1895 Cup final: Dream XIII of Leigh & Featherstone stars

On the eve of the 1895 Cup final, we take a look at a combined Dream XIII of Leigh and Featherstone stars. 

Earlier this week, we revealed our Challenge Cup Dream XIII of Wigan & Huddersfield stars.

Mark Kheirallah

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Mark Kheirallah in action for Featherstone | Photo: John Clifton/SWpix

France international Mark Kheirallah is arguably the most talented full-backs outside of the Super League. He scored a hat-trick against Dewsbury just a fortnight ago. In his short stay with Featherstone so far, he has also scored against Bradford and Barrow and takes the #1 spot on our Dream XIII.

Blake Ferguson

Blake Ferguson Challenge Cup

Another big name outside of the Super League is Leigh’s Blake Ferguson. The 32-year-old former NRL man scored four tries on his Centurions debut against Workington Town just last week. He might be in for one or two more this Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium…

Joey Leilua

Joey Leilua Featherstone Challenge Cup

Another eye-catching signing outside of Super League, Joey Leilua was a massive coup for Featherstone Rovers for 2022. The former Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights, Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers is a big centre and will be looking to bring his experience to the big stage.

Featherstone’s Joey Leilua hoping to claim ‘bragging rights’ in 1895 Cup final 

Nene Macdonald

Nene Macdonald and Jy Hitchcox Leigh SWpix
Nene Macdonald celebrates his try with Jy Hitchcox (Photo: Paul Currie / SWpix)

Arguably the Championship player of the season so far, Nene Macdonald has scored 14 tries in 14 games so far this campaign in league and cup. The Papua New Guinea international has been an eye-catching signing for the side this season, and is already tied down for 2023.

Krisnan Inu

Krisnan Inu

Goal-kicking Krisnan Inu has more than 250 games worth of experience across NRL, Super League, French Elite 1 and Championship. He has won six caps for New Zealand and one for Samoa.

Johnathon Ford

Johnathon Ford Featherstone Rovers 1895 Cup

A mid-season signing for Featherstone, Johnathon Ford will be hoping to win successive promotions to Super League with his new side. The former Toulouse captain won the Championship in 2021 and could lift the 1895 Cup trophy in just his second game with Rovers.

Ryley Jacks

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Photo: John Clifton/SWpix

Half-back Ryley Jacks has scored 10 tries so far in 2022 for Featherstone. The 29-year-old ex-Melbourne Storm man recently received huge praise from former international Kevin Brown, labelling him as one of the best half-backs in the country.

Junior Moors

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Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix

A powerful forward, Junior Moors has played more than 200 career games across the NRL, Super League and Championship. He has impressed so far in 2022 at Post Office Road.

Edwin Ipape

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Edwin Ipape in action for Leigh | Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix

Papua New Guinea international Ipape Edwin arrived at Leigh from Queensland Cup side PNG Hunters. The hooker is enjoying his first taste of being full-time professional rugby league player, and says he will be forever grateful to the Centurions who took a chance on him.

Tom Amone

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Photo: John Clifton/SWpix

Tom Amone made 17 appearances in the NRL for South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers ahead of his move to Leigh for 2022. He is one of stand-out props of the Championship this year.

Jack Bussey

Jack Bussey Featherstone 1895 Cup

Jack Bussey never has a bad day for Featherstone Rovers. A leading forward, he has had an impressive season in 2022.

Jesse Sene-Lefao

Jesse Sene-Lefao Featherstone
Photo courtesy of Featherstone Rovers

The former Castleford back-rower has returned from injury in good form, scoring four tries in his last two games. The 32-year-old is another player who will be hoping to bring his experience to the capital on Saturday.

John Asiata

John Asiata Leigh Centurions

Another stand-out Championship player, John Asiata is an NRL Premiership winner, having lifted the trophy in 2016 with North Queensland Cowboys. He has won two caps for Samoa and two for Tonga on the international scene.

John Asiata: Leigh have reignited my love for rugby league again

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About Josh McAllister 1530 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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