Jesbass_old

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Onekey? With that broad kiwi accent I thought you said honky.

Sorry mate, but 47 cards, all of which depicted David Myles still in their plastic wrappers with a sticker on the back saying "To be sold at bargain prices on ebay" was enough for me. After that game I restricted myself to signing meat pies with tomato sauce and woman's clothing if the opportunity arose.

But the opportunity never arose, did it, big guy...more's the pity...
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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www.nzherald.co.nz

It is rugby league's most exclusive club. The Immortals number just seven but New Zealand Rugby League director of football Graham Lowe wants that number increased by one.

And he's not beating Andrew Johns' drum, but the Warriors' very own Steve Price.

"Steve Price should be made a member of the Immortals," Lowe said. "He stands apart from all other front rowers in the game. I know it's a different era and his role is slightly different from 20 years ago, but what he's doing at the moment is nothing short of remarkable.

"It's not like he's just a little bit better than the rest."

There are only seven Immortals, Australia's greatest players. Clive Churchill, Bob Fulton, Reg Gasnier, and Johnny Raper were selected in the original group in 1985. Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis and Arthur Beetson have since been added.

Price had another monster game for the Warriors in their Friday night demolition of the Panthers.

He made 220m, 26 hitups, 25 tackles, six offloads and played for 72-straight minutes, a rarity for a prop.

"Steve Price ticks every box," Lowe said. "It's just everything about him. He represents what this game is all about.

"He has set the benchmark for all young front rowers in the game. If you name the most consistent players off the top of your head, Steve Price is first, second and third."

The ultra-modest front rower was gobsmacked to hear Lowe's comments. "I should be become an immortal? I don't know about that," he said. "They are quite outstanding, those guys in that group. I think there are players who are way before me, like Darren Lockyer and Andrew Johns.

"No. It's very nice for him to say that, very nice, but I don't think I'm anywhere near that. I'm really happy with how things are going and I would like to finish on the highest note when I do finish."

Former Origin teammate Ben Ikin said joining the Immortals might be a stretch, but he was happy for Price to take the plaudits that came his way.


"Immortals are guys who have changed the game and defined a generation. It's the cricket equivalent of Shane Warne," he said.

"I'm happy for Graham Lowe to say things like that because it shows how highly valued he is over there even though he's an Australian."

Price is in the form of his life, steamrolling the New South Wales' forwards in Origin I and II and almost single-handedly dragging his struggling Warriors to respectability.

However, he is not even leading the charge for the Dally M medal, the NRL's most prestigious individual honour voted for annually.

After round 14, Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah was leading the polls, which become hidden after round 16, with 25 points. Price has 14, a total that puts him behind Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith, Greg Bird, Scott Prince, Danny Buderus and Kurt Gidley.

"He's got to be a major contender for the Dally M Player of the Year, particularly if the Warriors can get on a roll," Lowe said. "I can't remember the last front rower who won the award because most are prone to injury or get in trouble with referees.

"Steve Price has reinvented himself. I think he's a better player now than when he was younger, and he was a fantastic player then."

Ikin said it was extremely difficult for props to make much headway with the judges.

"Traditionally, players in his position don't tend to win awards like this. Normally they go to the ball players and guys who grab the headlines. But he's grabbed a few [headlines] himself this season and has had some wonderful performances.

"I was blown away with his performance against the Sharks three days after State of Origin. He's in career-best form at an age when most players in his position start to wind down a bit. If he keeps going the way he is, there's no reason why he can't win it."

Price is philosophical. "I've never got anything there except captain of the year and I think I got that because I had to deal with a couple of issues at the Bulldogs. I have two of those.

"It's something that's in the back of your mind only because it's the elite of the competition," he said. "It's a bit hard because it's someone's opinion every week so there are times when you play well and you don't get any points and others when you do when you probably don't think you play well."

If Price has his critics, it is those who say he is a one-dimensional metre-eater, an argument with which Lowe couldn't disagree more.

"One of the most important things about Steve is that he is someone that can break the line as well. He's not just a yardage player."

* Should Steve Price be made an immortal or is Graham Lowe off his rocker? Email: michael.brown@heraldonsunday.co.nz.
 
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Northern_Union

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Who cares?

We have the NZRL hall of fame to think about. I thought Lowe was ment to be looking after rugby league in NZ.
 

Mone_old

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I would say no, he shouldnt, that is an exclusive club, Pricey has been playing amazingly well but no.
 

sebastian_old

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What i do think Steve Price should get & deserves & will be extremely unlucky not to get is "prop of the year" at the end of year awards.
 

playdaball_old

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Lowe is having a laugh i.e. - Pricey is not good enough. Joey Johns will get there
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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I think what he (lowe) says is interesting, if you consider those who are in that exclusive club. Those players were mightly exceptional and Joey looks the most likely. Still thou good of him to mention Pricey
 

Joe 90_old

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Ikin's right. The Immortals are those that defined their generation. Churchill, Beatson, Lewis and co. Johns falls into this category. As great as Price has been, he's not quite in that league. I'd rate him the same as Menzies. Consistently good over a long period of time.

Shoe in for prop of the year though.
 

Jesbass_old

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What i do think Steve Price should get & deserves & will be extremely unlucky not to get is "prop of the year" at the end of year awards.

Just like he was last year, despite averaging more metres per game than any other prop - the main role of a prop. He also earned more Dally M points than any other prop, but still missed out. Politics, eh? ;)
 

Jesbass_old

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It's because we didn't make the finals, Skins. All of the winners came from teams in the top eight. It's a pity because it's supposed to be about the best players - not the best players in the best teams.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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Ikin's right. The Immortals are those that defined their generation. Churchill, Beatson, Lewis and co. Johns falls into this category. As great as Price has been, he's not quite in that league. I'd rate him the same as Menzies. Consistently good over a long period of time.

Shoe in for prop of the year though.
Totally agree... as much as I love Pricey... he shouldnt become an immortal.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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It's because we didn't make the finals, Skins. All of the winners came from teams in the top eight. It's a pity because it's supposed to be about the best players - not the best players in the best teams.
Yup, absolutely. If you aren't finals material then nobody cares. Aah isn't life great :p
 

sebastian_old

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Good reminder, Price really deserves to win this award, i mean who in the whole NRL has been more consistant than Steve Price, he's broken a record twice this year. Super human effort by Price who probabaly won't win because were outnumbered in the fans department but my lord he deserves some damn end of year award. Steve Price i thank you sincerely as a fan for the culture & consistancy as a player you have brought to this club, i have no doubt we'd still be a mess on the field if it wasn't for your signing & it must go down as the best signing the Warriors have ever made!!!
 

kingdamo_old

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Get your votes in, I've got all my family to vote for Pricey ;)
 

Jesbass_old

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Good reminder, Price really deserves to win this award, i mean who in the whole NRL has been more consistant than Steve Price, he's broken a record twice this year. Super human effort by Price who probabaly won't win because were outnumbered in the fans department but my lord he deserves some damn end of year award. Steve Price i thank you sincerely as a fan for the culture & consistancy as a player you have brought to this club, i have no doubt we'd still be a mess on the field if it wasn't for your signing & it must go down as the best signing the Warriors have ever made!!!

Thrice, actually. He broke it again on the weekend.

It's not just about on-field performances, though. It's about the off-field aspects of a player. So my vote still goes to Price! :D
 

MarkW_old

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I can't think of a player that deserves it more than Pricey this year.

I made my vote count.
 

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