LEEDS RHINOS winger Ryan Hall has been named in this year’s World 13 – but Dewsbury-born superstar Sam Burgess missed out on the Golden Boot honour as the planet’s best player.
Hall and Burgess – who joined Bath Rugby Union Club after inspiring South Sydney Rabbitohs to the NRL title – have both been selected in Rugby League World magazine’s global dream team, along with fellow Englishman James Graham, of Canterbury Bulldogs. Burgess was runner-up in the Golden Boot voting for a second successive year, behind New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson.
The Golden Boot’s panel of 13 judges included former winner Garry Schofield, ex-Great Britain coach Brian Noble and past Kiwi internationals Robbie Hunter-Paul and Daryl Halligan, as well as representatives from Australia and France.
Each judge was asked to hand five points to their leading contender – from a six-man shortlist – with three going to their second choice and one to their third.
Johnson finished with 44 points, Burgess 23, Graham 18, Greg Inglis 17, Johnathan Thurston 13 points and Jesse Bromwich two.
The World 13: (by playing position) 1 Greg Inglis, 2 Ryan Hall, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Dean Whare, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 Johnathan Thurston, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron Smith, 10 Jesse Bromwich, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Simon Mannering, 13 Sam Burgess.