88. Brett Kenny

Brett Kenny is inextricably linked to the Parramatta juggernaut of the early 1980s.

Forming a dynamic scrum-base combination with halfback Peter Sterling and lock Ray Price, it was Kenny at five-eighth who was the connection to the Eels' stellar three-quarters Mick Cronin, Steve Ella and Eric Grothe.

The Eels broke point-scoring barriers and dominated the NSWRL premiership with four grand final victories between 1981 and 1986.

Kenny's ability to read the play was exquisite, leading to numerous intercept tries at key moments. With subtle acceleration, sidestep and dummy, Kenny crossed for 21 tries in an imposing 1983 season.

Kenny was a big-match performer, scoring two tries in each grand final during Parramatta's first three premiership wins.

He was acclaimed the best player in league history by Billy Boston after helping Wigan to win the 1985 Challenge Cup final, when he was named man-of-the match.

In 1986, Kenny and Sterling steered a depleted Parramatta to a fourth premiership with a 4–2 win against Canterbury.

In 1982, Kenny was selected for the 1982 Kangaroo touring party and was the starting five-eighth in all three Ashes Tests, forcing Wally Lewis back to the bench.

In 1986, as a centre, he scored eight tries in five Tests for the unbeaten Kangaroos, the year he was awarded the Golden Boot as the best player in the world. Kenny retired in 1993 after a 265-game career with Parramatta.

Position: Five-eighth/Centre.

Clubs: Parramatta 1980–93; Wigan 1984–85.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with Parramatta 1981–83, 1986; Won Challenge Cup with Wigan 1985

Games for NSW: 17 (1982–87)

Tests for Australia: 17 (1982–87)

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1982, 1986