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Who stood out at the World Cup? Fiji, Ireland, England and PNG represented in top four players

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Kevin Naiqama

THE Wests Tigers’ fullback is, undoubtedly, one of the best in the world in his position.

With flair and speed in abundance, Naiqama was a crucial player in Fiji’s unbeaten run that took them into the last four, beating the Kiwis in the semi-finals were Naiqama was sensational.

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His passion and pride in playing for his nation sent shivers down the spine.

The tears he shed as the Fijian national anthem was being played prior to their clash with the USA will long be remembered as one of the most powerful moments of this World Cup and he backed it up with his displays.

Luke Page

PNG are renowned for their physicality and their carefree, no nonsense, head on collisions running style.

Page, must be one of the most powerful runners in the game, has played a handful of times in the NRL with St George Illawarra Dragons in 2015 but has since been plying his trade for Queensland Cup side, Burleigh Bears.

However, with his direct, aggressive running made him the most metres out of any of his fellow PNG forwards – and his aggressive style in defence on show throughout his and PNG’s time at the World Cup. I feel sure he is a man on the radar of many Super League and possibly NRL clubs.

Liam Kay

LIAM Kay plays on the wing for Toronto Wolfpack and Ireland.

His speed, agility and never say die attitude was summed up with one tackle against PNG in Port Moresby when he prevented a certain try under the posts after a clean break in the middle of the field, some effort given the distance he had to travel to just get there. In attack he is brave, quick and deceptively strong with an excellent play of the ball technique.

Watch out for him in next year’s Championship and middle 8s competition!

Jermaine McGillvary

AFTER impressing in a mediocre 2017 season for Huddersfield Giants, McGillvary boarded the plane to Australia with very few in the southern hemisphere knowing him.Well that changed very quickly!

McGillvary has scored seven tries in the World Cup campaign – the highest in the England side – it is other aspects of his game that most impressed.

His defence was first class, whilst his ball-running now has to be one of the strongest in World Rugby League, his metre-count was ridiculous, McGillvary impressed everyone so much that he was shortlisted for the Golden Boot as the world’s best player and has been talked about by many to become a star in the NRL.

Source: Hull Daily Mail

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