37. Andy Norval

In an interview recorded not long before his death in 2006, the great Eastern Suburbs stalwart Dick Dunn stated that Andy Norval was ''the best player I saw ... I saw him do things on a football field that were impossible''.

A player of outstanding versatility, Norval was a member of the famous Easts teams that won premierships in 1935,1936,1937 and 1940. He was best known as a lock, but played his only three Test matches on the 1937–38 Kangaroo tour as a winger.

He grew up in Newcastle, where he was compared with the great Wally Prigg, and joined Easts in 1934 after playing some Australian rules football in South Australia.

On his Kangaroo tour, Norval was understudy to Prigg, the team captain, and was thus rated a long-shot to play any of the Tests on tour, but a combination of injuries to the selected wingers and his outstanding form in the minor matches earned him a place for the third Test against England and Australia's first ever Tests against France.

Sydney fans saw Norval play every position in the backline bar halfback — an amazing achievement for a forward. He was incredibly strong, and intimidating.

''I saw players literally run away from him on the field,'' Dunn recalled.

He also combined spectacular cover defence with an ability to score tries. He finished with 42 tries in 106 first-grade appearances for Easts and scored a try in each of his three Tests.

Position: Lock.

Clubs: South Newcastle 1930–33; Eastern Suburbs 1934–41.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with Easts 1935–37, 1940.

Games for NSW: Eight (1938–41)

Tests for Australia: Three (1937–38).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1937–38.