during the 2015 NRL Grand Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Six stars will be added to the NRL's Hall of Fame from a 25-man shortlist after the top contenders were announced on Saturday night.

Some of the game's best players over the past 50 years have made the list, with stars such as Greg Alexander, Gorden Tallis, Petero Civoniceva, Steve Menzies and Danny Buderus leading the talented pool.

The list isn't restricted to modern day stars, with players such as Ian Moir, Peter Dimond and Denis Flannery all dominating rugby league during the 1950s.

The Hall of Fame could also see their first Kiwi join the 100 names currently inducted, with Stacey Jones, Ruben Wiki and Mark Graham all flying the flag for New Zealand.

A panel of historians, administrators, media members and 10 current Hall of Fame athletes with decide the final six inductees, and NRL awards manager Frank Puletua told NRL.com the quality of the group can be seen in the players who don't make the cut.

"That's a good reference to the actual process and how thorough the process is," Puletua said.

"We go through a very defined objective model, and then we place the subjective voting up against it.

"We get a really well-rounded view of these players, their number speak for themselves. Their performances on different stages speak for themselves as well.

"There will be a chosen few who go through and it's going to be fascinating to see it play out."

The top 25 contenders for 2018 NRL Hall of Fame induction:

Greg Alexander, Royce Simmons, Gorden Tallis, Bob Lindner, Steve Renouf, Petero Civoniceva, Ricky Stuart, Kevin Walters, Michael O'Connor, Cliff Lyons, Steve Menzies, Mark Graham, Ruben Wiki, Stacey Jones, Paul Harragon, Danny Buderus, Craig Young, Rod Reddy, Denis Flannery, Elwyn Walters, Ian Moir, Jack Watkins, Peter Dimond, Ron Lynch, Wally O'Connell

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