Rhino Hall earns World place

  • Last Updated: December 7 2012, 14:54 GMT

Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall is the only Super League player to make it into the annual Rugby League World XIII.

Hall is joined in the team, voted for by the game's worldwide media, by 12 players from the NRL although two of those are also from the England squad, South Sydney forward Sam Burgess and Canterbury prop James Graham

Burgess is back in the team after a two-year absence, but seven of those selected were also named in 2011; Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Ryan Hall, Johnathan Thurston, Graham, Cameron Smith and Paul Gallen.

Brett Morris returns after three years in the wilderness and there is a quartet of World XIII debutants in Josh Morris, Cooper Cronk, Sam Kasiano and Nate Myles.

Rugby League World editor John Drake said: "Every year we invite members of the print and broadcast media across the Rugby League playing world to vote for our World XIII and this year's ultimate line-up is as formidable as any.

"While NRL based Englishmen James Graham and Sam Burgess made the final cut, along with Ryan Hall who emerged as the runaway leader in the voting for a wing position, four other Super League players only just missed out too.

"Wigan duo Sam Tomkins at fullback and Sean O'Loughlin at loose forward, plus England captain Kevin Sinfield at stand-off and James Roby at hooker all ranked second in their positions in the overall World Ratings, making it one of the strongest showings by English players in years.

"Hopefully that's a good omen for the World Cup in 2013!"

Team: Slater (Melbourne), Morris (St George-Illawarra), Inglis (South Sydney), Morris (Canterbury), Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Thurston (North Queensland), Cronk (Melbourne), Graham (Canterbury), Smith (Melbourne), Kasiano (Canterbury), Myles (Gold Coast), Burgess (South Sydney), Gallen (Cronulla)

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