15th Anniversary Team: Second-Rowers
Wests Tigers are asking Members and fans to help select the Club’s 15th Anniversary Team by voting online for the various positions.
Just two positions are yet to be voted on, with this week’s focus on the best Wests Tigers second rowers of all time.
There are seven nominees to choose from.
The top two polling players will be revealed, along with the entire Team of 15 Years, at the Club’s 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Tuesday, July 15.
After six seasons with the Balmain Tigers, Mark O’Neill joined the inaugural Wests Tigers team in 2000 and went on to play a total of 121 NRL matches for the joint venture. O’Neill was named Wests Tigers Club Captain for the 2005 season and was part of the premiership victory over North Queensland.
Another member of the inaugural Wests Tigers side, Darren Senter captained the Club from 2000 through to 2004. Sharing his time between second row and hooker, Senter made 96 appearances for Wests Tigers and represented City Origin while at the Club.
A highly talented back rower, Simon Dwyer played 35 NRL games for Wests Tigers from 2009 through to 2011. In the 2010 qualifying final, Dwyer put on what is considered one of the greatest hits of all-time on Roosters’ prop Jared Warea-Hargreaves. Dwyer represented City Origin in 2011 and scored a try. Unfortunately later that year, Dwyer suffered a serious injury in a match against Canterbury Bulldogs.
Ben Galea played a total of 150 NRL matches for Wests Tigers from 2000 through to 2007. Highlights of Galea’s career include making his representative debut for City Origin in 2001 and winning the NRL premiership in 2005. Scoring 32 tries for the Club, Galea also forged a successful Super League career with Hull KR and then Hull FC.
Making his NRL debut for Wests Tigers in 2001, Anthony Laffranchi played 102 games for the Club before his departure at the end of the 2006 season. A member of the 2005 premiership-winning side, Laffranchi scored 18 tries and represented Country Origin during his time with the Club.
Bronson Harrison played a total of 79 NRL matches during his five-year stint with Wests Tigers. Making his debut in 2004, Harrison scored 10 tries and represented New Zealand before joining the Canberra Raiders in 2009.
Considered one of the best English imports to ever play in the NRL, Gareth Ellis made 75 appearances for the Wests Tigers over a four-year stint. Ellis won the Wests Tigers Player of the Year for three consecutive years (2009-11). An English International, Ellis crossed for 10 tries during his short, but successful period at Wests Tigers.
To vote, select your favourite player from the list below.
Voting for second row closes this Sunday, June 15 at 11:59pm AEST.