St Helens duo named in world's best RL XIII

Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson and Luke Thompson have been named as the best winger and prop in the world respectively.

Friday, 30th November 2018, 3:37 pm
Updated Friday, 30th November 2018, 3:45 pm
Tommy Makinson
Tommy Makinson

The St Helens duo were selected in the annual World XIII, printed in Friday’s Rugby League World Magazine. They join seven other players in the ’13’ for the first time.

Club skipper James Roby was named as the best hooker in England with team-mate Mark Percival the best centre in Super League.

2018 World XIII

Luke Thompson

1 James Tedesco (Australia)

2 Tommy Makinson (England)

3 Latrell Mitchell (Australia)

4 Joseph Manu (New Zealand)

5 Valentine Holmes (Australia)

6 Luke Keary (Australia)

7 Cooper Cronk (Australia)

8 Luke Thompson (England)

9 Damien Cook (Australia)

10 Andrew Fifita (Tonga)

11 Boyd Cordner (Australia)

12 Elliott Whitehead (England)

13 Jason Taumalolo (Tonga)

World ratings:

Full backs: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 3 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 4 Billy Slater, 5 Kalyn Ponga.

Wingers: 1 Tommy Makinson, 2 Valentine Holmes, 3 Josh Addo-Carr, 4 David Fusitu’a, 5 Blake Ferguson.

Centres: 1 Latrell Mitchell, 2 Joseph Manu, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Joey Leilua, 5 Mark Percival.

Stand-offs: 1 Luke Keary, 2 Cameron Munster, 3 Gareth Widdop, 4 Shaun Johnson, 5 James Maloney.

Scrum-halves: 1 Cooper Cronk, 2 Kodi Nikorima, 3 Daly Cherry-Evans, 4 Nathan Cleary, 5 Johnathan Thurston.

Props: 1 Luke Thompson, 2 Andrew Fifita, 3 Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 4 James Graham 5 Jesse Bromwich

Hookers: 1 Damien Cook, 2 James Roby, 3 Cameron Smith, 4 Josh Hodgson, 5 Issac Luke.

Second rowers: 1 Boyd Cordner, 2 Elliott Whitehead, 3 John Bateman, 4 Tyson Frizell, 5 Tevita Pangai jnr.

Loose forwards: 1 Jason Taumalolo, 2 Sam Burgess, 3 Jake Trbojevic, 4 Sean O’Loughlin, 5 Adam Blair

For the first time, supporters were asked to vote in the World XIII. Eleven journalists selected their top five players in each position. Five points is given to their top pick, all the way down to one point for their fifth choice. The12th vote was a combined effort of the members of the Fans’ Forum.