Any World Cup in any sport is all about the best players in the game coming together for a huge spectacle where the best players compete to be the best on the planet.
Almost every squad in this year’s World Cup could very well claim that a member of their squad is world class in what is set to be the best and most competitive World Cup in the sport’s history.
Really driving the quality of the playing roster at this year’s tournament is the video released by the tournament on the game’s official YouTube channel where captains and coaches reveal the player they’re most excited to see play in the tournament.
One of Super League’s stars Rhyse Martin of Leeds Rhinos is skipper of Papua New Guinea and he’s excited at the prospect of one of his close friends getting his chance to play in the tournament after a long journey.
The man in question is former Featherstone Rovers star Fa’amanu Brown who helped the club to 1895 Cup Final success in 2021 before leaving to the NRL in 2o22.
He has done enough this year to be included in a star-studded Samoa squad and in the mind of Martin it’s just reward for the long journey he has been on: “One of my best mates, Fa’amanu Brown. He’s playing for Samoa, a number nine. He’s had a long road back, he’s had a big injury. He came over to England and played for Featherstone in the Championship and he’s backed himself to go back to the NRL with the Tigers and has been picked for Samoa.
“A long road back, he gets to represent his culture again.”