This year's resurrection of The People's Choice Central West Rugby Union Team Of The Year continues with the flankers, and the group of nominees the Central Western Daily's experts have put up is a bumper one, with a couple of surprises.
Gone are the days of sides having genuine blindside and openside flankers, with most preferring to play a left and right system. Like all these back-rowers do, any flanker worth their salt in 2019 has the ability to play both.
Eight must become two for the final team though so have your say by voting for a pair of these flankers, or adding your own nominee.
1 FLETCHER ROSE (Orange City Lions)
For a young bloke in a struggling side, Rose was super impressive.
Consistently among the Lions' best week-to-week and handled the step up to the top grade, despite still being a colt, easily, more than holding his own and looking like he firmly belonged from the get go.
2 RICK SCOTT (Blayney Rams)
One of Blayney's best in their run to fourth in the New Holland Agriculture Cup this season, and that showed in the competition's player-of-the-year polling too, where he remained in the mix right up until the final round.
While the Rams' season could only really be described as hot-and-cold despite them making the finals, Scott's was anything but.
He did shift to outside centre at times and that's where he featured in the Rams' lone finals appearance, but he earns a gig in the flanker position here.
3 JOSH PEFFER (Molong Magpies)
He's the best player in the Oilsplus Cup Northern Division, and his back-to-back player-of-the-year gongs are testament to that fact.
He'd be a certain selection in any Blowes Clothing Cup outfit and would be an automatic selection in this side if it wasn't up for voting, that's an indication how highly this desk rates the Magpies' skipper.
Earned a nod for Central West this year too, and got himself a country championship crown as a result.
4 SIMON BADGERY (Orange Emus)
Had a massive year.
Suffered a gastly ankle injury in 2017 and that hampered him big time the year after, but returned to full fitness this season and was outstanding for the greens.
Did shift into the second-row at times but was largely used on the side and was easily Emus' best back-rower and, arguably, the best in the Blowes Clothing Cup too.
5 TIM BERRY (Cowra Eagles)
Was in the mix for the Blowes Clothing Cup's player-of-the-year and for good reason, he was the Eagles' best throughout 2019 and like a fine wine he seems to get better with age - remember, he skippered CSU Bathurst's premiership side in 2004.
Filtered into the second row as necessary but was at his best on the side, was typically strong on the carry and tenacious at the breakdown as usual, leading the Eagles' strong pack.
6 WILL ARCHER (Dubbo Kangaroos)
Excellent - there's not really any other word for Archer's first season at Roos.
Plays a simple brand of rugby and does it well, he was the shining light in the Dubbo outfit's disappointing campaign this year, and we can't really give him any higher praise than that.
7 DAVE JESSIMAN (Mudgee Wombats)
Nicknamed 'Double Dave' by this desk a number of years ago for his insane ability to find the stripe, he managed to score a mountain of tries again in 2019.
A stand-out second-rower when he played there in yesteryear, Jessiman spent the majority of his time in the No.6 jersey for the Wombats this year and lost none of his previous lustre.
In fact having a bit room to roam from the outside of the scrum probably worked in his favour, he was superb all season and despite being one of the New Holland Agriculture Cup's elder statesmen he remains in the Blue Bulls' mix too.
8 BEN RYAN (Parkes Boars)
There's no two ways about the fact Parkes struggled big time in 2019 with the every-loyal Ryan carrying a massive load for his Boars.
Predominantly a No.8 in the past he played most of the year on the side of the scrum and was as consistent as ever.
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