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Toughest Twelve

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Chip and Chase, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    THE toughest men to have ever laced on a boot in rugby league were last night honoured at a gala event at Star City.

    Judged to have been the hardest and most enduring over the last 50 years, the Jim Beam "Toughest 12" was announced by the Men of League Foundation at the black-tie dinner.

    Unsurprisingly, only four of the dozen men - Shane Webcke, Mal Meninga, Trevor Gillmeister and Geoff Toovey - played after 1990. Most were from the brutal era of the 1960s to 80s.

    Former Magpies halfback Tommy Raudonikis told The Daily Telegraph he was honoured to be included in the list.

    "To be honest I am very proud but I find it hard to believe I am one of the toughest 12 players of the last 50 years," Raudonikis said.

    "In the 70s I was probably the toughest halfback going around. I really rode roughshod over the rest of them. I think I was definitely the toughest halfback but to be included in the 12 toughest players . . . that's awesome.

    "Roy Masters (former Wests coach) always said the longer the game went the better I went. When I broke my arm against Manly, I told him I wasn't real good. He said it was up to me if I wanted to stay on but he wanted me to aim up if I stayed on.

    "For me being tough was about hating my rivals and maybe that was it."

    Judges chose players who were one or more of the following: courageous, durable, enduring, intimidating, relentless and resilient.

    All eleven living members of the prestigious group were on hand to be honoured last night.

    The Jim Beam "Toughest 12" are: Kevin Ryan, Shane Webcke, Noel Kelly, John Sattler, Malcolm Reilly, Ray Price, John O'Neill (dec), Mal Meninga, Geoff Toovey, Terry Randall, Trevor Gillmeister and Tom Raudonikis.

    A couple of Manly hard men in there. Not too many backs made the cut :lol:

    Ray Price's selection is a joke, I could think of a dozen players that are tougher or more intimidating than him.
  2. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

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    Great to see four Manly men in there, including 3 from the 70s teams.
  3. kingyfan

    kingyfan Member

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    George Piggins should be there along with Paul Sait and Garry Stevens. Brian Clay was tough and so was Ian Walsh.

    Who else would you pick?
  4. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,393 /402
    Where's Scott Donald & Scott Fulton?
  5. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    No one from the Bears?
  6. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +29 /0
    that is so funny
  7. kingyfan

    kingyfan Member

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    I can't believe that none of the old norths hard nuts like Peter Mayoh, Rod Henniker, Alan Shepherd or Doug Rollerston made the team. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  8. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Les Davidson, David Gillespie and Peter Kelly spring to mind. For axe murderer like pyschotics you couldn't go past the Rampling brothers, Terry Regan, Mark Geyer or Dean Pay.
  9. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

    +844 /25
    & Jason Taylor
  10. nodd

    nodd Well-Known Member

    +105 /5
    what about Ronnie "Rambo" Gibbs?
  11. Stuey Davis Socks

    Stuey Davis Socks Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +578 /4
    Check out this site for some hard men stories:


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