In case you hadn’t heard, Ryan Hall is the next big talent to make the switch from Super League to the NRL.
Hall made 330 appearances for Leeds Rhinos, scoring 233 tries and helping the club to six Grand Final victories and two Challenge Cup triumphs. Sadly, his Leeds career has already come to an end after an anterior cruciate ligament injury but fans are hopeful of a full and speedy recovery in the coming months.
Hall is now on the wrong side of 30, but the Leeds legend has shown no sign of slowing down. The Rhinos winger had notched 11 tries in 23 Super League appearances in 2018 before suffering that injury and it was heartbreaking to see Hall leave the field for the final time in a Leeds shirt.
There is absolutely no chance of a recovery before the end of the current season and Hall will continue his rehabilitation in Australia.
INJURY UPDATE: Ryan Hall
The winger may have played his last game at Headingley 😪
The Sydney Roosters have already agreed to sign Hall on a two-year deal and fans will be saddened to hear news of his setback. Already contenders for the NRL title, Hall could make the difference for Sydney in their pursuit of silverware during his stint with the Roosters. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Hall make a full recovery and Sydney will be confident of challenging for silverware with the England star at his brilliant best.
At the time of writing, the Roosters are sitting pretty at the top of the NRL ladder and plenty of punters will be backing the league leaders to go on and win the Grand Final this year. As of August 16th, Sydney are valued at 4/1 in rugby league betting to do just that and it would take a brave man to write the Roosters off. Even without Hall, Sydney have the talent to put their rivals to the sword.
With a +163 points differential, Sydney are also topping the NRL in that category and that shows just how consistent the Roosters have been. Hall will bring a wealth of experience to the club and his vast knowledge of the sport should help Sydney’s younger players – both on and off the pitch. He might not be as influential as he once was but Hall is still able to make a significant impact on the Australian stage.
The NRL is by far and away the most competitive division in world rugby league; only a fool would argue against that belief. Hall ticks all the right boxes to be an instant hit in Australia – it is just a shame that he will only spend a short amount of his career with Sydney. Leeds fans will miss him dearly over the coming years; there’s no doubt about that.
Sydney are well placed to challenge for supremacy in Australia’s elite rugby league division this year and Hall’s arrival will only cement their standing as one of the best teams on the planet. The Roosters could head into next season as defending NRL champions and Hall, hopefully returning fresh from injury, could be the difference maker as Trent Robinson’s side look to retain the crown.