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The Most Versatile "Utility" Player there has been?


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#1 Mumby Magic

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:15 PM

Bit of fun time.

 

The game now has seen many positions become very similar (if any difference at all). "Back in  the day" there were notable differences like certain size per position etc.

 

In terms of the thread question I am meaning to a good level not just played that position in a team. eg Now Keith Mumby wasn't the most versatile but saw service to a reasonable extent at Full back, S/off and Loose Forward and played for GB in the Centre.


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#2 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:18 PM

Ellery Hanley.


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#3 Eldujo

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:19 PM

For unusual versatility I'll pick a very recent candidate and nominate Tony 'T-Rex' Williams' recent stint playing half back for the Canterbury Bulldogs while the regular halves pairing were playing State of Origin.

 

He made a decent fist of it too. Must be the largest half of all time. 



#4 Futtocks

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:24 PM

For unusual versatility I'll pick a very recent candidate and nominate Tony 'T-Rex' Williams' recent stint playing half back for the Canterbury Bulldogs while the regular halves pairing were playing State of Origin.

 

He made a decent fist of it too. Must be the largest half of all time. 

Largest half of all time has to be Karl Pryce, surely? He had the odd game there for Bradford.

 

Sam Panapa was a very good all-rounder for Wigan.


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#5 MrPosh

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:26 PM

Ellery Hanley.

 

I'm not sure that he was ever a utility player. I would have said his career and positions progressed and he excelled in all of them, but consecutively, rather than concurrently.


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#6 Railway End

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:33 PM

Kurt Gidley at Newcastle springs to mind. At various stages of his career I've seen him play, Full Back, Wing, Centre, Stand Off, Scrum Half, Hooker and Loose Forward.

It's this versatility that saw him play for NSW IMO.

In the British game I think Jordan Tansey has covered all the back line positions.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:38 PM

In a recent interview Danny Addy said he thought the only positions he hadn't now played were full-back and wing after Lowes deployed him at 'prop' for a bit in the last few matches.


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:40 PM

Chev Walker must have covered a few positions in his time.


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#9 Eldujo

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:42 PM

Largest half of all time has to be Karl Pryce, surely? He had the odd game there for Bradford.

 

Sam Panapa was a very good all-rounder for Wigan.

I'll give you Karl Pryce by height, think T-Rex wins by weight though. 

 

Also, there was a piece on Tommy Gallagher in the last Rugby League World which mentioned he played everywhere bar one position, can't remember which.



#10 Mumby Magic

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:59 PM

Chev Walker must have covered a few positions in his time.

 

Indeed but my point was to a decent standard!!! My point earlier was about to a good level. The odd sub appearance as prop doesn't make him established in that position. Tansey's a good shout.


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:08 PM

In my opinion and experience, watching these guys playing home at Central Park and away elsewhere, for many years, I'd vote for:

 

- Billy McGinty ( see http://en.wikipedia...._(rugby_league)

 

- Sam Panapa  (see http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Sam_Panapa



#12 Ant

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:48 PM

Stanley Gene

Halfback, centre, hooker, loose forward

Entertaining as hell no matter where he played

#13 Railway End

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 05:58 PM

Stanley Gene

Halfback, centre, hooker, loose forward

Entertaining as hell no matter where he played


Had forgotten about Stanley.... Good call!

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#14 RSN

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:24 PM

The fact this thread got to 12 posts and nobody had mentioned Richard Whiting is appalling.

#15 Wolford6

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:15 PM

Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams can play anywhere except scrum half and hooker. 

 

Ellery Hanley could play anywhere except prop and so could, at a push, John Holmes and Henry Paul.


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#16 OMEGA

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:40 PM

Lee Gilmour

Played as an international winger, 2nd rower, Centre and probably had a few minutes in other roles as well

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:45 PM

jonny Hepworth

all the back positions plus hooker and loose forward

 

very under rated player.

 

 

during any given game these days players move all over the place. 


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#18 Jangling_Jack

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:20 PM

Didn't Phil Veivers play in a fair few positions? He certainly played Full Back, Loose Forward, Stand Off and Hooker while at Huddersfield. I.m sure i read somewhere he played every position but Prop while at Saints although i could've dreamed that.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:49 PM

Richard whiting.

#20 Trojan

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:51 PM

Me. In my time in both codes I played, hooker, prop, second row, back row, scrum half and wing. (of course I wasn't much good at any of them!)


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