After looking at fullbacks and centres, this article goes through the top contenders to be Australia’s centres.
5. Jarrod Croker
It’s incredible that Croker has never played a game of international or State of Origin rugby. He has been consistent for the Raiders for a full decade, scoring almost 1300 points. The 30 year old has maybe missed his chance to play for Australia after not getting a call up in 2017 after an impressive two seasons. However, his leadership would be a huge addition to Australia’s World Cup bid if he was included.
4. Josh Morris
Like his brother, Josh has proved that age is just a number in recent seasons. The powerhouse centre has already scored six tries and made four line breaks in 2021, taking his NRL all-time try tally to an impressive 155. With a hat-trick against Newcastle already this season, he seems to be playing some of his best rugby.
3. Zac Lomax
At just 21 years old, Lomax is one of the most well-rounded centres in the NRL. He is an excellent points scorer and is a strong defender, with a 90% tackle success. In 2020, he scored 13 tries and made over 100m per game and was incredibly unfortunate not to play in State of Origin. He is probably a way off being ready for such a big stage, but is full of confidence and would feel able to take on the role.
2. Dane Gagai
Gagai is a wonderful big game player. His performances for Queensland have earned him this reputation – with 11 tries in 16 games for the Maroons. He has not been the most prolific try scorer in the NRL, but consistently gets over the line when given the opportunity. Gagai’s footwork and speed make him a handful and he will be hoping to be a part of the upcoming World Cup.
1. Latrell Mitchell
Mitchell is one of the most talented players in rugby league and is surely going to start for the Kangaroos if fit. His aerial prowess, power and elusive running make him one of the most feared players in the NRL. He is also just 23 years of age despite seemingly having been at the pinnacle of our sport for so long. Since his controversial move to the Rabbitohs, there have been questions raised over his strongest position, but with so many world class players at fullback, he’s most likely to feature at centre.