SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: (L-R) Mal Meninga, Wally Lewis and Darren Lockyer pose for the media during the Rugby League Hall of Fame and Immortals Announcement at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

NRL unveils new Immortals and Hall of Fame programs

NRL Chief Executive, Todd Greenberg today announced that up to two additional Immortals will be chosen in 2018.

And he said another six retired stars of the game will be inducted into a new Hall of Fame.

Mr Greenberg was joined by modern greats of the game, Wally Lewis, Mal Meninga and Darren Lockyer to unveil the NRL’s new recognition programs.

“This is a significant occasion for our game as we celebrate the history of Rugby League and recognise those who have shaped it,” he said.

Without question, one of the biggest topics in rugby league revolves around comparisons between heroes of our game…whether it’s players from decades ago or those from the modern era.

“This year, we will induct an additional six players into a new NRL Hall of Fame.

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“They will join the 100 Greats – named in our Centenary year ten years ago – who gain automatic induction into the NRL Hall of Fame as the Charter Class.

“We will also relaunch the Immortals, with up to two players being given the ultimate honour in our game, every four years.

“And the first of those new Immortals will be chosen this year.“

NRL Awards Manager, Frank Puletua said the re-shaped recognition programs are part of an overall campaign to acknowledge players, coaches, referees and others who put so much into the game.

“With the inclusion of the Immortals, the NRL now has more than 30 official award categories in our game – ranging from those who reach 100 NRL games, through to our top tier awards such as the Dally M Medal, Hall of Fame and Immortals,” Mr Puletua said.

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“A significant amount of work has been undertaken to ensure that our history and tradition continues to appropriately acknowledge milestones and pay tribute to the best of the best.”

A list of 25 former players will be announced next month, who will be eligible for possible induction into the Hall of Fame – joining the automatically submitted 100 players named as part of the games’ Centenary Year in 2008.

A Hall of Fame and Immortals ceremony will be held in August.

3 COMMENTS

  1. RLW named 8 immortals in 37 years…now the NRL owns the concept they will name 2 every 4 years…. I knew the NRL would ruin it….

  2. I think it should start before our time, players we have never seen play but are immortals should of been named immortals first, starting with Dally Messenger in 1908. Tell me how can they name the best player each year in the Dally M Awards yet he is not immortalized? Dave Brown is known as the Don Bradman of League and there are many many others who should of been named Immortals before any of the current immortals.

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