Super League pundit Kevin Brown has highlighted the qualities of Ryan Hall, explaining why he feels the Hull KR winger still remains one of the best players in the world.
The six-times Super League winner is still going strong, and is now in his third season with the Robins. Indeed, despite being at the veteran age of 35, Hall has run in nine tries this season, taking his career tally to an impressive 274 in all competitions.
The bulk of those, of course came during his 11-year spell with the Leeds Rhinos, where he ran in 233 tries from 329 appearances. However, with a record of 41 in 64 appearances for Willie Peters’ side, Hall has shown he still has a thirst for success.
As it stands, Hall is now just 12 tries short of the all-time Super League record, held by Danny McGuire. And while it will be a tough ask to beat that tally this season, the player may well extend his career into another season in an effort to set a new all-time high.
Chasing him down, however, is Leigh Leopards winger Josh Charnley, who currently has 223 to his name. At 32 – and fitness permitting – he has a few more years on Hall to ultimately try overtake him.
Nonetheless, Hall has rolled back the years this season, serving a reminder of his very best form while at Headingley.
And as Hall chases the all-time Super League mark, Brown has praised Hall for his longevity and form.
“He’s one of the best players in the world,” Brown said on Viaplay. “He was voted the best player in the world one year in fact and has been named the best winger in the world on a couple of occasions.”
Ryan Hall ‘rises to the big occasions’
Explaining what is so great about him, Brown lauded the 40-times capped England winger as a player for the big occasion.
“What’s great about him is he rises to the big occasions,” he added. “He has won the Lance Todd Trophy and has won the Grand Final a number of times.
“He does everything you want from a winger including try scoring. He’s the second highest try scorer in the competition ever.”
Hall has recently been kept on the sidelines after undergoing a minor operation.
That caused him to miss the win over Wakefield Trinity, though he was back in contention to face Leigh last time out.
During his absence, the Robins brought in Fouad Yaha on loan from Catalans Dragons.
He was sin-binned on his first appearances and fined £250 for a Grade B high tackle, but escaped suspension.
After picking up a hamstring injury in the defeat to the Leopards, he has since been recalled by his parent club alongside full-back Tanguy Zenon, paving the way for Hall to return to the first team.