With just a week to go until the new season, TotalRL.com is bringing in another new feature for the 2016 campaign – the Thursday 13.
Each week before the action kicks off for another round, we’ll take to social media and ask you to build a team with a catch, as there will be a peculiar stipulation or circumstance attached to the selection.
This week, we’re aiming to show how diverse Super League is, with a XIII that is comprised with only ONE player per country. That means only one Australian, one Englishman and so on. Can it be done? We think so – check out our selection below and tweet us @leagueexpress or @rlworld if you think you can do any better!
Looking at the team, we’ve got a number of international captains in there – as well as, admittedly, a few who haven’t played internationally for a while now. But all 13 of those guys have been internationals at one time or another, and we’ve actually been able to pick from nine Super League clubs, too!
Full-back: Morgan Escare (France, Catalans Dragons)
Wing: Joel Monaghan (Australia, Castleford Tigers)
Centre: Anthony Gelling (Cook Islands, Wigan Warriors)
Centre: Jake Webster (New Zealand, Castleford Tigers)
Wing: Ryan Hall (England, Leeds Rhinos)
Stand-off: Liam Finn (Ireland, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
Scrum-half: Danny Brough (Scotland, Huddersfield Giants)
Prop: Ashton Sims (Fiji, Warrington Wolves)
Hooker: Paul Aiton (PNG, Catalans Dragons)
Prop: Craig Kopczak (Wales, Salford Red Devils)
Second-row: Mark Minichiello (Italy, Hull FC)
Second-row: Frank Pritchard (Samoa, Hull FC)
Loose forward: Ukuma Ta’ai (Tonga, Huddersfield Giants)