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Widdop named RLPA five-eighth of the year

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England international Gareth Widdop has won the Rugby League Professionals Association five-eighth of the year.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a fine season in the NRL with 10 tries, 18 assists and 71 goals to his name.

Widdop also claimed St George’s Player of the Year award last night, voted by both his peers and the coaching staff.

The Dragons captain will now be hoping he can replicate his club form at the World Cup, where he is expected to be included in Wayne Bennett’s England squad.

Fellow Englishman Sam Burgess was also selected in the RLPA Dream Team at loose forward. You can see the full team below.

2017 RLPA Dream Team

James Tedesco (Wests Tigers)

Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)

Konrad Hurrell (Gold Coast Titans)

Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)

David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers)

Gareth Widdop (St. George Illawarra)

Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)

Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)

Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)

David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)

Wade Graham (Cronulla Sharks)

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