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LINE-UP | A rugby union XIII that would dominate rugby league

6. Stand Off – Dan Biggar

The six and seven – stand off and scrum half – perform similar roles in the modern day to that of a rugby union fly half, so we’ve opted for two of the best in these roles.

Biggar has all the attributes to lead the side in one of the most pivotal roles, communication, decision making and could have made the side at loose forward were it not for our candidate at 13.

7. Scrum Half – Richie Mo’unga

An All Blacks star who would be sure to inject some magic and spark to the halves. Known for his running game and astute kicking, we feel his skills would compliment Biggar well.

8. Prop – Alun Wyn Jones

Props in league tend to play longer minutes, make more carries and the role is not all about size in the scrum like union, so we feel Alun Wyn Jones would suit the prop role well in the other code.

Rangy at 6 foot 5 and weighing in at over 18 stone, he could play in the mould of former Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock; a leader, capable of playing significant minutes, and a rangy offloading threat.

9. Hooker – Conor Murray

Hookers in league essentially play the role of a union scrum half, so quick passing from the base of the ruck – as well as strong decision making – are key.

Hookers in league also usually top the tackle counts – 80 minute hookers regularly make over 40 a game – another element to consider which means serious stamina.

So we’ve opted for Ireland star Conor Murray – his mix of physicality and quick hands proving useful here.