Top 5 five-eighths in the NRL

26 Feb 23, 9:38AM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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A big part of what makes a cohesive Rugby League side is a talented five-eighth.

If a team has a number six with the ability to run the ball and pull off risky plays and at times even control their side in attack then it can go a long way towards winning games.

Many five-eighths have the ability to do some of the above but there is a small group above the rest.


In past years Walker would have been higher on this list but last year his form dip took a dip.

Despite this he still managed to single-handedly win a couple of games for the Rabbitohs by racking up try assists and seemed to find his feet come finals time.


Last season there were questions over whether Matt Burton should be a centre or a five-eighth.

He soon silenced those who debated the former as after a quiet start to the year Burton found his feet, giving great service to the Bulldogs outside backs especially Josh Addo-Carr while boasting one of the most impressive in-play kicking styles in the league.


Love him or hate him, Jarome Luai’s accolades speak for themselves.

The back-to-back premiership winner and State of Origin series winner’s form did drop off at the start of 2022 but once the finals were nearing Luai found his x-factor and his great chemistry with Nathan Cleary reemerged.


In 2022 Dylan Brown arguably had a career-best season as the Parramatta Eels qualified for the NRL Grand Final.

After the season ended he then represented New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup with the Kiwis coming close to eliminating Australia and qualifying for the Final with Brown proving himself on the International stage.


Reigning Dally M Five-eighth of the Year Cameron Munster returned to his peak in 2022 after a poor 2021.

He was quite possibly Melbourne’s best player as he took control of multiple games and put on a clinical performance to win games for the Storm, especially in the early stages of the season.

While these five players showed why they were the best five-eighths in 2022 some are prone to suffer lapses in form and there are plenty of number sixes on the periphery of the top five that could easily move up the rankings throughout this year.

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