Who are international rugby league's greatest ever wingers?

1st April 2020, 17:01

Following the selection of Puig Aubert as the finest ever full-back to play international rugby league, we now turn our attention to the wingers. 

As we are selecting two wingers the initial long-list is 10 players and, through social media, we will no doubt have that increased as fans have their say.

The list will be open to public debate a=on Facebook and Twitter and we will see who gets the most attention

The initial short-list selected by media and fans around the world is: 

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Clive Sullivan - they called Michael Holding "whispering death" Clive Sullivan with his smooth running action was the rugby league equivalent. Has a road named after him so that must say something

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Eric Grothe - almost the exact opposite to Clive - Eric was power personified - probably more like "rumbling death" as Eric crashed towards the line, scattering defenders in his wake

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Mike Sullivan - a theme appearing here. Sully is the record international try scorer - 44 tries in 50 games

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Ken Irvine - he was the fastest player of his age. He was an athletic try-scoring machine. Ken maintained his place at the highest level of the game for a decade by sheer weight of tries - 212 is 30 more than 2nd place.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Billy Boston - another player featuring in not one but two statues. Billy scored a total of 571 tries in his career, making him the second-highest try scorer in rugby league history.

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Lesley Vainikolo - anyone called the volcano has to be on this list - he could run the 100 metres in 10.6 seconds

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Wendell Sailor - his large frame and bullocking style made him a formidable opponent and prolific try-scorer. He played for Australia (the Kangaroos) 16 times and was top try scorer at 2000 Rugby League World Cup

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Martin Offiah - another player with a statue. With over 450 tries in a career at international and club level in both the UK and Australia. Scorer of Wembley Stadium's iconic tries.

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Brian Bevan - it's like you need a statue to be on this list! The "freakish" winger who played a full career in the UK is the world record try-scorer - no argument and unlikely to be overtaken.

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Josh Addo Carr - one of the modern-day greats and probably still has his best in front of him. Josh is the quickest current player, he is clocked at a top speed of 38.5km/h.