BrisbaneRhino Posted January 3, 2021 Share Posted January 3, 2021 Hanley is the only British player I would hand on heart argue as being worthy of being included in a World 13 from when I started watching in 1981. He was a pretty good centre and then had that absolutely stunning season at Bradford - scored 55 tries at a time when the top tryscorer was usually a winger with somewhere around 30. Then transformed into the best loose forward in the world at Wigan, and even over 30 in an underperforming Leeds team broke the record for tries by a forward. Funnily enough my favourite Hanley performances were in losing cup games whilst at Bradford - the semi v Featherstone in 1983 where he scored that long range try, and in 1985 when they ran Wigan all the way at Odsal (I think the final score was 8-4 or something with Hanley scoring an obligatory try). He went head-to-head with Brett Kenny and lost nothing in comparison. I also have a soft spot for someone else mentioned in this thread - Henderson Gill. He played for Wigan in the first game I ever saw in 1981. Leeds won but I still remember being as mesmerized as the Leeds defence by Gill bouncing around in all directions. I thought he was the most amazing winger ever. Until I saw Des Drummond rip us apart later in the season.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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