89. Gene Miles

Gene Miles was an immensely powerful player, equally adept as a centre or the forwards, and was one of those who put back into the game almost as much as he got out of it.

In 2007, he was still playing a vital role in selecting Queensland Origin teams.

There have been few greater sights on the playing field than Miles in full stride, holding off a would-be tackler and throwing his virtually patented one-handed pass to one of his team.

Born in Townsville, Miles made an immediate impact with Wynnum-Manly in 1980, and played his first Origin match in 1982.

A member of two Kangaroo touring squads, 1982 and 1986, his top years were arguably from 1984 to 1986.

In 1990 he retired from international football, but captained the Broncos until 1991, when he was Dally M captain of the year.

He then left for Wigan, where he experienced wins in the Challenge Cup and League Championship.

Mal Meninga wrote in My Game, Your Game: ''Geno was my toughest opposition when it came to making the Test side. When Geno had the ball you had to make a concerted effort to tackle him. He was very quick for a big man, he had a step and if you did get to him he had a good off-load. His defence was strong and Geno was always willing to work hard to take pressure off other players''.

Position: Centre/Second row.

Clubs: Townsville Souths 1978–80; Wynnum-Manly 1981–87; Brisbane Broncos 1988–91; Wigan 1991–92.

Club landmarks: Won Brisbane premierships with Wynnum 1982, 1984, 1986; Won Challenge Cup with Wigan 1992.

Games for Queensland: 24 (1982–89; includes 20 State of Origins 1982–89).

Tests for Australia: 14 (1983–87).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1982, 1986.