These two weapons couldn’t make all-time Maroons
Darren Lockyer and Allan Langer have been required to cool their heels on the bench of the all-time Queensland Maroons side picked by a Wide World of Sports panel of experts.
Lockyer was recently named on a shortlist of players who could be called rugby league’s next Never-ceasing, yet the two-position super star might not oust Billy Slater or Wally Lewis from the fullback and five-eighth positions in an outrageous line-up.
Lockyer and fellow famous half Langer instead feature together with Petero Civoniceva and Paul Vautin in what may be the most amazing bench ever picked.
All four are Queensland icons in their own right and in the unlikely event that this all-time Maroons team was ever behind on the scoreboard any one of them might be injected into the game to turn the momentum and fire them to triumph.
In confirmation of just how dominant Mal Meninga’s dynasty side remained in its run of 11 series success in 12 years, 6 gamers from that period were chosen for the all-time Maroons, which was picked across 40 years of Origin.
Along with Slater at fullback is try-scoring phenomenon Greg Inglis at centre, Johnathan Thurston at halfback and the dynasty’s long-serving skipper Cameron Smith at hooker.
With Lockyer and Civoniceva on the bench, gamers from the dynasty years, from 2006-2017, comprise over a third of the team.
In a distinct honour Meninga was not only chose to coach the side, he was likewise the centre picked to combine Inglis, making him one of three Immortals in the beginning 13.
The other 2, ‘The King’ Wally Lewis and front-rower Arthur Beetson are arguably the most influential figures in Origin history, developing the worths that Queensland gamers still love today.
Broncos powerhouses of the late 1990s and early 2000s Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri take their put on the wings in a turbo-charged backline.
On the other hand, supplying the grunt in the forward pack alongside Beetson and Smith are Shane Webcke, Trevor Gillmeister, Gorden Tallis and Bob Lindner, rounding out a fearsome team that no NSW side would delight in conference.