Ultimate ONE club, ONE country Super League XIII

For a bit of fun, we have attempted to name the best team possible featuring current players from one separate Super League club and one separate nation.

This means no club or country can be represented more than once in the side. So if Zak Hardaker was chosen at full-back, nobody else who plays for either Wigan or England can be included.

Additions to the rules are that we’re going off the last country a player represented and as there are 13 positions to fill and only 12 Super League teams, one player from a Championship club is included.

Got that? Right, here are our selections! Make sure to comment below with your attempt.

Full-back: Matty Russell (Scotland & Toronto)

Russell brought speed, power and experience to Toronto Wolfpack in 2018, helping catapult the Canadian side into the top tier. He has been a mainstay in the Scotland team for almost a decade, excelling in their 2016 Four Nations campaign.

Wing: Bureta Faraimo (USA & Hull FC)

Faraimo has cemented his place on the wing for Hull FC and registered 32 tries in 56 games over the last three seasons. He has represented the United States at international level since 2013, qualifying because his father was born on Swains Island.

Centre: Shaun Kenny-Dowall (New Zealand & Hull KR)

Kenny-Dowall has enjoyed an illustrious career and is still playing at the top of his game for Hull KR. The NRL winner has been a stalwart of the Kiwis team throughout the noughties, making 21 international appearances for New Zealand.

Centre: Kevin Naiqama (Fiji & St Helens)

Naiqama is the latest in a long line of outstanding overseas centres recruited by St Helens, winning three trophies in his two seasons at the Totally Wicked Stadium. He is also a Fijian hero having helped his beloved nation to the last two World Cup semi-finals.

Wing: Rhys Williams (Wales & Salford)

Williams has proven to be an excellent signing for Salford, helping take them to Wembley for the first time in 51 years. Since 2008 he has been a regular on the wing for Wales, scoring 21 tries in 26 games and playing in two World Cups.

Stand-off: James Maloney (Australia & Catalans)

Multiple NRL champion Maloney made the move to Catalans just months after guiding New South Wales to State of Origin glory. The immovable Thurston-Cronk combination limited his international appearances but he was still part of Australia’s World Cup-winning squad in 2017.

Scrum-half: Gareth Widdop (England & Warrington)

Widdop is another former NRL champion and his move to Warrington ahead of this season unsurprisingly had people excited. A regular for his country throughout the 2010s, Widdop’s dazzling displays helped England go all the way to the World Cup final in 2017.

Prop: David Fifita (Tonga & Wakefield)

Fifita has played almost 100 games for Wakefield since his arrival in 2016, becoming one of Super League’s most feared forwards. He has featured three times for Tonga and would have played a lot more if it wasn’t for the vast array of options in the pack for the Mate Ma’a.

Hooker: Eloi Pelissier (France & London)

For years, Pelissier was one of the most exhilarating players in Super League and now he is providing energy from acting half for the London Broncos. The French hooker also has 16 international caps and is the one Championship inclusion in this team.

Prop: Brad Singleton (Ireland & Wigan)

Singleton won two Super League titles with Leeds, including the treble in 2015, before arriving at Wigan via Toronto. The no-nonsense prop has three Ireland caps to his name, having featured for the Wolfhounds at the 2017 World Cup.

Second-row: Rhyse Martin (Papua New Guinea & Leeds)

Martin has been a revelation since arriving at Leeds and played a big part in the Rhinos Challenge Cup triumph this season. The bulky back-rower has been outstanding on the international stage too, captaining PNG to their historic victory over Great Britain last year.

Second-row: Jesse Sene-Lefao (Samoa & Castleford)

Sene-Lefao has become a regular for Castleford over the last four years, excelling throughout his debut season in 2017. JSL represents Samoa internationally and featured in the Four Nations defeat to England at Suncorp Stadium in 2014.

Loose-forward: Michael Lawrence (Jamaica & Huddersfield)

One of Huddersfield’s most consistent performers for well over a decade, Lawrence is an underrated player. Having previously played twice for England Knights, he made his Jamaica debut against the Knights last year which qualifies him for selection in this team.

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