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NRL: Most appearances by current players – Rankings and stats

Posted: 15 March 2020 11:23 am
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NRL season 2020 has begun! Let's look at the top 50 players in the current competition ranked by their number of appearances.

It wasn't that long ago that reaching 300 games in the hardest rugby league competition on Earth was a rare feat. However, the arrival of sports science and a better understanding of injury rehabilitation, ideal game preparation and nutrition has seen players' NRL careers elongated. Now we have a player well over 400 games in Cameron Smith.

But who is behind Smith? Who are the next players breaking past that 300-game barrier and etching their names further into NRL rugby league folklore? Which players from the NRL 2020 season have a major milestone in sight if they stay fit and healthy?

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Finder has crunched through the numbers and has the answers for you. Below you will find a list of the Top 50 most capped players running around in the NRL competition in 2020. This is followed by a list of all those players in reach of a milestone.

If you want to watch these stars make their next NRL appearance, we have a full guide to watching rugby league in Australia here.

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List of NRL players in order of appearance

Note: The below data as valid as of Round 1 of the NRL 2020 season. We will periodically update the below content as the season rolls on.

Rank Player NRL Appearances Career Tries Age Position Team
1 Cameron Smith 411 45 36 Hooker Storm
2 Darius Boyd 317 84 32 Fullback Broncos
3 Adam Blair 311 14 33 2nd Row Warriors
4 Benji Marshall 308 91 34 Five-Eighth Wests Tigers
5 Gavin Cooper 308 78 34 2nd Row Cowboys
6 Mitchell Aubusson 289 63 32 2nd Row Roosters
7 Josh Morris 286 137 33 Centre Sharks
8 Michael Jennings 278 147 31 Centre Eels
9 Mitchell Pearce 276 71 30 Halfback Knights
10 Issac Luke 271 50 32 Hooker Dragons
11 Andrew McCullough 258 32 30 Hooker Broncos
12 Aiden Tolman 258 12 31 Prop Bulldogs
13 Jarrod Croker 257 127 29 Centre Raiders
14 Matt Prior 253 14 32 Prop Sharks
15 Brett Morris 252 153 33 Winger Roosters
16 James Tamou 245 21 31 Prop Panthers
17 Jake Friend 244 26 30 Hooker Roosters
18 Chris Lawrence 240 84 31 2nd Row Wests Tigers
19 Kevin Proctor 240 36 30 2nd Row Titans
20 Ben Hunt 233 60 29 Halfback Dragons
21 Wade Graham 229 43 29 Lock Sharks
22 Jesse Bromwich 229 28 30 Prop Storm
23 Joel Thompson 220 60 31 2nd Row Sea Eagles
24 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 219 11 31 Prop Roosters
25 Daly Cherry-Evans 216 56 30 Halfback Sea Eagles
26 Blake Ferguson 211 112 29 Winger Eels
27 Andrew Fifita 211 38 30 Prop Sharks
28 Josh McGuire 211 11 29 Prop Cowboys
29 Trent Merrin 205 20 30 Lock Dragons
30 Joseph Leilua 204 89 28 Centre Wests Tigers
31 Leeson Ah Mau 203 6 30 Prop Warriors
32 Iosia Soliola 200 38 33 Prop Raiders
33 Kieran Foran 199 41 29 Five-Eighth Bulldogs
34 Josh Papalii 197 47 27 Prop Raiders
35 Josh Dugan 191 71 29 Centre Sharks
36 Aidan Guerra 190 47 31 2nd Row Knights
37 Josh Hoffman 189 62 31 Fullback Eels
38 Corey Norman 188 29 29 Five-Eighth Dragons
39 Aaron Woods 188 14 28 Prop Sharks
40 Gerard Beale 187 48 29 Centre Warriors
41 Jayson Bukuya 186 26 30 2nd Row Sharks
42 Dale Finucane 186 13 28 Lock Storm
43 Dane Gagai 184 47 29 Centre Rabbitohs
44 Adam Reynolds 183 27 29 Halfback Rabbitohs
45 Josh Jackson 181 23 29 2nd Row Bulldogs
46 Shaun Johnson 180 66 29 Five-Eighth Sharks
47 Jason Taumalolo 180 34 26 Lock Cowboys
48 James Graham 180 10 34 Prop Dragons
49 Mitch Rein 179 28 29 Hooker Titans
50 Bryson Goodwin 176 70 34 Centre Rabbitohs

Which NRL stars will hit a major appearance milestone in season 2020?

Of the players running around in the NRL in season 2020, a number are in line to hit major milestones. Of course, it all depends on players staying fit and – in some instances – how State of Origin selection and making the NRL finals play out. But the following achievements are possible.

NRL 300 game milestone in 2020

  • Mitchell Aubusson in 11 games
  • Josh Morris in 14 games
  • Michael Jennings in 22 games
  • Mitchell Pearce in 24 games
  • Issac Luke in 29 games (would have to play every game of the finals, too)

NRL 200 game milestone in 2020

  • Kieran Foran in 1 game
  • Josh Papalii in 3 games
  • Josh Dugan in 9 games
  • Aidan Guerra in 10 games
  • Josh Hoffman in 11 games
  • Aaron Woods in 12 games
  • Corey Norman in 12 games
  • Gerard Beale in 13 games
  • Dale Finucane in 14 games
  • Jayson Bukuya in 14 games
  • Dane Gagai in 16 games
  • Adam Reynolds in 17 games
  • Josh Jackson in 19 games
  • Jason Taumalolo in 20 games
  • James Graham in 20 games
  • Shaun Johnson in 20 games
  • Mitch Rein in 21 games
  • Russel Packer in 24 games
  • Bryson Goodwin in 24 games
  • Elijah Taylor in 25 games
  • Tariq Sims in 26 games

NRL 100 game milestone in 2020

  • Waqa Blake in 3
  • Latrell Mitchell in 4
  • David Fusitu'a in 4
  • Cody Walker in 4
  • Suliasi Vunivalu in 6
  • Sam Williams in 6
  • Jack Stockwell in 7
  • Clinton Gutherson in 8
  • Ben Hampton in 9
  • Joe Ofahengaue in 10
  • Tom Trbojevic in 11
  • Ken Maumalo in 13
  • Daniel Alvaro in 13
  • James Fisher-Harris in 13
  • Daniel Saifiti in 15
  • Sam Lisone in 15
  • Ryan Matterson in 16
  • Josh Addo-Carr in 16
  • Jack Bird in 17
  • Danny Levi in 17
  • Addin Fonua-Blake in 18
  • Nathan Brown in 18
  • Coen Hess in 19
  • Angus Crichton in 19
  • Ashley Taylor in 20
  • Nathan Cleary in 21
  • Christian Welch in 23
  • Mitchell Barnett in 23
  • Corey Thompson in 23
  • Michael Chee-Kam in 24
  • Adam Elliott in 25
  • Connor Watson in 26
  • Shaun Lane in 27
  • Tevita Pangai Junior in 27
  • Danny Fualalo in 27
  • Josh Aloiai in 28
  • Herman Ese'ese in 28
  • Hymel Hunt in 29

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