67. Billy Smith

Billy Smith is remembered as one of the great halfbacks, but his initial impact in the St George team of the 1960s was as a centre, partnering the great Reg Gasnier in grand final victories in 1963, 1964 and 1965.

Sandwiched between those premiership victories, in 1964 Smith was named as the NSW halfback for the games against Queensland and then as Australia's half for three Tests against France.

This was the beginning of a stellar international career, perhaps the highlight being his feat of winning the Harry Sunderland medal as the best Australian player in a home Test series in 1966 against Great Britain and the following year against New Zealand.

Smith played in five of the six Tests on the 1967–68 Kangaroo tour and was a key member of the Australian team that won the World Cup in 1968 and 1970.

He captained his country against Great Britain during the 1970 Cup.

Ian Walsh called him ''one of the gutsiest halfbacks I ever played with'', while another St George hooker, Steve Edge, always ''marvelled at just how tough he was''.

On the club scene, Smith was one of the great players of his era, racking up an incredible 296 games with the Saints, 234 of them in first-grade.

''Billy gave it 110 per cent,'' said Norm Provan. ''He was the best halfback that I've ever seen go around.''

Position: Halfback/Centre.

Club: St George 1961, 1963–77.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with St George 1961, 1963–66.

Games for NSW: 17 (1964–73).

Tests for Australia: 18 (1964–70).

World Cup matches: Eight (1968–70) — one as captain

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1967–68; World Cups 1968, 1970; Australian tour of New Zealand 1965.