They're the edge weapons that are not only charged with a heavy defensive workload, but also running off their side's chief orchestrators in attack.
The speedsters score the tries, the playmakers win the awards, but it's the big boppers who do the tough work that gives their team a winning advantage.
Hookers are rugby league's busiest players, required to control the tempo of their team in attack and be a rock in the middle of the park in defence.
A quick glance at Dally M history tells you that halfbacks are considered the most important players in the game. Here are the five best in the business.
Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australia halfback Cooper Cronk has been named the winner of the 2016 Rugby League World Golden Boot.
Melbourne posses some of the Fantasy elite – including the best in the business – and a cut-price veteran might be a popular selection if he proves his fitness.
When you become an NRL club member, you become part of the family of your club. You're close as kin to the players, the coach, the stadium and other members.
Whether they're providing the final pass for their winger or bustling their way through for a four-pointer, these are the best centres in the business.
The race to replace Kevin Proctor on the Storm's right edge is heating up with several candidates pushing hard to impress Melbourne's coaching staff.
They play one of the most important positions on the field both in attack and defence and there is no shortage of great custodians in the game today.