27. George Treweek

They called George Treweek ''Arms and Legs'' because of his wild and ungainly running style, but it was those same limbs that wrought havoc on the football fields of Australia and England in the 1920s and 1930s.

Treweek stood 188cm, making him the tallest player of his era and his ability to split the defence made him one of the game's great second-rowers.

On the Kangaroo tour of 1929–30 the English press described him as the greatest forward in the world.

Back home in Australia, Treweek worked as a butcher which meant 4am starts and on match days he would be serving customers until midday before gathering his gear and heading off to the game.

On tour, Treweek had the luxury of sleeping in every day and when he confronted the big English packs he was full of energy.

Treweek was a towering figure in South Sydney's golden era of the 1920s and 1930s, in which the club won seven titles in eight years.

He captained Souths in the 1932 decider and after declining a second Kangaroo tour for business reasons in 1933–34, wound up his career at the end of 1934.

The great league scribe Tom Goodman, who died in 1989, always reckoned George Treweek was the finest second-rower of them all.

Position: Second row.

Club: South Sydney 1926–34.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with Souths 1926–29, 1931–32.

Games for NSW: 22 (1927–33).

Tests for Australia: Seven (1928–30).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1929–30.