Six Tackles: World Cup 2013 Ones to Watch

With just four weeks until the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, we list six players to keep an eye on as the tournament kicks off at the Millennium Stadium.

Greg Inglis (Australia)

What safer place than to start with potentially one of the stars of the tournament? ‘GI’ has long been a scintillating performer – his dynamism at the line coupled with his ability to conjure up try-scoring situations seemingly out of nothing elevates him above many of his peers.

The versatile back is entering his prime at 26, and his form for South Sydney Rabbitohs this season is simmering towards the opening ceremony clash against England.

 

Rhys Evans (Wales)

Having opted to represent Wales in May, it came as a timely boost for national coach Iestyn Harris

The Warrington Wolves youngster has recently returned to Super League action – scoring on his return to the starting line-up against Catalan Dragons

Long tipped for the big stage in the principality, the fair-haired centre’s rangy running style should provide the guile to a forward pack that is likely to include his twin brother Ben.

 

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand)

You can be forgiven at first for not noticing the Sydney Roosters winger – at just 5ft10 he is dwarfed by fellow wide man Daniel Tupou. But the fleet-footed youngster is certainly making people sit up and take notice. Armed with pace and devious footwork, Tuivasa-Sheck has shown he can be a potent threat from the wing or at full-back.

In his first full season in the NRL, his performances have only enhanced since being selected in the 19-man squad for this season’s ANZAC Test, the latest of which seeing him score the match-winning try in the Roosters’ play-off win over Manly. 

 

Sam Burgess (England)

Whilst Sean O’Loughlin faces a race to be fit for the start of the tournament, Burgess has been dominant in the NRL – his 151 run metres was South Sydney’s highest during Friday’s 20-10 play-off win over Melbourne Storm.

The opening ceremony clash against Australia enables Burgess to pick up where he leaves off after the NRL play-offs, and such go-forward is sure to buoy England coach Steve McNamara.

 

Kevin Larroyer (France)

The Catalan centre only made his international debut in last year’s autumn international series against England and Wales, but he quickly made his mark with his ability to offload out of tackles. He has since backed up with 10 tries in 20 appearances in 2013, and has the potential to light up Group B.

 

Akuila Uate (Fiji)

This one still needs official confirmation, but the Newcastle Knights winger looks set to represent the country of his birth having not played in Australia’s most recent games. 

At club, Origin and international level, the winger’s try-scoring record speaks for itself. Such firepower will be crucial for Bati in a tough group.

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