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Rugby league's fastest of all time: Addo-Carr blitzes field

We've seen some electrifying stars over the years with serious pace - but who's been the fastest? has chosen 10 players from different eras (who all happen to be wingers) that left opponents grasping at thin air. After more than 8500 votes the fans have selected Storm speester Josh Addo-Carr as the quickest of them all.

There were many notable omissions we couldn't squeeze into the list, including the likes of Billy Slater, Jimmy "The Jet" Roberts, prolific tryscorer Brian Bevan, Andrew Ettingshausen and Jarryd Hayne.

Check out the poll results below, but first here are the 10 entries.

The top 10 (in alphabetical order)

Josh Addo-Carr

Nicknamed the Foxx, the NSW and Australian star's blinding pace has helped him score 63 tries in 84 Telstra Premiership games.

The Telstra Tracker has shown the Storm premiership winger to be the quickest current player, clocking him at a top speed of 38.5km/h.

Addo-Carr saves the best till last

Darren Albert

The Knights hero earned the unofficial title of the NRL's fastest man after winning a race on The Footy Show in 1999, while he was also crowned Super League's quickest during a stint for St Helens in 2004.

Albert's pace was perhaps best exemplified when he shot across the ground to make an unbelievable try-saving tackle on North Sydney fullback Matt Seers in the 1997 preliminary final.

Top 10 Fastest - Darren Albert

Mike Cleary

Former Rabbitohs and Eastern Suburbs winger Cleary set several schoolboy sprint records and won a Bronze Medal in the 100-yard dash at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth.

A superb all-round athlete who represented NSW and Australia in both rugby codes, Cleary is recorded as having run 9.3 seconds over 100 yards during his athletic career.

He once beat fellow ferrari Ken Irvine in a A£2,000 match race. In 1966, Cleary won the Australian professional 130m sprint race.

Top 10 Fastest - Larry Corowa

Larry Corowa

The "Black Flash" was blessed with plenty of gas and he used it to great effect, scoring 65 tries in 100 games for Balmain including 24 in one season.

In 1978, Corowa defeated Steve Proudlock, the winner of the prestigious Stawell Gift race that year, in a 100m challenge race.

Top 10 Fastest - Brett Dallas

Brett Dallas

A four-time Australian player, red-headed winger Dallas won the 75m rugby league sprint in 1993 at the Botany Bay Gift, beating the fancied Lee Oudenryn.

Dallas scored a memorable State of Origin try in game two of 1995 when he scooped the ball from dummy-half and blistered 95m to ice a Queensland win.

Top 10 Fastest - Ken Irvine

Ken Irvine

Australian rugby league's greatest try-scorer, the late Irvine's turbo-charged wheels allowed him to touch down a whopping 212 times in 236 premiership games with North Sydney and Manly.

The Hall of Famer, who ran competitively for the Randwick-Botany club in his youth, held the professional world 100-yard sprint record of 9.3 seconds in the early 1960s.

Top 10 Fastest - Ian Moir

Ian Moir

A freakish try-scoring winger who played for Souths and Western Suburbs in the 1950s, Moir was also a beach sprint champion.

He once won the professional Canberra Gift race and later took out the NSWRL 110-yard Championship in 1958, running 11.1 seconds in full football gear to defeat Ken Irvine.

Moir equalled the most tries in a match for the Rabbitohs when he bagged five against Parramatta in 1957.

Top 10 Fastest - Martin Offiah

Martin Offiah

"Chariots" Offiah scored more than 400 club tries in the UK and another 28 for Great Britain and England in a legendary career throughout the '80s, '90s and early 2000s.

Though he had express pace, Offiah lost a 100m sprint to then-Parramatta jet Lee Oudenryn in 1992.

Lee Oudenryn

Former Eels, Gold Coast, Warriors and Cowboys winger Oudenryn laid claim to the title of league's fastest man when he downed Martin Offiah in the aforementioned match-race in 1992.

He was dethroned the next year when he finished third in the 75m rugby league sprint race won by Brett Dallas.

However, Dallas admitted he benefited from the distance and reportedly said Oudenryn or second-placed John Minto would have won had it been a 100m affair.

Lee Oudenryn beat English winger Martin Offiah in a highly publicised sprint.
Lee Oudenryn beat English winger Martin Offiah in a highly publicised sprint. ©NRL Photos

Shane Whereat

Before joining Eastern Suburbs in 1993, Whereat was a Botany Gift-winning professional sprinter who recorded a best time of 10.05 in the 100m.

In the same year he debuted for Easts, the lightning flanker participated in the 1993 rugby league sprint race held during the Botany Gift, finishing fourth over 75m.

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