Origin Greats: Who are the best props?

THE men are getting bigger as we near kick off for the first game of the 2015 State of Origin series opener.

Today, just a week out from kick-off, we will examine the greatest props to wear a maroon or sky blue jersey.

And it's here that we see greats like Arthur Beetson, Paul Harragon, Steve Roach and Petero Civoniceva enter the arena.

It's part of our Origin Greats series, where two league legends, King Wally Lewis and Benny Elias, have picked their best ever teams, and you have the chance to test yourself against them.

But there's a catch: they'll name teams from opposing states, with Lewis naming his best NSW Origin side and Elias selecting his all-time best Queensland team.

The public poll results and the picks of Lewis and Elias will run in print and online on game day, May 27.

So far we've looked at the fullbacks, wingers, centres, five-eighths and halfbacks. Today we'll examine the props.


This is a department where the Blues really stood out in the engine room.

Glenn Lazarus was the king of props, a player who carried the ball without any fear and earned enormous respect as a winner.

Paul "The Chief" Harragon and Steve "Blocker" Roach weren't too far behind Lazzo with the way they hit the ball up in a ferocious manner.

They were the Big Boppers who did the hard and dirty work for the glamour boys and loved it.

Mark "Spud" Carroll and Dean Pay were two of the hardest men to pull on a NSW jumper and they make up an exceptionally impressive list.

Vote: Who did Wally pick as the best Blues prop? Click on the poll to consider all options.


So many tough men to choose from right back to Rod Morris in game one in 1980 .

Of course he played only game but the late, great Arthur Beetson heads Queensland's nominations.

He laid the foundations for Origin to become the phenomenon it is by belting his Parramatta team-mate Mick Cronin in game one at Lang Park thus setting the state against state, mate against mate mantra.

Greg Dowling was a pillar for the Maroons in the early years, Shane Webcke only knew one way to run, straight and hard no matter what the reception.

Big Fijian Petero "seventy cents a litre" Civoniceva was the rock on which Queensland built its record eight straight wins while the unfashionable Martin Bella always gave his best for the Maroon jumper and had an enormous heart.

Vote: Who did Benny pick as the best Maroons prop? Click on the poll to consider all options.

Click here to vote on the fullbacks

Click here to vote on the wingers

Click here to vote on the centres

Click here to vote on the five-eighths

Click here to vote on the halfbacks

Did we miss any other worthy props? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.