The Rugby League World Cup is over and sadly no Super League player came away with the trophy.
Despite the fact there were plenty of Super League players with real chances of winning the trophy, none of them tasted victory.
An England win of course would have gifted plenty of Super League stars the title of World Champion.
Meanwhile, Tonga had Huddersfield Giants star Tui Lolohea, Catalans Dragons bound Siosiua Taukeiaho and St Helens’ man and former Leeds Rhinos star Konrad Hurrell in their squad.
Finalists Samoa lost Tyrone May to injury whilst Salford Red Devils star Tim Lafai started the final alongside Hull FC’s Ligi Sao and Ken Sio was the 18th man.
Looking at the ranks of Super League, there are only two men who have won a World Cup Final and one of them was indeed involved in the 2022 decider.
That man is Leigh Leopards boss and ex-Wigan Warriors coach Adrian Lam who was among Mal Meninga’s staff as Australia won a third consecutive World Cup Final on Saturday.
Now he can take that valuable experience into the 2023 Super League season.
Speaking of experience, that’s what Josh McGuire will bring to Warrington Wolves in 2023.
He is the only player in Super League who can say they have won a World Cup Final doing so for Australia against England in 2017 in what was a fantastic final.
The Wolves have also signed another former Australian international in Paul Vaughan but he did not make the squad for that tournament.
Former Catalans Dragons man James Maloney was.