Six Tackles: Players in World Cup who would be great purchases for Super League

Italy's Joey Tramontana (Image credit -

We have picked out six players from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup who would be bargain buys for a number of Super League clubs.


How the 27-year-old has never played Super League is such a surprise because he is a quality full-back. He only ever played one NRL game for Sydney Roosters back in 2011 and jumped around a few clubs but he has most recently been at Toulouse Olympique.

With the absence of Tony Gigot at Catalans Dragons, it seems France star Kheirallah would be perfect fit for the Dragons. He has scored 51 tries in 56 games for Toulouse and has been stand-out player for France this year, scoring a length of the field try against Australia.


The 22-year-old was an unsung hero in Lebanon’s magnificent World Cup campaign. He currently plays for North Sydney Bears in the New South Wales Cup.

Miski has never played NRL but is a really good winger. He played in all four games and scored a brace in their quarter-final defeat to Tonga. He is strong in defence as well and would be a good buy for a Super League side.


The 26-year-old only ever played one game in the NRL and that came for St George Illawarra Dragons in 2015. He now plays for Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup.

Page was one of Papua New Guinea’s best forwards at the World Cup and got through so much work in tough conditions. He made over 500 metres in the tournament, making 64 tackles. He would be great player to bolster a Super League pack.


The 30-year-old had a spell with Toulouse Olympique in 2013 but has been at Sydney Roosters for the last two years and has made nine appearances. He has found chances hard to come by in the NRL but he has been brilliant for Fiji in the last two World Cups.

Vunakece is gets through a lot of work but more importantly, he makes a lot of yards with every carry. He has made 81 tackles and 427 metres in the 2017 World Cup. He would make a brilliant impact sub in Super League.


The 20-year-old was on the books at Canterbury Bulldogs but failed to make a first-grade appearance. He was their Under-20s captain in the Holden Cup in 2017 but his contract expired at the end of the season and is currently looking for a new club.

Tramontana was at the heart of everything Italy did in attack and had a great 2017 Rugby League World Cup. He is a brilliant traditional hooker who gets stuck in and provides good support player. A name to remember.


The 29-year-old was by far USA’s best forward at the tournament. His contract with Gold Coast Titans has recently expired and he has previously played for South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers in the NRL.

Pettybourne spent the 2014 season in Super League with Wigan Warriors and he is known for making a lot of metres with the ball in hand.  He proved in the World Cup that he can certainly do a good job for another club in England, or even the NRL.

Who else would be a realistic good buy for a Super League club for 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

About Drew Darbyshire 8032 Articles
Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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