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)