Rugby League: Stacey Jones, Ruben Wiki inducted into NRL Hall of Fame

Kiwi league legends Ruben Wiki and Stacey Jones have officially been inducted into the NRL Hall of Fame at a Sydney ceremony on Wednesday. 

Forward Wiki and halfback Jones became the second and third Kiwis to claim the honour, after the induction of Mark Graham last year. 

Along with Jones and Wiki, former players Danny Buderus and Craig Young, plus contributors JJ Giltinan, Ray Warren and Peter Frilingos were also honoured at the Carriageworks.

Wiki, who played 311 NRL games and 55 tests for New Zealand, received his Hall of Fame jacket from former Canberra Raiders teammate and current coach Ricky Stuart. 

"This is the pinnacle, getting recognised as a hall-of-famer," Wiki said. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen.

"To be in the presence of greatness... I saw my idol Mal Meninga on the stage at the beginning and I got goosebumps.

"There are a lot of legends in the game from the days of Mark Graham, Olsen Filipaina, Clayton Friend and Hugh McGahan

"I reckon we can keep knocking on those doors and get a few more Kiwis in."

Later in the ceremony, Wiki presented Jones with his jacket.

Jones, who played 261 games for the Warriors and 46 tests, said being inducted alongside Wiki "topped off" the achievement.

"Getting him to present me with the blazer, it makes it extra special," said Jones.

"There are a lot of Kiwis that deserve to be in here. It must be a very tough decision for the guys who select this."

Buderus played 257 games for the Newcastle Knights and received his jacket from Andrew Johns. 

"From an individual point of view, you can't get much more," Buderus said. "No-one sets out to make a Hall of Fame. 

"It's an award that comes along at the end of your career. Just walking in the room, you straight away felt you were in a room of greatness. 

"It's an amazing feeling to know I am wearing a blazer like those blokes."

An emotional Young was presented his jacket by son Dean, with the pair having both won titles with the Dragons.

Meanwhile, rugby league pioneer Giltinan, and broadcasters Frilingos and Warren were the first non-players to be inducted.


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