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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles is a rugby league club located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney Australia. They have enjoyed a great sporting history with very few hard times in the last 60 years of this tough contact sport. I have decided to pin together a board of the greatest ever Sea Eagle players who have played for this great club. I will post a squad of 25 from the 500 plus players who have run out onto Brookvale Oval. Comments and debate most welcome.
24. Steve Matai 2005 to 2017 (230 games) Center.  Steve is a New Zealand international of Samoan Heritage. Matai joined the Manly Sea Eagles in 2005 after impressing during a strong pre season of training and trials at the Brookvale Oval. Steve is a big game intimidating player for opposition teams. He is known for his brutal 'up and in' one on one defense. He is a sharp dummy half runner who makes plenty of meters every game. He has played in three Grand Finals 2007, 2008 and 2011.

24. Steve Matai 2005 to 2017 (230 games) Center. Steve is a New Zealand international of Samoan Heritage. Matai joined the Manly Sea Eagles in 2005 after impressing during a strong pre season of training and trials at the Brookvale Oval. Steve is a big game intimidating player for opposition teams. He is known for his brutal 'up and in' one on one defense. He is a sharp dummy half runner who makes plenty of meters every game. He has played in three Grand Finals 2007, 2008 and 2011.

20. Noel "Crusher" Cleal 1985 -1989 (125 games) Noel was destructive Second Rower who represented NSW in the State of Origin Series and the Australian national rugby league team. His Sydney career started with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1980 where he played at Centre. He followed coach Bob Fulton to Manly in 1983. Fulton switched Cleal to Second Row, a move which assisted Cleal's ascendancy to State and National representative honours. He tasted premiership in 1987

20. Noel "Crusher" Cleal 1985 -1989 (125 games) Noel was destructive Second Rower who represented NSW in the State of Origin Series and the Australian national rugby league team. His Sydney career started with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1980 where he played at Centre. He followed coach Bob Fulton to Manly in 1983. Fulton switched Cleal to Second Row, a move which assisted Cleal's ascendancy to State and National representative honours. He tasted premiership in 1987

17. Paul Vautin 1979-89 (204 games) Lock. Paul an Australian Kangaroos and Queensland State of Origin representative lock or second-row forward, Vautin played club football in Brisbane with Wests before moving to Sydney and playing with Manly-Warringah, with whom he won the 1987 premiership as captain. After playing, Vautin became a sports commentator for Channel 9. Later, during Super League war, he was hired to coach Queensland, taking the Maroons to a 3–0 whitewash of New South Wales in…

17. Paul Vautin 1979-89 (204 games) Lock. Paul an Australian Kangaroos and Queensland State of Origin representative lock or second-row forward, Vautin played club football in Brisbane with Wests before moving to Sydney and playing with Manly-Warringah, with whom he won the 1987 premiership as captain. After playing, Vautin became a sports commentator for Channel 9. Later, during Super League war, he was hired to coach Queensland, taking the Maroons to a 3–0 whitewash of New South Wales in…

18. Jamie Lyon 2007-2016 (224 games) Centre. Jamie was co-captain of the Manly club with Jason King. He is an Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative goal-kicking centre, he played his first club football for the Parramatta Eels before joining English club St. Helens, with whom he won the 2006 Championship and Challenge Cup titles. Lyon then returned to the NRL with Manly. He lost a Grand Final in 2007, but played in the 2008 and 2011 Grand Finals wins.

18. Jamie Lyon 2007-2016 (224 games) Centre. Jamie was co-captain of the Manly club with Jason King. He is an Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative goal-kicking centre, he played his first club football for the Parramatta Eels before joining English club St. Helens, with whom he won the 2006 Championship and Challenge Cup titles. Lyon then returned to the NRL with Manly. He lost a Grand Final in 2007, but played in the 2008 and 2011 Grand Finals wins.

15. Ben Kennedy 2005-06 (37 games)   Lock  Ben Kennedy a New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative forward.He played his club football for the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights (with whom he won the 2001 NRL Premiership) and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. While Ben only played two seasons with Manly 2005–06 he was an inspirational leader in captaining the Sea Eagles and helped them rebuild and mentor players after the Northern Eagles merged disaster.

