The Rugby League World Cup is over and helped shine another spotlight on the stars of Super League.
So, here’s a team of the tournament exclusively made of Super League stars.
Fullback: Tommy Makinson
Tommy Makinson may have only played one game at fullback in the tournament, but his performances warrant a place in the side whilst two other wingers also deserve their spots in the side whilst Super League’s star fullbacks didn’t play their best rugby at the tournament.
Wingers: Kyle Evans and Louis Senior
Playing for Ireland, Louis Senior showed his finishing power in the green jersey including against world number one side New Zealand at Headingley. The former Huddersfield Giants man is going to bring this quality to Hull KR in 2023. One many looking for a new club in 2023 is Kyle Evans. He was brilliant for Wales including against Tonga as he defended brilliantly and scored a superb break away try. Many questioned why Wakefield Trinity haven’t yet signed him on for next year.
Centres: Tim Lafai and Kevin Naiqama
Tim Lafai was one of only two Super League stars in the World Cup Final and he played a big role in getting Samoa there. He scored plenty of tries including two against England in the semi-finals. He continued the sublime form he produced for Salford Red Devils in the tournament. Meanwhile, former St Helens star and Huddersfield Giants signing Kevin Naiqama showed his quality for Fiji especially as he caused New Zealand problems at the MKM Stadium.
Halfbacks: Jack Welsby and George Williams
England’s halfback pairing looked very potent early in the tournament especially in the opening win against Samoa. Welsby devastated them in that game whilst Williams was a running threat all tournament and very nearly the hero in the semi-final against Samoa. The Warrington Wolves star came up with two key assists in the game and in total made 13 assists, scored three tries and made 101 metres on average.
Props: Chris Hill and Siosiua Taukeiaho
His former Warrington Wolves teammate Chris Hill was excellent in the tournament often punching holes through the hearts of defences. The Huddersfield Giants prop was excellent as was the Catalans Dragons bound Siosiua Taukeiaho who was causing problems for all sides down the middle.
Hooker: Edwin Ipape
Leigh Leopards star number nine who was named the Championship Player of the Year was also named in the team of the tournament with his speed and explosivity causing almost every team problems.
Second-Rowers: Rhyse Martin and Ligi Sao
His Papua New Guinean skipper and Leeds Rhinos star Rhyse Martin was also superb scoring the Kumuls’ first try of the tournament. He was always a threat and equalled a world record during the tournament as he continued to not miss the target with kicking boot until he had equalled the record. Meanwhile, Hull FC forward, playing in different role to what we see from him in Super League, Ligi Sao as he propelled Samoa to the final scoring against England in the semi-final.
Loose-Forward: James Bell
In a struggling Scotland side, James Bell was a workhorse as the St Helens forward was outstanding and skilful. He showed why he plays for the Super League Champions.
Substitutes: John Bateman, Justin Sangare, Morgan Knowles, Ashton Golding
Wigan Warriors star John Bateman had an excellent tournament after missing the opening game. Despite rumours about his future, he came up with some big moments for England. Meanwhile, Leeds Rhinos signing Justin Sangare showed what he can bring the club with some impact off the bench including against England and Samoa where he caught the eye. Meanwhile, St Helens star Morgan Knowles was always brilliant off the bench for England giving them an extra boost every week. Lastly, Huddersfield Giants man Ash Golding was Jamaica’s heartbeat and played both nine and loose-forward. He gave his heart and soul for the side.