

  4. Kieran Dempsey says

    What about ‘the Black Flash’ Larry Corowa?

  5. Kieran Dempsey says
  6. Kieran, the qualification was ‘this century’.

  7. Adam Muyt says

    Strong side.
    As Ian points out, George Rose was under-rated. He had the bulk of a latter-day Artie and his ability to offload with bodies hanging off him. Most importantly, a team player who had a personality that helped to spark those around him. Manly fans loved his big heart.

  8. Sometimes Steve says

    Even with a fantasy rep side I expected Souths fans to be here complaining about Nathan Merritt not being selected. I’m shocked they aren’t.

  9. I’m not a manly supporter “but” What about cliffs Lyons , this guy was if not the greatest player I’ve seen

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