15. Ben Kennedy 2005-06 (37 games) Lock Ben Kennedy a New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative forward.He played his club football for the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights (with whom he won the 2001 NRL Premiership) and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. While Ben only played two seasons with Manly 2005–06 he was an inspirational leader in captaining the Sea Eagles and helped them rebuild and mentor players after the Northern Eagles merged disaster.

11. Steven Menzies 1993-2006 (302 games) Second Row  Steve "Beaver" Menzies a local Manly junior had a stellar career with the Sea Eagles. Menzies is a noted defender, but is best known as the most prolific try scoring forward in rugby league. His total of 180 tries is second in Australian first grade rugby league, behind former Manly player Ken Irvine, who scored 212 tries. Menzies left in 2008 with a 40-0 grand final record win against Melbourne Storm on a record of 349 first-grade games.

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23. Glen Stewart 2003-2014 (185 games) Second Row. Glenn an Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative second-row forward, Stewart has played all of his club football to date with Manly, winning the 2008 and 2011 Premierships with them. He is also the older brother of teammate Brett Stewart. In 2008 he was voted the Dally M Second-Rower Of The Year. In the 2011 NRL Grand Final he scored a try and was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal.

23. Glen Stewart 2003-2014 (185 games) Second Row. Glenn an Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative second-row forward, Stewart has played all of his club football to date with Manly, winning the 2008 and 2011 Premierships with them. He is also the older brother of teammate Brett Stewart. In 2008 he was voted the Dally M Second-Rower Of The Year. In the 2011 NRL Grand Final he scored a try and was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal.

22. Brett Stewart 2003- 2017 (233 games) Fullback. Brett is an Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative fullback known for pace and his prolific try-scoring. He has played his entire NRL career for the Sea Eagles, with whom he won the 2008 Premiership and 2011 Premiership. He currently has the best strike rate for tries versus games in the NRL, taking over from Billy Slater in 2011. Currently has 114 tries in 141 gams played.

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13. Malcolm Reilly 1971-75 (89 games) Lock  Reilly was a Great Britain international representative Loose forward/Lock, Reilly played club football for Castleford Tigers in England and Manly-Warringah in Australia. He helped the Sea Eagles to their first premiership in 1972 and to their second the following year. Post-playing, Reilly coached the Great Britain and also worked in Australia, taking the Newcastle Knights to their first premiership in 1997 (defeating Manly in the last 5 seconds).

13. Malcolm Reilly 1971-75 (89 games) Lock Reilly was a Great Britain international representative Loose forward/Lock, Reilly played club football for Castleford Tigers in England and Manly-Warringah in Australia. He helped the Sea Eagles to their first premiership in 1972 and to their second the following year. Post-playing, Reilly coached the Great Britain and also worked in Australia, taking the Newcastle Knights to their first premiership in 1997 (defeating Manly in the last 5 seconds).

14. Des Hasler 1984-96 (255 games)  Utility (halfback, hooker, lock)  Des played in 309 matches in a first-grade career spanning 16 seasons. Most of his career was spent with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won two premierships (1987 and 1996). He subsequently coached Manly from 2004 to 2011, winning a further two premierships (2008 and 2011). As a player he also represented Australia internationally and New South Wales in State of Origin.

14. Des Hasler 1984-96 (255 games) Utility (halfback, hooker, lock) Des played in 309 matches in a first-grade career spanning 16 seasons. Most of his career was spent with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won two premierships (1987 and 1996). He subsequently coached Manly from 2004 to 2011, winning a further two premierships (2008 and 2011). As a player he also represented Australia internationally and New South Wales in State of Origin.

9. Max Krilich 1970-83 (215 games)   Hooker  Max Krilich was the hooker for the Australia national team, playing in 13 Tests from 1978 to 1983 and as captain on 10 consecutive occasions in 1982 and 1983. He was the captain of the 1982 "Invincibles" Australian touring side. Max was graded by the Manly Sea Eagles in 1969 when hooker Freddie Jones was the Manly captain. Krilich had to bide his time and played in over 100 reserve grade games till 1974 before he cemented the first grade position.

