38. Herb Narvo

Herb Narvo was a grand second-rower, in the words of that great Easts stalwart Dick Dunn, ''almost unstoppable from 20 metres out, a grim tackler and a player of great endurance''.

Luck got him into the 1937–38 Kangaroo squad after he was originally omitted, and wrongly so according to most pundits of the time.

When Joe Pearce broke a leg in a Test in New Zealand en route to England, Narvo got the call, and he belatedly set off on what would be for him a successful campaign.

During his career, Narvo played for a variety of teams, and in the midst of the football and with earlier sporting loves, cricket and cycling, set aside, he also pursued a successful boxing career.

In April 1943 he brought off the fastest knockout win in an Australian title fight, felling the reigning champion, ''Wokka'' Billy Britt, in a mere 25 seconds.

As with many players of his time, the war cut into his league career, but he played four Tests and 18 tour games for Australia and 12 times for NSW.

In Sydney, he won a premiership with Newtown and went close, as captain-coach, to steering St George to victory in 1946.

Position: Second row.

Clubs: Norths Newcastle 1932–36, 1938–42, 1949; Newtown 1937, 1943–45, 1949; St George 1946; Cootamundra 1947; Camden 1948.

Club landmarks: Won premiership with Newtown 1943

Games for NSW: 12 (1938–45)

Tests for Australia: Four (1937–38)

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1937–38