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These are the players our current NRL stars wanted to play with.

History is such an important part of the fabric of rugby league so we asked our modern stars which current greats or former legends they would have most liked to have played one game alongside.

Chris McQueen (Titans)

Darren Lockyer, that's easy. My first time coming into Origin was a year or two after he retired and that's always one thing I would have loved to have done, play with Darren Lockyer. I grew up in Kingaroy so Brisbane was our nearest NRL team so I grew up supporting the Broncos and loving watching him play.

Matt Prior (Sharks)

Growing up I always liked watching Sonny Bill Williams play, he was definitely one of my favourite players and a guy I would love to play alongside. Another was [former Roosters forward] Adrian Morley. He just looked like a tough player that always competed and he would just give it his all each week for the Roosters.

Akuila Uate (Knights)

Can I pick two? I would definitely have loved to play alongside the 'Chief' (Paul Harrogan) and 'Joey' (Andrew Johns). I was only about 16 or 17 in SG Ball and Joey was still around playing before he hurt his neck and I used to see him at training and think, Oh my God! each time. That was my dream to just get on the field one game because I knew how good he was. I did play in a trial at Cessnock back in 2006 or 2007 with him but he came off when I went on so I don't count that.

Joe Greenwood (Titans)

Over here I would have loved to have played with Sonny Bill [Williams], just to be around his presence. Back home there's a few, guys like Jamie Peacock, Keiron Cunningham. I only just missed Keiron by a couple of years and they said he were an unbelievable player to play with and he's a legend at St Helens.

Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos)

I know he isn't retired but it has to be Greg Inglis. He's just an awesome player and such a freak at what he does. Growing up I used to watch his highlights instead of watching any highlights of the forwards. That's just how I was.

Marty Taupau (Sea Eagles)

One would actually be Johnathan Thurston, I've never played with him. He was at the Bulldogs when I was very young so it would be either him or Sonny Bill Williams. I've played against Sonny when I was at the Tigers and he was at the Roosters and one thing I learnt was, you don't run at him. He's a hard human.

Chris Heighington (Sharks)

Definitely Brad Fittler. I used to love the way he played and he was an outstanding competitor that played in a lot of grand finals. As a teenager I used to watch him play at Penrith before he made his way to the Roosters and the team he had never lost many games. He was just so skilful with a good kicking game and seemed like a good fella.

Anthony Don (Titans)

Either Brad Fittler or my grandfather, Ron Willey. 'Freddy' was my idol growing up and he's just a character. I've heard a few old stories about Ron, just that he was a fullback that used to show people the sideline and then try and cut them down and a bit of a goal-kicker as well.

Frank Winterstein (Sea Eagles)

That's a tough one. Can I say two? I'd probably say Terry Lamb and Jim Dymock. I was a Belmore boy growing up, born in Canterbury Hospital and they were my team growing up. They were two players that could do anything with the ball in their hands. I was quite fortunate to be coached by both of them. I had 'Baa' when I was at the Doggies and Jimmy when I was at the Roosters coming up through Jersey Flegg. Very skilful players, real old school footy, they were magic.

David Fusitu'a

I played with him! It was Ali [Lauitiiti], I played reserves with him and it was buzzy man. He was just as good as I watched growing up, and while he was a bit older the skill was still there and his offload and everything. I really enjoyed playing with him.

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