Ten of the best English rugby league players of all time

Ask anyone to put together a list of the 10 best English rugby league players and you’ll no doubt end up with a lively discussion. However, we’re going to attempt to do it here.

While we know you might not agree with our choices, we’re sure that many of the players on our list will also make it onto yours!

Sam Tomkins

Despite moving to New Zealand to further his career, as a former Wigan player he was part of the winning team in two Super League Grand Finals in 2010 and 2013, and two Challenge Cups in 2011 and 2013. Homesickness brought him back to his beloved Wigan in 2015.

Martin Offiah

One of the best known names in English rugby, Offiah was probably the fastest player in Rugby League. As a regular for Wigan from the late 80s to the early 2000s, he was credited with an amazing 501 tries, making him the third-highest try scorer of all time.

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield spent the whole of his professional career with Leeds Rhinos and, as an England captain, definitely merits a place in our top ten. One of the most successful players in the history of the Super League, he was one of only four British-based players to win the Golden Boot. His popularity has ensured his immortality as he’s been credited with inspiring the rugby star online slot.

Andy Gregory

Just 5 feet 5 inches tall, Gregory spent most of his professional career at his hometown team of Wigan. He was the first player to win the Lance Todd Trophy on two occasions, and was also the first player to win 5 Challenge Cup Final winners’ medals.

Garry Schofield

One of Britain’s most capped players, and awarded the 1990 Rugby League World Golden Boot, Garry Schofield definitely deserves a place in our list.

Roger Millward

Five feet four inches tall, and less than 11 stones, Roger the Dodger Millward played for both Hull KR and England as scrum-half.

Shaun Edwards

Shaun spent most of his career at Wigan, and is still the most decorated player in English rugby league. He was captain of the side that won 43 Challenge Cup ties in a row, and acquired 8 winners’ medals along the way.

Billy Boston

Billy Boston made his name as one of the most famous players in Rugby League. He was born in Wales and began his playing days in rugby union, however he joined Wigan in 1953 and spent the next 15 years there.

Ellery Hanley

Who can forget Ellery Hanley? He played for several teams, including Wigan and of course England, throughout his 17 year career, and was voted greatest UK player ever in 2007.

Alex Murphy

Alex made his name at the age of just 19 during the Lions’ Australia tour in 1958, when he scored 21 tries in 20 games. He made more than 500 professional appearances, playing 319 games for St. Helens.


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