Sports editor-at-large for the Daily Telegraph Phil “Buzz” Rothfield has named his NRL Team of the Year with a few of controversial decisions.
The team consists of the best performers in each position, along with also naming the coach, rookie and “buy” of the year.
The Melbourne Storm dominate the team with five players featuring but last year’s Dally M Medal winner Cooper Cronk is not one of them.
Perhaps the most controversial (or just confusing) selection in the team though is the prop, with the player chosen by Rothfield not playing a single game in that position in 2017.
What are your thoughts on the team chosen by Rothfield? Would you make any changes?
Check out the team below and leave your comments!
Buzz Rothfield’s Team of the Year
Winner: Billy Slater (Storm)
Contenders: Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Clinton Gutherson (Eels)
Winner: Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm)
Contenders: Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Alex Johnston (Rabbitohs), Akuila Uate (Sea Eagles)
Winner: Will Chambers (Storm)
Contenders: Dylan Walker (Sea Eagles), Tautau Moga (Broncos), James Roberts (Broncos)
Winner: Cameron Munster (Storm)
Contenders: Luke Keary (Rabbitohs), Michael Morgan (Cowboys), Gareth Widdop (Dragons)
Winner: Nathan Cleary (Panthers)
Contenders: Cooper Cronk (Storm), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Mitchell Moses (Eels)
Winner: Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
Contenders: Paul Gallen (Sharks), Dale Finucane (Storm), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
Winner: Matt Gillett (Broncos)
Contenders: Boyd Cordner (Roosters), Wade Graham (Sharks), Angus Crichton (Rabbitohs)
Winner: Josh McGuire (Broncos)
Contenders: Paul Vaughan (Dragons), Nathan Brown (Eels), Dylan Napa (Roosters)
Winner: Cameron Smith (Storm)
Contenders: Apisai Koroisau (Sea Eagles), Cameron McInnes (Dragons), Josh Hodgson (Raiders)
Winner: Brad Arthur (Eels)
Contenders: Craig Bellamy (Storm), Trent Barrett (Sea Eagles), Shane Flanagan (Sharks)
Winner: Nick Cotric (Raiders)
Contenders: Jayden Brailey (Sharks), Brock Lamb (Knights), Brodie Croft (Storm)
Winner: Nathan Brown (Eels)
Contenders: Luke Keary (Roosters), Josh Addo-Carr (Storm), Blake Green (Sea Eagles)