Former Penrith and Canberra winger Sandor Earl has been named Rugby League’s ninth immortal – the only person to be accepted into the prestigious club playing less than 50 first grade games.
Earl’s selection marks the first time the NRL has allowed a computer generated algorithm to choose the next inductee, leading some to speculate the selection coding may need some fine tuning.
“This is complete bull*#it,” claimed rugby league legend Peter Sterling.
“I honestly don’t remember Earl, was he that drug cheat guy who played for the Windsor Wolves?” asked Mal Meninga who appeared equally perplexed by the news.
Despite the criticism, the NRL has defended the decision, choosing to ignore the controversy and instead highlight Earl’s contributions off the ball rather than with it.
“Whilst Sandor may not have been partial to scoring or tackling, he ran as a decoy better than any person who has played the game,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg told reporters.
“We have complete faith that the new computer selection process is 100% accurate and that Sandor Earl was the right choice as the ninth immortal – narrowly pipping Matt Bickerstaff to the honour.
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