NRL Forgotten Player Smackdown – Origin Obscurity

The next State of Origin series is looming, and with the team announcements not far away, the term “Origin Bolter” will be thrown around with reckless abandon.

They are not always selected mind you, but some of those bolters are, and they come and go as quickly as a bolt of lightning.

Not that they didn’t deserve better, they just didn’t get a better chance.

You may even marvel and ask yourself “Did he really play origin?”, the answer is so did we and yes.

For this smackdown we’ve named the forgotten XIII for each state, players who you may or may not remember played State of Origin, or can barely remember them at all. We haven’t selected a positional 13, just a honorary team of 13 players.

Those obscure, forgotten players will always have a home at The Gurgler. We love to celebrate the forgotten.

Vote for your favourite forgotten Origin side now.

QLD
BRAD TESSMAN
6 Games – 1983 / 1987
CHRIS BEATTIE
3 Games – 2001-2002
TRAVIS NORTON
5 Games = 2002-2004
TERRY COOK
3 Games – 1995
OWEN CUNNINGHAM
1 Game – 1996 (3 Games QLD SL 1997)
DARREN FRITZ
3 Games – 2004
CASEY MAGUIRE
2 Games – 2005
ADAM MOGG
2 Games – 2006
DANNY NUTLEY
1 Game – 2005
JEREMY SCHLOSS
3 Games – 1997
DANIEL WAGON
3 Games – 2001
NEIL TIERNEY
3 Games – 1997
IAN but not BRETT FRENCH
9 Games – 1985 – 1987

 

NSW
STEVE CARTER
1 Game – 1992
MATT but not PHIL ADAMSON
2 Games – 2001
GREG FLORIMO
4 Games – 1988, 2005
PHIL BAILEY
3 Games – 2003
SCOTT GOURLEY
1 Game – 1993
BRAD IZZARD
4 Games – 1982, 1991
NIK KOSEF
8 Games – 1995 – 1997
KEN McGUINNESS
4 Games – 1997 – 1998
ZIGGY NISZCZOT
2 Games – 1982
DEAN PAY
12 Games – 1994 – 1998
CRAIG SALVATORI
5 Games – 1991 – 1994
RICKY WALFORD
1 Game – 1990
JIM SEDARIS
3 Games – 1995

 

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