As the season has come to an end, The Newsroom picks its team of the best NRL players of the year.
Fullback: Jarryd Hayne – The NSW fullback had a stellar season, and it was his brilliance that helped NSW end QLD’s eight-year Origin dominance. He was also joint-winner of the Dally M player of the year and picked up representative player of the year honours.
Left Wing: Josh Mansour – He cemented himself in the Panthers side and had another outstanding year. He was unlucky to miss out on rep duties.
Right Centre: Michael Jennings – He was solid throughout the year for the Roosters and played a key part in ending QLD’s State of Origin reign.
Left Centre: Jamie Lyon – The Manly captain was a consistent figure in a somewhat under-performed Manly side. He also notched up captain of the year honours at the Dally M awards.
Right Wing: Semi Radradra – The Fijian winger had a superb year for the Eels notching up 19 tries.
Five-eighth: Johnathan Thurston – He was the driving force for the Cowboys this season and took them to another finals campaign. He shared the Dally M player of the year honours as joint-winner.
Halfback: Ben Hunt – Hunt has really matured as a player, and helped the Broncos to a finals series campaign.
Prop: James Graham – He has been instrumental in the forwards for the Bulldogs and his leadership skills will be on full display at the grand final.
Hooker: James Segeyaro – The hooker was unstoppable for the Panthers and had brilliant plays from dummy-half.
Front Row: Matt Scott – Another solid performance for the Cowboys this year and was a key figure in their finals series.
Second Row: Boyd Cordner – Solid performance for the Roosters this season who also played in the State of Origin for the Blues.
Second Row II: Aidan Guerra – Stepped up his performance for the Roosters this year and also earned a call up to rep duties.
Lock: Sam Burgess – Had a stellar season with the Rabbitohs, capped it off with a grand final victory and he also won the Clive Churchill medal.
14. Greg Inglis
15. Jake Friend
16. Josh Jackson
17. Beau Scott
Coach: Ivan Cleary – David Telefoni
Top photo from Steve James’ Flickr photostream.