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English NRL star defends Super League as he praises Wigan Warriors and St Helens

For years, there has always been an argument that Super League pales in comparison to the NRL.

However, one of England’s NRL stars doesn’t believe that is the case.

An NRL winner nonetheless in the shape of star loose-forward Victor Radley who knows from experiences against Wigan and St Helens in the World Club Challenges in 2019 and 2020 that Super League players are top drawer.

On the BBC 5 Live Rugby League Podcast, he defended the quality of Super League.

“Some people say the NRL is above Super League, but I didn’t believe that,” he said.

“When we played St Helens and Wigan, we won both of those games but only by a tiny bit, we could have easily lost them.

“I knew that the standard of players was going to be high, but it’s blown me away how tough they are and how fast they all move.

“That’s part of the England culture, just going hard no matter what. I’ve felt that with [head coach] Shaun Wane and all of the players at training, everyone goes so hard and they won’t stop no matter how tired they get.”

He also said that it is this that has him thinking England can win the Rugby League World Cup.

He said: “The whole team has been so strong mentally and physically, and that’s why I think we’re going to win the World Cup.”

For a man whose family comes from Sheffield, he’s set for a great experience at Bramall Lane as England play Greece in their final group stage game.

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