9. Max Krilich 1970-83 (215 games) Hooker Max Krilich was the hooker for the Australia national team, playing in 13 Tests from 1978 to 1983 and as captain on 10 consecutive occasions in 1982 and 1983. He was the captain of the 1982 "Invincibles" Australian touring side. Max was graded by the Manly Sea Eagles in 1969 when hooker Freddie Jones was the Manly captain. Krilich had to bide his time and played in over 100 reserve grade games till 1974 before he cemented the first grade position.

3. Bob Fulton 1966-76 (213 games)  Left Position: Centre.   Fulton won three premierships with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 1970s, the last as captain. He represented for the Australian national side on 47 occasions, 7 times as captain. He had a long coaching career at the first grade level, taking Manly to premiership victory in 1987 & 1996. In 1985 he was selected as one of the initial four post-war "Immortals" of the Australian game.

3. Bob Fulton 1966-76 (213 games) Left Position: Centre. Fulton won three premierships with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 1970s, the last as captain. He represented for the Australian national side on 47 occasions, 7 times as captain. He had a long coaching career at the first grade level, taking Manly to premiership victory in 1987 & 1996. In 1985 he was selected as one of the initial four post-war "Immortals" of the Australian game.

7. Geoff Toovey 1988-2001 (286 games) Halfback   Geoff was a halfback and then later a hooker playing in 286 first-grade matches and captaining Manly to the 1996 ARL premiership and the 1995 and 1997 grand finals as captain. He played in 13 international matches for Australia between 1991 and 1998. Toovey is currently the head coach of the current Manly squad. He is a qualified accountant and a member of the board of the National Roads and Motorists' Association.

7. Geoff Toovey 1988-2001 (286 games) Halfback Geoff was a halfback and then later a hooker playing in 286 first-grade matches and captaining Manly to the 1996 ARL premiership and the 1995 and 1997 grand finals as captain. He played in 13 international matches for Australia between 1991 and 1998. Toovey is currently the head coach of the current Manly squad. He is a qualified accountant and a member of the board of the National Roads and Motorists' Association.

16. Cliff Lyons 1986-99 (309 games)  Five Eighth  Lyons a Clive Churchill Medallist and two-time Dally M Medallist, he made over 300 first-grade appearances with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, winning grand finals with them in 1987 and 1996, and also represented New South Wales and Australia.  Known as Napper or Cliffy he was notable for his elusive cross-field runs, creating doubt in the minds of defenders and setting up gaps for support players to run back into.

16. Cliff Lyons 1986-99 (309 games) Five Eighth Lyons a Clive Churchill Medallist and two-time Dally M Medallist, he made over 300 first-grade appearances with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, winning grand finals with them in 1987 and 1996, and also represented New South Wales and Australia. Known as Napper or Cliffy he was notable for his elusive cross-field runs, creating doubt in the minds of defenders and setting up gaps for support players to run back into.

10. John O'Neill 1972-74 (51 games) Prop   John O'Neill (back row second from the right) was an Australian representative rugby league prop forward whose club career was with the South Sydney and Manly-Warringah during the 1960s and early 1970s. He made 2 Test appearances for the Australian national representative side; he represented in 7 World Cup matches in two World Cups and in one World Championship match and in 5 Kangaroo tour matches in 1973.

10. John O'Neill 1972-74 (51 games) Prop John O'Neill (back row second from the right) was an Australian representative rugby league prop forward whose club career was with the South Sydney and Manly-Warringah during the 1960s and early 1970s. He made 2 Test appearances for the Australian national representative side; he represented in 7 World Cup matches in two World Cups and in one World Championship match and in 5 Kangaroo tour matches in 1973.

4. Michael O'Connor 1987-92 (115 games)  Position Centre  O'Connor was a dual-code rugby and rugby league international. He played for the Wallabies in 13 Tests from 1979 to 1982 and then the Kangaroos in 17 Tests from 1985 to 1990. Member of the 1987 Winfield Cup Grand Final and captained the Sea Eagles from 1989 to 1992.

4. Michael O'Connor 1987-92 (115 games) Position Centre O'Connor was a dual-code rugby and rugby league international. He played for the Wallabies in 13 Tests from 1979 to 1982 and then the Kangaroos in 17 Tests from 1985 to 1990. Member of the 1987 Winfield Cup Grand Final and captained the Sea Eagles from 1989 to 1992.