For the purpose of this list, we’ve only considered players who are known primarily as a five-eighth.

Of course, there is big cross-over potential with halfbacks, however, we’ve stuck with players most recently recognised in the six jersey.

Top TEN best fullbacks in the NRL
Top TEN best wingers in the NRL
Top TEN best centres in the NRL
Top TEN best five-eighths in the NRL
Top TEN best second-rowers in the NRL

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10. Matt Burton

Controversial to start off but we’re going to name a player who wasn’t even his side’s first-choice number six in 2020 in Matt Burton. Yes, he did play halfback when called upon but his main position is at five-eighth and he has signed for the Bulldogs to play said role in 2022 and beyond.

Burton is a freakishly talented player who very well could have played six for Penrith this year. I was shocked when he was dropped to the bench, and then all together, in favour of Luai. Ultimately Cleary got it right, however, they would have gone just as far with Burton.

The Dogs chased him with everything they had, beating out a host of other clubs, including the Panthers. They want him at the club in 2021 for good reason. He’s a genuine game-changer for the Dogs are one of the best recent signings I can think of.

NRL Rd 5 - Eels v Panthers
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 12: Matt Burton of the Panthers looks dejected after an Eels try during the round five NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at Bankwest Stadium on June 12, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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2 COMMENTS

  1. You’re biased. Wighton is still mostly only going to damage opposition teams , if they don’t tackle well. As he’s mostly just a running 5/8th.

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