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

10. Prop – Kyle Sinckler

A different type of offering in the front row, Sinckler would likely be changed in and out for a bench prop for maximum impact. His size would more than likely make him unsuited to big minutes in rugby league, but in the mould of many hulking league props, he could cause some serious damage with a 20 minute stint in either half.

11. Second Row – Siya Kolisi

Another crucial leader in this pack, a world cup winning captain with South Africa last year.

Kolisi is another hulking presence in the forwards capable of playing big minutes, his size will also be useful when attacking the edge defence. And his defensive qualities are without question.

12. Second Row – George North

A left field pick as North, commonly a winger in rugby union, gets a slot amongst the forwards.

We feel he would be ideally suited to a spot in the second row due to his sheer size and strength – who can forget the time he collected and ran with Israel Folau on his back six years ago.

The more attack-minded teams in league tend to spread the ball wide; quick, strong and agile back rowers can be serious assets in attack while few would argue with North’s strength in defence.


13. Loose Forward – Owen Farrell

Arguably the easiest pick of the bunch. 

The definition of a modern day loose forward in rugby league has blurred somewhat in recent years, but the best are those who attack like a halfback and defend like a forward. League icons which come to mind are the likes of Paul Sculthorpe, Sean O’Loughlin and Owen’s dad, Andy.

There is arguably no better example (whatever your thoughts on his close-to-the-bone tackling technique!) – of someone as competent with ball in hand and without.

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