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Who were the greatest ever Canberra Raiders starting props?

Sam Backo
9
11%
Luke Davico
1
1%
David Grant
2
3%
Glenn Lazarus
36
46%
Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
1
1%
Scott Logan
1
1%
John Lomax
4
5%
Paul Osborne
0
No votes
Quentin Pongia
2
3%
David Shillington
6
8%
Brent Todd
1
1%
Dane Tilse
2
3%
Ruben Wiki
14
18%
 
Total votes: 79

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30 Years Canberra Raiders Dream Team: Props

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30 Years Canberra Raiders Dream Team: Props

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To celebrate the 30th season, The Greenhouse has already conducted a series of polls this year to determine the top 30 moments in Canberra Raiders history. Now, as the season rounds out, we'll be conducting a series of polls to determine The Greenhouse 30 Years Dream Team... the best squad of 17 players in the Canberra Raiders history.

Some years ago, a similar vote was taken and this was the result:

1. Gary BELCHER
2. John FERGUSON
3. Mal MENINGA (c)
4. Peter JACKSON
5. Noa NADRUKU
6. Laurie DALEY
7. Ricky STUART
13. Bradley CLYDE
12. David FURNER
11. Ruben WIKI
10. Glenn LAZARUS
9. Steve WALTERS
8. Sam BACKO

14. Brett MULLINS
15. Jason CROKER
16. Brent TODD
17. Chris O'SULLIVAN

So has the passing of an additional five years or so made a difference?

In familiar fashion, we'll take it position by position. Players need to have played 40 or more first grade games to qualify to be part of each poll. If you'd like to vote for a player not mentioned in the poll, you just have to post the player's name.

So it is on to the forwards, and we'll start with the nominations for prop. You have TWO votes in this poll. You may change your initial vote later. Note that a player like Ruben Wiki will also be nominated for the second row:

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Sam Backo

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Luke Davico

David Grant

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Glenn Lazarus

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Tom Learoyd-Lahrs

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Scott Logan

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John Lomax

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Paul Osborne

Quentin Pongia

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David Shillington

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Brent Todd

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Dane Tilse

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Ruben Wiki
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wow, this is tough. lazarus for sure then i will go with sam backo. special mention to brent todd.
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Lazo was the premier prop for a very long time. Automatic choice.

Slammin Sam was my other , Wiki for me was a backrower and will slot into that position
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You could honestly select any of those players.

We have had some fantastic props over the years. Simply amazing.

I always had a fond spot for Brent Todd. He was slow, threw an intercept pass in the 89 GF (First time he ever passed I think) and never scored a try for us.....I think he scored one try in his whole career. But, Todd was reliable. He was a brick in defence and hardly missed a tackle. He would run it up all day and never let you down.

Sadly, I couldn't vote for him.

Glen Lazarus was hands down the best prop I have ever seen. An amazing player for his size.

I voted Wiki and Lazo. I had to vote for Muss. He played over 200 games for us and was our fear factor for many years. One of my favourite sites in the game was a Wiki hit.
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How often did Wiki play in the frontrow for us?

serious question if anyone knows
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Not many, compared to the back row, so that's why it was noted he'd also be nominated for the second row poll also.
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Lazurus and Troy Thompson for me
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Brett White bound for future honours IMO. :cmon
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Raidersrawesome wrote:Lazo was the premier prop for a very long time. Automatic choice.

Slammin Sam was my other , Wiki for me was a backrower and will slot into that position
Ditto. The Brick with Eyes was an obvious choice. Then I remembered how Slammin Sam won the Man of Match in Stae of Origin at least twice on one series and that made up my mind.
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Pretty clear to me that Wiki should not be in props, second row is his best spot... but anyway, that's my opinion! Lazarus way in the lead, we need some more votes for the second prop!
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Glenn Lazarus is number one and would be at the broncos and the storm
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Someone was asking how many games Ruben Wiki played front row for Canberra. It is only 18 of 225 appearances. The majority of his appearances for the Raiders was in the second row.

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PS, in all these polls you may change your vote(s). ;)

And don't forget, you have TWO votes in this poll. At least one person's missed their second vote!
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greeneyed wrote:Someone was asking how many games Ruben Wiki played front row for Canberra. It is only 18 of 225 appearances. The majority of his appearances for the Raiders was in the second row.

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for this reason he shouldnt be considered.

He and DF will win the 2nd row spots I would imagine. It would be a shame if he took at front row spot when he only played 8% of his game there ( thats if my maths is correct )
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Actually, Wiki also played 85 of his games for us at centre, and 97 at second row, the remainder at bench or even on the wing.
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Post by edwahu »

Lazzo and Backo pretty easily still. Shillo and TLL can put pressure on with a couple more of their best seasons.

Special mention though to Davico who I still think is under rated and very unlucky to not play Origin.
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Lazzo and Slammin' Sam for me too.
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I'll go for two locally developed Props. Lazo is a must. He is to me the best all round Front Row Forward I have seen. Such size, speed and defensive awareness. He always got his side/s going forward. Although he was never selected for Rep sides I'll go with Luke 'Statue' Davico as the second prop. For 10 years he carted us forward and he had the respect of those he played with like Stewart, Daley, Clyde, Furner, Wiki, Mullins. It was a shame he suffered so much injury towards the end of his career with us. A torn pectoral (He was before his time with that one) saw him leave us to head for England where he did the same injury again and then to the Knights where injury again hampered him. Not the largest prop to play for us, but he never took a backward step with the ball in hand.
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