Josh Papalii

Ricky refuses to take credit for Papalii's form

The saying goes that behind every good man is an even better woman and Stuart believes Masepa Papalii is that someone.

The pair were sweethearts for several years before tying the knot in late 2018. Season 2019 not only saw Papalii shift from lock to front row, it gave the 27-year-old a third Mal Meninga Medal (for the Raiders' best player) in four years.

Papalii scored six tries, made 61 tackle busts, 31 off-loads, ran for 3830 metres at an average just shy of 150 in each of his 26 games.

Top five second-rowers in the NRL

Who are the game's elite second-rowers going into the 2017 season? The NRL.com team got together and settled on the following five players.

5. Matt Gillett

2016 stats: 81.2 metres per game, 38 tackles per game, 38 tackle breaks