Your five most underrated players of the NRL era (1998-2018)

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  1. Dragon_psa

    Dragon_psa First Grade

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    Wairangi Koopu
    Wayne Bartrim
    Lance Thompson
    Luke Lewis
    Nathan Brown
     
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    1 - Mitch Aubusson - standout for me.
    2 - Jarrod Croker
    3 - Steve Southern
    4 - Paul Rauhihi
    5 - Dallas Johnson

    No bias in Dragons players there.. but my Dragons top 5 (even though I'd suggest many Dragons fans would rate them highly also) would be

    1 - Russell Packer
    2 - Kevin Campion
    3 - Dean Young
    4 - Mark Riddell
    5 - Leeson Ah Mau
     
  3. The Book of Steeden

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    Great call on Campion, I came here to mention him. Last of a dying breed, almost. I was at his last game, too - was a cracker of a contest.

    Ivan Cleary is a bit of a strange one - a wonderful player, & if you mention him, people will agree, but if you’re not the one to bring his name up, nobody else will.
     
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    Good call on Ah Mau too. Excellent player who does his job every single week. Was sad we missed out on him.
     
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    Mitchell Aubusson
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    Gavin Cooper
    Sam Perrett
     
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    Shane Elford, another. Busy in attack & an unusually strong defender among Centres, too.
     
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    Have to disagree on Perrett. Although never highly rated, it was with good cause, IMO. He spent a good 50% of his career as a fringe first grader, eventually only pushing through to the regular 17 by essentially outlasting the stays of more talented backliners at the Roosters.
     
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    Andrew McCullough is not underrated
     
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    Ryan James. If he was a Queenslander, he probably would have played 10-15 origins by now.
     
  10. Albert Rosenfeld

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    Tony Gigot was still learning back then. Now he has evolved into one of the best 12 attacking full backs in the world. He even won the Lance Todd trophy for best player at the 2018 Challenge Cup final. He could easily find a spot in an NRL club, but he wants to stay in France with the Catalans.
     
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    He’d be a better option than glasby
     
  12. Whip Whitaker

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    Absolutely. Ryan James is the most underrated forward in the NRL imo. Maybe playing for the Gold Coast means only the most ardent league fans watch your games. That works against him in terms of rep footy.
     
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    His penalties against are always brought up first and then completely ignore the 70 minutes and 40 tackles he just finished
     
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    Is he better with long or short hair?
     
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    Well once upon a time having stupid or extravagant hair alone would have gotten him picked for the blues. No dreds and idris doesn’t get nearly much commentator jizz on him, same with the wolfmans beard
     
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    If your middle forward isn't giving away a few penalties then that's actually a problem. If a middle forward like James makes 40 tackles over 70 minutes each week you sure as hell want him to have a penalty or 2 against his name.
     
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    He finds the try line quite a lot too. The thing that impresses me most about Ryan James is that he runs and tackles with a lot of venom.
     

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