The XIII: State of Origin Entertainers


Rugby league is all about entertainment and State of Origin is arguably the pinnacle of our game. So to be the most entertaining at Origin level makes you the cream of the crop.

But who are they?

What qualifies you for this team?

The quickest?

The strongest?

Maybe it’s the ego or the will to win?

Whatever it is, these are the thirteen men that make up our State of Origin Entertainers.


1 Billy Slater
Queensland 2004-Current
At his best, is one of the most dangerous custodians the game will ever know.

2 Wendell Sailor
Queensland 1996-2001
Big, brash and quick. For better or worse, there’ll never be another Wendell Sailor.

3 Greg Inglis
Queensland 2006-Current
Are there words to even describe how entertaining this man is?

4 Steve Renouf
Queensland 1991-1998
Nicknamed ‘The Pearl’ and ‘The Prince of Centres’ for good reason.

5 Jarryd Hayne
New South Wales 2007-2017
Not playing Origin but the dream is still alive.

6 Johnathan Thurston
Queensland 2005-2017
Mercurial, mesmerising, Immortal.

7 Andrew Johns
New South Wales 1995-2005
Arguably the greatest player to ever don a footy boot.

8 Steve Roach
New South Wales 1984-1991
Intimidating and passionate, Roach gave his all as a prop for the Blues.

9 Cameron Smith
Queensland 2003-2017
The craftiest and smartest of hookers, Smith makes up for his lack of speed with everything else.

10 Glenn Lazarus
New South Wales 1989-1999
Perhaps the greatest front-rower in history. Lazarus changed the role of the prop forever.

11 Gorden Tallis
Queensland 1994-2003
Ask Brett Hodgson about ‘The Raging Bull’.

12 Steve Menzies
New South Wales 1995-2006
Scored 253 tries in all top grade careers matches. A try scoring freak.

13 Wally Lewis
Queensland 1980-1991
‘The King’ altered more Origin matches individually than any other.

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