NRL wingers come in all shapes and sizes from the incredible athletes of Jason Saab to the human wrecking balls like Brian To’o.
But, their role in finishing superb tries, helping their team out of defence and being able to maintain key positioning have all become increasingly important for the modern day winger.
Just which five NRL wingers make the list?
5. Alex Johnston
The South Sydney Rabbitohs hero registered 27 tries, 35 linebreaks, 48 tackle breaks and 122 metres per game in 2021. Alex Johnston will always be a strike threat for the Sydney club and he will likely become even more important in 2022.
4. Daniel Tupou
Ever Mr. Reliable for Sydney Roosters, Daniel Tupou – aka ‘The Giraffe – is one of the NRL’s most consistent wingers and has been for some time. In 2021, Tupou’s try-scoring exploits were a little down on previous years with just 14, but he still managed 17 linebreaks, 53 tackle breaks and 178 metres per game.
3. Josh Addo-Carr
Perhaps one of the most surprising transfers in the off-season, Josh Addo-Carr will be a Canterbury Bulldog in 2022 after excelling for Melbourne Storm. ‘The Foxx’ posted some brilliant statistics in 2021 – 23 tries, 28 linebreaks, 74 tackle breaks and 127 metres per game with his electrifying pace devastating defenders.
2. Brian To’o
Narrowly missing out on the number one spot, Brian To’o enjoyed a stellar 2021, winning the Premiership with Penrith whilst underlining his credentials as one of the most exciting wingers in the game. To’o averaged a remarkable 250 metres per game (most in the NRL) and also crossed for 14 tries in the regular season.
1. Reuben Garrick
He won the Dally M Winger of the Year alongside Penrith’s Brian To’o but Manly’s Reuben Garrick takes the number one spot purely because of his importance to the Sea Eagles’ outfit. Garrick had 36 linebreaks and averaged just shy of 160 metres per game in 2021, with 21 tries in 24 games.