11 players from Super League have been placed amongst the top 100 Rugby League players in the world – with two Englishmen making the top ten.
In the annual study conducted by leading Australian magazine Rugby League Week, South Sydney’s Greg Inglis came out on top when it came to the very best player in the world – a title few would argue with after an incredible 2014 season.
And, after leading their teams’ respective charge to the NRL Grand Final, both Sam Burgess and James Graham made the top ten, with Burgess coming in at a lofty third. Graham – who is expected to captain Canterbury next year – finished seventh in the list, above names Sonny Bill Williams and Billy Slater.
Two more Englishmen playing in the NRL made the top 100 too; Sam Tomkins came in at 61st after his first season in the NRL, whilst another Burgess brother – George – came in at 24th spot.
In terms of Super League representation, Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin was the highest ranked star from the English competition, with the Aussie media ranking him the 31st best player in the world in 2014.
There were debut appearances for the likes of Castleford’s Daryl Clark (97th), Catalan’s Morgan Escare (99th) – and even a spot on the list for Wigan winger Joe Burgess, who came in at 100th spot.
Rugby League Week Top 100 Players in the World – Super League/English Representation
Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) – 100th
Morgan Escare (Catalan Dragons) – 99th
Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers) – 97th
Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos) – 93rd
Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) – 92nd
Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves) – 88th
James Roby (St Helens) – 80th
Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) – 78th
Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) – 68th
Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) – 62nd
Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors) – 31st
Sam Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors) – 61st
George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs) – 24th
James Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs) – 7th
Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs) – 3rd