15. Harold Horder

When rugby league was in its infancy in Australia, there were only a few players with the ability to set the crowd alight every time they touched the ball.

The unpredictable ''Dally'' Messenger was one but perhaps not even he had the electric footwork and prolific try-scoring ability of Harold Horder.

The NSWRL's Rugby League Annual of 1928 said of him: ''If he is not the greatest of all rugby league footballers, he is unquestionably the greatest of all wing three-quarters''.

The flying winger from South Sydney burst onto the scene in 1912 in an end-of-season match against Glebe.

On one of his first touches of the ball, he ran 90 metres, beating defender after defender with a swerving, sidestepping run to the line. The try was the first of more than 200 that Horder would score in his senior career.

The son of a leading runner, Horder honed his skills in regular training sessions in Moore Park, where he would practice sprints and starts.

He went on to play for Souths and Norths in a 13-year career in the premiership, represented New South Wales 20 times and played 13 Tests for Australia.

When he retired he had a career tally of 239 tries from just 194 matches, a strike-rate well over a try per game at all levels of senior football.

He won premierships with Souths and Norths and formed a dynamic partnership with another prolific try scorer, Cec Blinkhorn.

Position: Winger.

Clubs: South Sydney 1912–19, 1924; North Sydney 1920–23; Coorparoo 1925–26.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with Souths 1914, 1918; Norths 1921–22; Scored 152 tries in 136 premiership games.

Games for NSW: 20 (1913–24).

Games for Queensland: One (1925).

Tests for Australia: 13 (1914–24).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1921–22; Australian tour of New Zealand 1919; Scored 35 tries in 25 games on 1921–22 Kangaroo tour.