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Top Five players to represent Germany

A lot of the sporting world is focussed on the return of the Bundesliga on Saturday. In lieu of that, we look at five of the best players to represent Germany.

Kristian Keinhorst

Keinhorst is Germany’s all-time leading points scorer with 115 points in 17 games for them.

He made his debut back in 2007, during a 38-6 defeat against Serbia in Karlsruhe.  However, just a month later, he claimed his first try, and scored four goals in a 44-22 win over Czech Republic in Prague.

His finest performance for his country came when he scored two tries, and 11 goals in a 96-0 win over the Czech Republic in 2010.

He played his final game for his country in 2015, as he helped Germany to a 32-16 win over Spain in Valencia. He scored four goals.

Along with his brothers; Jimmy, Nick and Markus, they set a world record for most number of siblings on a rugby pitch.

Jimmy Keinhorst

Jimmy Keinhorst is currently Germany’s all-time top try scorer. Credit: Mark Cosgrove/News Images

Jimmy is the more well-known player, as he played in the Super League for Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity, Widnes Vikings and Hull KR. He still plays in the Championship for York City Knights.

For Germany, he is their highest try scorer of all time, with 17 in 15 matches.

Like his brother, he made his debut in 2007 during the 44-22 victory over the Czech Republic in Prague.

His first tries came in his second match, as he scored two and also kicked a goal in a 58-26 defeat against Italy in Padua in the European Championship Shield.

He won Germany’s Player of the Year in 2009.

Keinhorst’s finest moment came during a 36-12 win over Malta in Kaiserlauten, as he scored four tries.

He even scored a hat-trick in his final game, a 32-26 defeat against Russia in Karlsruhe.

Nick Keinhorst

The final Keinhorst on our list, Nick made his debut with brother Kristian during their 38-6 defeat against Serbia. Nick even scored a try.

He was normally deputised as a three-quarter, but played at loose forward for their game against The Netherlands in 2014. Keinhorst went on to score twice in a 70-16 victory in Rotterdam.

His final game was in 2016, when he played at halfback. He scored two goals in a 26-12 defeat against Belgium in Dortmund.

Mawuli Amefia

Amefia made his debut for his country in 2011, during a 32-28 defeat against Norway in Oslo.

A year later, he scored his first try, during a 32-26 defeat against Russia in Karlsruhe. He also won Germany’s Player of the Year.

That sparked a run of 11 tries in seven games for him, spreading across three years. He scored two in one of Germany’s biggest wins in recent years; a 70-16 win over the Netherlands in Rotterdam.

His final game came in 2017. He scored a try, but his side was beaten 30-18 by the Netherlands in Munster.

Dan Stocks

Like many others, Stocks made his debut during their 38-6 home defeat to Serbia. He started at loose forward.

However, his second game saw him grab a hat-trick in their 44-22 win against the Czech Republic. Stocks scored four tries in 2010 against the same opponents in a 96-0 win.

His final game was in 2014. He scored a hat-trick from halfback in a 70-16 win over The Netherlands in Rotterdam.

Stocks has also coached Germany on a few occasions. He was Player-Coach for their 40-36 defeat against Italy in Cologne. He went on to coach the Germans on another two occasions. Both resulted in defeats against Italy.

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