47. Brian Davies

Brian Davies ranks as one of Queensland's greatest and most distinguished forwards.

Great Britain's great five-eighth David Bolton, who tangled with him in the 1958 series, said, ''Davies was as fit and as determined as any man I have ever played against''.

That series, although a losing one for Australia, was a crowning achievement of Davies' career, as he had the honour of leading Australia in all three Tests against Alan Prescott's tourists.

His first taste of international football had come long before — back in the history-making series of 1950 when he was a reserve in the Australian squad but didn't get to put a foot onto the field of battle.

In 1951, as a second-rower, he made his debut, playing in all three Tests against the French.

Graduating to prop, Davies made two Kangaroo tours and played in the first two World Cups.

On the arrival home of the 1952–53 Kangaroos, team manager Latchem Robinson identified the greatness of Davies, naming him man of the tour.

Said Robinson: ''Davies developed into a colossal forward overseas and must now rank with the all-time great second-rowers''.

Four years later, Britain's Official Rugby League Yearbook nominated Davies as the most constructive of the Australian forwards. In 1958, his last international campaign, captain Davies was the only resident Queenslander in the Australian team which fell 2–1 to Great Britain.

Position: Second row/Prop.

Clubs: Brisbane Brothers 1948–58, 1964; Canterbury 1959–62; St George (Qld) 1963.

Club landmarks: Won Brisbane premierships with Brothers 1956, 1958.

Games for Queensland: 37 (1950–58).

Tests for Australia: 27 (1951–58) — three as captain.

World Cup matches: Six (1954–57).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1952–53, 1956–57; Australian tour of New Zealand 1953; World Cups 1954, 1957.