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

9. Kodi Nikorima

If you had put it to be a year ago that Kodi Nikorima would be a top 10 five-eighth, I'm politely suggesting otherwise. Fast forward 12 months and the 26-year-old has re-announced himself as a genuine star for the Warriors.

The Broncos looked to have Nikorima earmarked as their long-term number seven, however the 15 time capped Kiwi international's move back to New Zealand has seen his career power forward. Fair to say the move worked out for both the player and the club.

In difficult circumstances and despite numerous halve's partners in 2020 Nikorima produced 15 try assists, 12 line break assists, nine forced drop outs and even managed three tries. In a side that hardly set the world on fire for the majority of the season those are impressive numbers. Look for a huge 2021.

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Kodi Nikorima of the New Zealand Warriors passes the ball during the round 16 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the New Zealand Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium on July 06, 2019 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)


  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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