Four of Rugby League’s finest players have been chosen to join the NRL Hall of Fame.
The four players to join the 2019 Hall of Fame Class are:
- Craig Young
- Stacey Jones
Hall of Fame: Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
- Ruben Wiki
- Danny Buderus
A voting college representing a cross section of the game selected their top five players to be included in the exclusive Hall of Fame club.
The four players were selected through an independent audit of the votes.
All four players will formally join the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday.
NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said the four inductees were all worthy recipients of the honour.
“All four of our player inductees will stand proudly alongside the 106 players who they will join in the Hall of Fame,” Mr Greenberg said.
“These are some of the best players of their generations, and they will now join the best of the best.
“They each dominated their respective eras and commanded enormous respect. They still do.
“This year’s Hall of Fame class is an exceptional one. We will be recognising greatness when our latest Class are formally inducted.”
Senior Manager of NRL Awards, Frank Puletua said the induction ceremony on Wednesday would be one of the most important nights on the calendar.
“This year, we will be acknowledging our contributors as well as our players,” Mr Puletua said.
“The Hall of Fame induction has become an incredibly important night for the game as we take the opportunity to reflect on our pioneers and our finest players.
“All four of our player inductees can now forever be known as Hall of Famers, and that only adds to their standing in the game.”
Born: February 6, 1978, Taree, NSW
Junior Football: Taree United
Premiership Career 1997-2013: Played 257 (237+20). Tries 61, Goals 1, Points 246
First Grade Debut: Newcastle v South Queensland at Marathon Stadium, 23/3/1997 (Rd 3)
Grand Finals: 1 – Newcastle 2001 (W)
Australia: Tests 24 (2001-06), Kangaroo tours 2001, 2003; Tri-Nations 2004, 2005
New South Wales: State of Origins 21 (2002-08)
Country Origin: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008
HALL OF FAME 2019 – VOTING COLLEGE
Eric Grothe Snr.