Murphy was the best ever, without question.
Who cares what shape anyone's body was? Are great players to be excluded from a list because they were short, or podgy, or tall, or thin? Billy Boston was a big fat lad too, and the best in the world were terrified of him.
Sorry, but I just don't buy into all the hype about Thurston, he is a good player without doubt, but the best half-back ever? Give me a break. Then again, Andrew Johns was so good that he had to resort to playing at hooker to get into the Australian side at one point. Does anyone think that really great players such as Lewis or Kenny would have to do that?
But Hannibal, Kenny an out and out Standoff played two thirds of his Test matches at Center to make way for Lewis at Stand off in the Kangaroos.
Would Sam Backo or John "Dallas" Donnelly be Test Props nowadays? I do not think so regardless of their Skills.
Skills are only one part of the equation, the ability to compete and deliver those Skills are another.
Next you will be saying a Short Fat Lad that passes and that kicks the ball better than anyone else would make the grade even if he only played for 50 minutes and every opposition team targeted him as a slow paced player that could be run around or worn out easily.
The game has moved on, you need the skills and the physique in that roll to deliver those skills.
Show me the fat unfit player that is at the top of the game?
Edited by AndyCapp, 17 March 2013 - 07:29 AM.