MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Cameron Smith of the Storm runs with the ball during the round 23 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park on August 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Part one of the NRL Players’ Poll has been revealed. polled over 150 players from all 16 clubs on a range of hot topics around the league.

Part one of the two-part series includes the players voted the best in each position, best coach, captain, debutant, Dally M Medal favourite and who will win the premiership.

Melbourne’s Cameron Smith regained his title as best player, while coach Craig Bellamy was deemed the number one coach.

Cronulla’s Britton Nikora was voted the most impressive debutant and the Roosters have been backed in to win a second-straight championship.

Here is Part one of’s NRL Players’ Poll:

Best fullback

James Tedesco 55%
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 23%
Kalyn Ponga 9%
Clint Gutherson 5%
Tom Trbojevic 3%

Best winger

Blake Ferguson 33%
Josh Addo-Carr 24%
Corey Oates 10%
Ken Maumalo 8%
Jordan Rapana 7%

Best centre

Latrell Mitchell 80%
Jarrod Croker 4%
Joseph Manu 3%
Michael Jennings 3%
Dane Gagai 2%

Best five-eighth

Luke Keary 41%
Cameron Munster 32%
Cody Walker 18%
Shaun Johnson 3%
Anthony Milford/James Maloney 2%

Best halfback

Cooper Cronk 39%
Mitchell Pearce 14%
Daly Cherry-Evans 11%
Adam Reynolds 7%
Chad Townsend 6%

Best prop

Siosiua Taukeiaho 26%
Jesse Bromwich 18%
Andrew Fifita 7%
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 6%
David Klemmer 5%

Best lock

Jason Taumalolo 45%
Jake Trbojevic 20%
Cameron Murray 15%
Dane Finucane 8%
Jai Arrow 5%

Best second-rower

Sam Burgess 54%
Vilame Kikau 10%
Boyd Cordner 9%
John Bateman 7%
Tohu Harris 7%

Best hooker

Cameron Smith 44%
Damien Cook 36%
Josh Hodgson 5%
Reed Mahoney 3%
Jayden Brailey/Robbie Farah 2% Players’ Poll Team

1. James Tedesco
2. Blake Ferguson
3. Latrell Mitchell
4. Jarrod Croker
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Luke Keary
7. Cooper Cronk
8. Siosiua Taukeiaho
9. Cameron Smith
10. Jesse Bromwich
11. Sam Burgess
12. Villame Kikau
13. Jason Taumalolo


14. Jake Trbojevic
15. Boyd Cordner
16. Andrew Fifita
17. Damien Cook

Best player

Cameron Smith 31%
James Tedesco 19%
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 12%
Latrell Mitchell 10%
Jason Taumalolo 8%

Best coach

Craig Bellamy 31%
Wayne Bennett 19%
Trent Robinson 13%
Stephen Kearney 6%
Ricky Stuart/Brad Arthut 5%

Best captain

Cameron Smith 51%
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 12%
Sam Burgess 8%
Boyd Cordner 8%
Paul Gallen 5%

Most impressive 2019 debutant

Briton Nikora 36%
Maika Sivo 16%
Bronson Xerri 13%
Chanel Harris-Tavita 10%
Thomas Flegler 7%

Apart from your team, which will win the 2019 premiership?

Roosters 49%
Rabbitohs 30%
Storm 10%
Wests Tigers 4%
Sharks 2%

Dally M medallist

Cameron Munster 29%
James Tedesco 20%
Cody Walker 16%
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 11%
Cameron Smith 3%


  1. Brad Authur on best coach list????
    No mention of Des?
    Tapau missing from prop list??

    Legit lol

  2. Mate there is a lot wrong here. Gutho before turbo yes both our props, Stephen Kearney coach??? Really???! Even the rookies, both Garrick and Waddell would be in that list

  3. Glad to see Manly thinks a Penrith junior Waddell, is one of the best Rookies.
    Yet Wood Rot keeps trying to say there Penrith’s junior aren’t good?
    Manly Knows they are. That’s why they are out at Blacktown.
    To bad that Waddell is not a rookie though. He played some first grade games at Penrith, over the last couple of years.
    It’s bad that Phil didn’t keep a lot of good Panther juniors. I always thought Waddell was pretty good.

  4. A lot would depend on which players and at what time the survey is taken. Even as an Eels supporter a couple of inclusions from us surprise me, such as M Jennings and Mahoney. Don’t get me wrong, Mahoney looks good, but not a top 4 hooker. Perhaps the Eels had a few extras surveyed than other clubs, Perhaps the survey was actually taken earlier in the year (might also explain the Gutho above Turbo thing).

    Anyway, it is all subjective, and who really cares. Your team is firing at the moment and we are doing nothing, and that is far more important than what a few players think.

  5. I certainly hadn’t realised Waddell had played nrl before, he’s no superstar but certainly 1st grade quality for sure

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