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Kevin Brown reveals the current Super League player who was ‘the best’ he faced during his career

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As a player with nearly 20 years of experience playing at the highest level, Kevin Brown knows a good player when he sees one. Brown played for some of the biggest teams in Super League and at international level in a career which finally came to an end in 2021.

Brown played over 400 games in all competitions, across a career which included spells with Wigan Warriors, Huddersfield Giants, Widnes Vikings, Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils. He scored 159 tries during that time, although he never lifted major silverware, suffering a number of defeats in major finals.

At international level, he made 10 appearances for England and was part of England’s run to the 2017 World Cup final in Australia, where the side was an ankle tap on Kallum Watkins away from potentially lifting the biggest prize in the international game.

Now, Brown has named the player who he believes is the best he played against during his long and successful career.

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Kevin Brown names Super League podcast who is “the best” he faced

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Speaking on the Sportsman’s The Last Tackle podcast, Brown discussed who he believes is the best player he has played with. Brown singled out Hull KR winger, Ryan Hall for praise, in the wake of Hall breaking the all-time Super League try-scoring record.

Brown believes Hall, who will return to the Leeds Rhinos next season for the final year of his playing career, is not just a brilliant player, but also a brilliant person to have in a playing squad. Speaking alongside former Sky Sports commentator, Eddie Hemmings, Brown said:

“Well for me he’s the best, he’s the best I’ve seen, he’s the best I’ve played with and against and what Ryan Hall does, you could be forgiven for thinking he’s just a try scorer when he scores 248 tries in Super League you could think he’s a good finisher but he’s much much more than that.

“Even at the weekend at the age he is now he was still the first one chasing back when Esan Masters scored pushing him into the corner”.

Brown believes Hall’s record at international level should not be overlooked

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Alongside his record-breaking career in Super League, Hall has also been a prolific try scorer at international level for England. Hall has played 45 games for England during his international career, scoring 39 tries in the process. He is England’s leading try scorer at international level.

Brown puts Hall’s impact to his physical stature, as well as his try-scoring ability, praising his longevity. Brown said:

“I completely agree with Eddie [Hemmings], he is a forward on the flank where he comes inside and does all the hard work and his longevity is something we don’t normally see with wingers because you do lose your pace but Ryan’s still got the pace, the power and probably what every club wants is a Ryan all in the team.

“Not just because of what he brings on the field but what he brings, the calmness, the maturity off the field too. He’s a great, great player, great person and I’m so pleased for him.

“And let’s not forget he also scored 39 tries I believe for England in 40 internationals. Incredible. The stats are fantastic.”

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