61. Ken Irvine

Ken Irvine was the fastest player of his age. He was an athletic try-scoring machine whose place in league's Hall of Fame will never be disputed.

Irvine maintained his place at the highest level of the game for a decade by sheer weight of tries.

His tally of 212 premiership tries is almost 30 more than Billy Slater - who is second on that list.

His 33 tries in 31 Test matches is another record that is likely to stand the test of time.

Ironically, it is a single goal that Irvine is remembered for more than almost any of his phenomenal tally of 356 career tries.

It came in the third Test of 1962 when he landed a goal from the sideline to give Australia a face-saving 18–17 victory over Great Britain.

It is said that Norths' official Tom Hicks saw Irvine in action in a sports carnival when he was 14 and declared, ''If ever I saw a champion on the way, it's this kid ... He has everything''.

Irvine played for 13 seasons with the North Sydney club and scored 171 tries from 176 games, a stunning achievement considering Norths were moderate performers for much of that period.

Irvine left the club in search of a premiership at neighbouring Manly late in his career and featured in back-to-back grand final wins in 1972 and 1973.

Irvine toured three times with the Kangaroos and remained one of league's most popular figures until his death in 1990.

Position: Winger.

Clubs: North Sydney 1958–70; Manly 1971–73.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with Manly 1972–73; Scored premiership record 212 tries in 236 premiership games.

Games for NSW: 30 (1959–67).

Tests for Australia: 31 (1959–67).

World Cup matches: Two (1960).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1959–60, 1963–64, 1967–68; World Cup 1960; Australia tours of New Zealand 1961, 1965; Scored record 33 Test tries for Australia.