Jason Nightingale might be one of the greatest rugby players of all time but to his fans, he is a true rugby gentleman who was able to mark a legacy throughout his 13 years of his career.
Born in the suburbs of Paddington in New South Wales, he was introduced to the game at the early age of 13. He played his junior rugby league for the Renown United. With his interest in this sport, Nightingale made his NRL debut with St George Illawarra Dragons against the Penrith Panthers in 2007. He retired at the end of the 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership campaign.
The King: Wally Lewis
Also regarded as the ‘Emperor of Lang Park’, is the kind of rugby player who has the ability to amaze the crowd with his special skill which can totally outsmart the opposing team. Born in the city of Hawthorne in Queensland, he grew in a family who is exposed in the field of sports. His father is also a rugby league player and a coach while his mother represents Queensland in netball leagues. Being one of the greatest players of all time, he was given several awards like the Golden Boot award and is a part of the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.
The Brick with Eyes: Glenn Lazarus
From being a former Australian Senator, Lazarus is a former rugby player who won premierships with the Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos, and Melbourne Storm in which he is also the captain. What makes him more amazing is that he is the only player in history who won in grand finals in three different separate clubs. He was also the first captain who is given a newspaper column to write in The Herald Sun.
‘Puff’ The Magic Dragon: Reg Gasnier
As a long time fan of rugby leagues, you will surely recognize Reg Gasnier who is also a coach and played centre for St. George Illawarra Dragons. With his outstanding performance on the field and leadership, he was included in the National Rugby League’s list of 100 greatest players as well as the honorary Team of the Century. Even in his younger years, he became a champion sportsman in both rugby and cricket for him to achieve a junior state representative in both sports.
Petero Civoniceva: Petrol Seventy-Cents-A Litre
Civoniceva is also the Queensland Rugby League team and Australian international representative prop forward who was able to break records in most international matches. He also played with the Brisbane Broncos in which he won in 1998, 2000, and 2006 NRL Premierships. With his achievements, he also became the captain of the Fijian national team during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign.
Unique nicknames right? Aside from their unique nicknames, their outstanding performance on the field is truly amazing and will surely inspire all of the young aspiring rugby players.