Super League stars at Nines World Cup
Which Super League stars will be at the 2019 Downer Rugby League Nines World Cup in Sydney?
The inaugural Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s will take place on Friday and Saturday at the new Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.
Take a look at which Betfred Super League teams are represented and who they will play for!
Papua New Guinea
In Pool A, Papua New Guinea will have one sole Super League representative and that is Leeds Rhinos’ Rhyse Martin.
USA’s Bureta Faraimo, Hull FC’s winger will go head to head with some of the best players in the world, when he faces Australia and New Zealand.
The majority of England’s nines squad ply their trade in Super League; Warrington Wolves are represented by Blake Austin, Daryl Clark and new signing Gareth Widdop, Hull FC’s sole representative is Jake Connor, Reece Lyne is also Wakefield’s only player and French side Catalans Dragons are represented by Sam Tomkins, while, Leeds’ Ash Handley and Huddersfield’s Jermaine McGillvary also make the cut . Castleford Tigers’ half-back Jake Trueman and prop Liam Watts are also in the squad.
Five Catalans Dragons players are in the French squad; Lucas Albert, Jason Baitieri, Lambert Belmas, Alrix Da Costa and Arthur Romano will face their English counterparts. One glaring omission is ex-Catalan star Tony Gigot. Hakim Miloudi will represent new Super League side Toronto Wolfpack.
Regan Grace is superstar name in the Wales squad, the 22-year-old is one of the fastest players in the world, only, Australia’s Josh Addo-Carr is the only player who’s reached a higher speed. Elliot Kear will captain the Welsh squad, he and his Welsh counterpart Rhys Williams have both signed for Salford Red Devils this week from relegated side London Broncos.
Cook Islands only have one Super League representative but when it’s the man of the people, there’s no need for more! Anthony Gelling has recently joined Warrington Wolves after a year in the Championship with Widnes Vikings.
St Helens’ Kevin Naiqama will lead his home country, Fiji, in the Nines World Cup, alongside Catalans’ Brayden Wiliame.
He hasn’t played a game in Super League yet, but Hull FC’s new signing Ligi Sao will be the only Super League representative for Samoa.
Papua New Guinea
England coach, Craig Richards, has his squad is filled with Women’s Super League talent. Leeds Rhinos are represented by Caitlin Beevers and Dannielle Anderson.
St Helens have six players in the squad; Leah Burke, Chantelle Crowl, Jodie Cunningham, Faye Gaskin, Naomi Williams and Captain Emily Rudge.
Castleford also have six players, including 2018 Woman of Steel, Georgia Roche, she’s joined by; Kelsey Gentles, Shona Hoyle, Rhiannion Marshall, Sinead Peach, and Tara Jane-Stanley.
While, Bradford Bulls will be represented by Amy Hardcastle and Wigan Warriors, Georgia Wilson.