As the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) comes to a dramatic conclusion this weekend, tournament organisers have today revealed which players make up the RLWC2021 Teams of the Tournament for each of the men’s, women’s and wheelchair formats.
Voted for by a selected specialist panel*, comprising of former players, ambassadors and members of the media, the men’s and women’s teams consist of 13 players in position along with four interchanges. The wheelchair team is made of the 10 most selected players from the panel.
Super League is well represented with Leigh Leopards, Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils represented in the mens team whilst Leeds Rhinos are represented in the women’a team through Courtney Winfield-Hill.
Former Huddersfield Giants man Dom Young doesn’t feature despite scoring nine tries.
For the first time in history, all three codes have been competing concurrently at RLWC2021, and fans have been treated to some scintillating rugby league. From well-known superstars living up to expectations, and newcomers taking the tournament by storm, RLWC2021’s panelists had plenty of players to choose from when it came to selecting the Teams of the Tournament.
In the men’s tournament, holders Australia will face Samoa in the final on Saturday 19 November, and the finalists have nine players between them in the Team of the Tournament.
Australia’s Josh Addo-Carr has been electric for the Kangaroos, crossing the whitewash an incredible 12 times so far at RLWC2021. Addo-Carr is joined by fellow Aussies Cameron Murray, Liam Martin, and Harry Grant. For Samoa, their talisman Jarome Luai makes the Team of the Tournament, as well as semi-final hero Stephen Crichton, Brian To’o, Tim Lafai, and captain Junior Paulo.
England, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga are the other nations to be represented in this all-star team.
The RLWC2021 Men’s Team of the Tournament is;
- Joseph Manu (New Zealand)
- Brian To’o (Samoa)
- Tim Lafai (Samoa)
- Stephen Crichton (Samoa)
- Josh Addo-Carr (Australia)
- Jarome Luai (Samoa)
- George Williams (England)
- Tom Burgess (England)
- Edwin Ipape (Papua New Guinea)
- Junior Paulo (Samoa)
- Cameron Murray (Australia)
- Liam Martin (Australia)
- Victor Radley (England)
- Harry Grant (Australia)
- Sunia Turuva (Fiji)
- Keaon Koloamatangi (Tonga)
- James Fisher-Harris (New Zealand)
The women’s final will see New Zealand try and dethrone reigning champions Australia at Old Trafford. The finalists have a combined nine players in the seventeen player Team of the Tournament squad, including Australia’s top try scorer Evania Pelite, and New Zealand’s star performer, Amber Hall.
Notable additions are Papua New Guinea’s Elsie Albert, Canada’s Megan Pakulis, and Brazil’s Franciny Amaral, who all lit up RLWC2021 with their performances.
The RLWC2021 Women’s Team of the Tournament is;
- Apii Nicholls (New Zealand)
- Tara Jane Stanley (England)
- Mele Hufanga (New Zealand)
- Isabelle Kelly (Australia)
- Evania Pelite (Australia)
- Tarryrn Aiken (Australia)
- Raecene McGregor (New Zealand)
- Elsie Albert (Papua New Guinea)
- Lauren Brown (Australia)
- Vicky Whitfield (England)
- Vicky Molyneux (England)
- Amber Hall (New Zealand)
- Megan Pakulis (Canada)
- Franciny Amaral (Brazil)
- Courtney Winfield-Hill (England)
- Emma Tonegato (Australia)
- Annetta Nu’uausala (New Zealand)
Wheelchair rugby league has captivated everyone who has watched it, with the incredible skill, physicality, and passion of the players earning admiration and praise from fans from all over the globe. Friday’s final (18th November) will see England vs France, as the two best teams in the world battle it out for glory.
The Team of the Tournament sees England trio Jack Brown, Seb Bechera, and Joe Coyd selected, while finalists France have Nicholas Clausells, Jeremy Bourson, and Lionel Alazard in the 10 players squad selected. Notable additions are Wales Captain Stuart Williams, and Spaniard Theo Gonzalez.
The RLWC2021 Wheelchair Team of the Tournament is;
- Lionel Alazard (France)
- Seb Bechara (England)
- Jeremy Bourson (France)
- Jack Brown (England)
- Nicolas Clausells (France)
- Joe Coyd (England)
- Theo Gonzalez (Spain)
- McKenzie Johnson (USA)
- Bayley McKenna (Australia)
- Stuart Williams (Wales)
Jon Dutton, Chief Executive at RLWC2021 commented: “We have seen some incredible team and individual performances across all three tournaments at this fantastic Rugby League World Cup over the last five weeks.
“To be included in the Team of the Tournament is something these athletes will be able to cherish, and to be recognised on the biggest stage of all is a testament to their athleticism, skills and determination.”
RLWC2021 has seen players from 20 nations compete across three tournaments, delivering the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history.
The panel who selected these teams was:
- Kyle Amor (Irish Rugby League Legend and Broadcaster)
- Jenna Brooks (Broadcaster)
- Brenda Dobek (GB Rugby League Legend)
- Nabil El Khedri (France2025)
- Lois Forsell (England Rugby League Legend + RLWC2021 Ambassador)
- Martyn Gill (Wheelchair Coach)
- Honey Hireme-Smiler (NZ Rugby League Legend + RLWC2021 Ambassador)
- Mary Konstantopoulos (Journalist)
- Ian Laybourn (Journalist)
- Julia Lee (GB Rugby League Roll of Honour inductee and Women’s RL Pioneer)
- Martin Norris (England Wheelchair Rugby League Legend)
- Danika Priim (Broadcaster)
- Jason Robinson (England Rugby League Legend + RLWC2021 Ambassador)
- Brad Walter (IRL Media Manager)
- Mike Wood (Journalist)
- Dave Woods (Journalist and Broadcaster)