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Stand-Out Players of the 2015 NRL Season

October 3, 2015 Rugby 6 min read BACK

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Another NRL season is almost over, with some solid football being displayed this year. It’s always difficult to strip back the highlights and select who the best players are in a particular season and 2015 has been no different. But, there are some serious contenders who have displayed their true quAnother NRL season is almost over, with some solid football being displayed this year. It’s always difficult to strip back the highlights and select who the best players are in a particular season and 2015 has been no different. But, there are some serious contenders who have displayed their true qualities, and are definitely worth making any list of the best this year.

Tui Lolohea – Warriors

This young player has proven he belongs in first grade football this year, with his commitment to the game evident no matter what position he has played. Whilst he finished the season as a halfback, his performances at centre have been nothing short of exceptional. Such efforts helped put him in contention for rookie of the year, and it’s safe to say his skills will only grow in the years to come.

Brett Morris – Bulldogs

As a winger for the Dragons, Brett Morris showed his skill and flair for the game, but signing on with the Bulldogs in the centre position had many commentators doubting his transition to the new club. Morris took this in his stride and came out blazing. With a try in his first game, five in only 11 games and some significant metres run, he has been instrumental in getting the Bulldogs into their competitive position.

Johnathan Thurston – Storm

This name is no stranger to lists like this. Thurston continues to shine and is one of the greatest playmakers the game has ever seen. He is always cool under pressure and has an innate ability to inspire his side, even when the chips are down. And of note, Thurston recently won the prestigious honour of being named Player of the Year.

Semi Radradra – Eels

One of the most exciting players to set foot on the field this season, Radradra has shown his talents on the try line and displayed his explosive game throughout the entire season. He’s become an idol amongst younger fans of the game for very good reason. A worthy addition to this list.

Ryan Hoffman – Warriors

Signed to the Warriors in 2015, Ryan Hoffman wasted no time in showing them his true class. His speed, especially down the left line is second to none and helped him score tries in his first three games for the Warriors, which is no mean feat. His form and infectious professionalism has had an obvious impact on the entire side and has helped the cohesiveness of the team.

Michael Ennis – Sharks

As a team captain and leader of his side, Ennis has shown nothing but class and inspiration this season. No fan of the game, whether a Sharks supporter or not, can deny his contribution.

Josh Jackson – Bulldogs

As a second rower, some could be forgiven for thinking that Josh Jackson is a one trick pony. However, this season he has displayed nothing but versatility in all of his appearances. Whether it is his brutal tackling abilities, agile defense, or committed offense, Jackson has shown that he is willing to do all that is necessary to keep his team moving forward. A true commitment to the game and his side, he is one to respect.

Cameron Smith – Storm

As captain of his side, Smith leads by example. He’s only missed one game due to his State of Origin duties and his exemplary display of skill never ceases to amaze. The most versatile hooker around, he is a true all rounder with a raw talent and seasoned professionalism that just can’t be ignored.

Jake Granville – Cowboys

Scoring nine tries and nine line breaks (the most of any hooker this season), Jake Granville has proven that the Cowboys have more to offer the hall of fame than just Johnathan Thurston. The hooker position has troubled the Cowboys for years but Granville made it his own this year, becoming one of the most dangerous rakes in the competition.

Sam Kasiano – Bulldogs

As a big forward, Kasiano’s impact is felt by opposing sides in every match. His natural size and strength are obvious traits that explain much of his effectiveness on the front row, but he is also a true gem in other aspects of the game. Despite his size and position, he has shown a great ability to read the field and the game, utilising his quick hands and agile touch to provide huge value to his team’s plays.

Tui Lolohea – Warriors

This young player has proven he belongs in first grade football this year, with his commitment to the game evident no matter what position he has played. Whilst he finished the season as a halfback, his performances at centre have been nothing short of exceptional. Such efforts helped put him in contention for rookie of the year, and it’s safe to say his skills will only grow in the years to come.

Brett Morris – Bulldogs

As a winger for the Dragons, Brett Morris showed his skill and flair for the game, but signing on with the Bulldogs in the centre position had many commentators doubting his transition to the new club. Morris took this in his stride and came out blazing. With a try in his first game, five in only 11 games and some significant metres run, he has been instrumental in getting the Bulldogs into their competitive position.

Johnathan Thurston – Storm

This name is no stranger to lists like this. Thurston continues to shine and is one of the greatest playmakers the game has ever seen. He is always cool under pressure and has an innate ability to inspire his side, even when the chips are down. And of note, Thurston recently won the prestigious honour of being named Player of the Year.

Semi Radradra – Eels

One of the most exciting players to set foot on the field this season, Radradra has shown his talents on the try line and displayed his explosive game throughout the entire season. He’s become an idol amongst younger fans of the game for very good reason. A worthy addition to this list.

Ryan Hoffman – Warriors

Signed to the Warriors in 2015, Ryan Hoffman wasted no time in showing them his true class. His speed, especially down the left line is second to none and helped him score tries in his first three games for the Warriors, which is no mean feat. His form and infectious professionalism has had an obvious impact on the entire side and has helped the cohesiveness of the team.

Michael Ennis – Sharks

As a team captain and leader of his side, Ennis has shown nothing but class and inspiration this season. No fan of the game, whether a Sharks supporter or not, can deny his contribution.

Josh Jackson – Bulldogs

As a second rower, some could be forgiven for thinking that Josh Jackson is a one trick pony. However, this season he has displayed nothing but versatility in all of his appearances. Whether it is his brutal tackling abilities, agile defense, or committed offense, Jackson has shown that he is willing to do all that is necessary to keep his team moving forward. A true commitment to the game and his side, he is one to respect.

Cameron Smith – Storm

As captain of his side, Smith leads by example. He’s only missed one game due to his State of Origin duties and his exemplary display of skill never ceases to amaze. The most versatile hooker around, he is a true all rounder with a raw talent and seasoned professionalism that just can’t be ignored.

Jake Granville – Cowboys

Scoring nine tries and nine line breaks (the most of any hooker this season), Jake Granville has proven that the Cowboys have more to offer the hall of fame than just Johnathan Thurston. The hooker position has troubled the Cowboys for years but Granville made it his own this year, becoming one of the most dangerous rakes in the competition.

Sam Kasiano – Bulldogs

As a big forward, Kasiano’s impact is felt by opposing sides in every match. His natural size and strength are obvious traits that explain much of his effectiveness on the front row, but he is also a true gem in other aspects of the game. Despite his size and position, he has shown a great ability to read the field and the game, utilising his quick hands and agile touch to provide huge value to his team’s plays.

With so many talented players, it is almost impossible to come up with a list like this, but these soldiers of the game have shown the nation what they are made of during the 2015 season and have been hard to ignore. It’s a great time for the NRL and players like these show what’s in store for the future of the game.

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