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40 minutes ago, Industria ditat said:

Harvey Howard at prop - signed and played originally as a winger before he bulked up

So did Tony Clubb - with his broad chest, he must have been one of the most un-aerodynamic wingers ever.


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21 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

So did Tony Clubb - with his broad chest, he must have been one of the most un-aerodynamic wingers ever.

Louis McCarthy Scarsbrook looks quick actually

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5 minutes ago, Hela Wigmen said:

Ben Barba, Darren Albert and Anthony Sullivan come to mind. 

Have we not mentioned Darren Albert already in this thread? If not, we should all take a moment to reflect on our shortcomings.


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On ‎12‎/‎09‎/‎2020 at 22:04, yipyee said:

Fastest winger... Darren Albert. (Or Dwayne chambers)

Fastest FB, Robinson? Or did he just play FB in union. (Also wing but think more FB but was rubbish at kicking)

Forgot about Albert. As well as being an NRL player he was also a part time sprinter and while at Newcastle he ran an Olympic qualifying time but chose not to go.

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Its all very well recording time on good athletic tracks out of the blocks and wearing spikes and carrying no ball under your arm . Some are not anywhere near as fast on a rugby pitch carrying a ball , its a different skill , balance and technique .

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Not many will remember him but Dennis O'Neil at Widnes (a World Cup 1972 winner squad member) was pretty quick for a stand off. He specialised in arching breaks first receiver from the scrum. Scored a screamer for Lancashire in the late sixties left them all for dead . Old Skool running stand off, a lost art now.

He was certainly as quick as Maguire etc 

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On 14/09/2020 at 22:42, Colly said:

Not many will remember him but Dennis O'Neil at Widnes (a World Cup 1972 winner squad member) was pretty quick for a stand off. He specialised in arching breaks first receiver from the scrum. Scored a screamer for Lancashire in the late sixties left them all for dead . Old Skool running stand off, a lost art now.

He was certainly as quick as Maguire etc 

Dennis was known as Quicksilver and would have left Danny Maguire,S.Edwards etc by a large margin,he was magic.

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Just watched a piece on the Fox NRL channel with Vossy interviewing Michael Cleary, who in the 60's played for the Rabbitohs, he also played for Australia at both League and union, and also represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games winning bronze in the 100 yards. He has a recorded time of 9.3 seconds for 100 yards. That's pretty swift.

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20 minutes ago, Rioman said:

Just watched a piece on the Fox NRL channel with Vossy interviewing Michael Cleary, who in the 60's played for the Rabbitohs, he also played for Australia at both League and union, and also represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games winning bronze in the 100 yards. He has a recorded time of 9.3 seconds for 100 yards. That's pretty swift.

I saw that too, the other day. A pretty impressive career all round, even after retiring from active sports.


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12 hours ago, Rioman said:

Just watched a piece on the Fox NRL channel with Vossy interviewing Michael Cleary, who in the 60's played for the Rabbitohs, he also played for Australia at both League and union, and also represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games winning bronze in the 100 yards. He has a recorded time of 9.3 seconds for 100 yards. That's pretty swift.

Ahh, the old 91.44 metre sprint...

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So we're four pages in, some people even suggesting Offiah, with no mention of Lee Oudenryn who settled this matter once and for all in 1992. 

 

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3 minutes ago, M j M said:

So we're four pages in, some people even suggesting Offiah, with no mention of Lee Oudenryn who settled this matter once and for all in 1992. 

 

Does anyone have a link to the full video of this race.  All the videos I can find are like this one where Oudenryn is a yard or so in front of Offiah after 30 yards and then stays in front by about the same distance for the rest of the race.  I would like to see the start as Oudenryn must have been off like a shot.

(p.s. I am not suggesting anything untoward, I would just like to see it)

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Just now, Dunbar said:

Does anyone have a link to the full video of this race.  All the videos I can find are like this one where Oudenryn is a yard or so in front of Offiah after 30 yards and then stays in front by about the same distance for the rest of the race.  I would like to see the start as Oudenryn must have been off like a shot.

(p.s. I am not suggesting anything untoward, I would just like to see it)

Oh no, there was definitely a false start 😄

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Found a video with the start.  Oudenryn made by far the better start.  Doesn't look like Offiah slipped but he was very poor off the mark (they used sprinter starts despite no blocks). 

The gap from the start was pretty much maintained for the rest of the race. 

 

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I’m sure I heard a story that a load of the British players lumped a load on Oudenryn to win, Offiah was probably part of the syndicate 😂

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Oudenryn may of won that race but i don't believe he was faster than Offiah. I would like to see some more vids of Oudenryn making defenders look foolish. Offiah did do him for speed twice in the game iirc.

There is is plenty of Offiah scything through and around some of the best defenders and defences of that time. Offiah would of been a fair few years older too.

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