56. Brian Hambly

One of the toughest forwards of his time, Brian Hambly earned the respect of team-mates and opponents for his dedication in club and representative football.

In addition to 145 premiership games for Souths and Parramatta, Hambly appeared in 18 Tests and three World Cup matches and in the process built a well-deserved reputation for complete forward play.

Hambly was a great ball carrier, devastating defender and was equally at home in the second-row, as a prop and occasionally at lock.

He came into representative football in 1958, when he played for the NSW Colts against Great Britain.

The following season, Hambly played for the Wagga Magpies and it was from there that he gained selection for his first Kangaroo tour.

In England he was chosen as lock in the first two Tests, before being moved into the second row as Johnny Raper's incredible lock-forward talent could not be ignored.

Hambly linked up with Parramatta in 1961 and was a real force in the club's climb up the premiership ladder.

The Eels reached the semi-finals for the first time in 1962 and in the following year made the final. Hambly played his final Test match in 1965, but remained a real force at club level for another two years.

Position: Second Row/Prop.

Clubs: South Sydney 1956–58; Wagga Magpies 1959–60; Parramatta 1961–67.

Club landmarks: None

Games for NSW: 11 (1959–64).

Tests for Australia: 18 (1959–65).

World Cup matches: Three (1960).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1959–60, 1963–64; World Cup 1960; Australian tour of New Zealand 1965.