Raymond Faitala-Mariner

Faitala-Mariner's unlikely childhood idol

You've got former Kiwi legends Stacey Jones, Ali Lauiti'iti, Benji Marshall and Sonny Bill Williams at the top of the tree.

Ruben Wiki and current Warriors stalwart Simon Mannering also usually earn a mention.

But Bulldogs back-rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner had other ideas growing up as a teenager.

"Mark Gasnier!" he beams.

"In high school we used to have our teams and everyone was typical Warriors or Broncos and I thought I'll go with the Dragons to be different.