There's been an influx of Englishmen to the NRL in recent years and 2019 is no exception. Raiders fans can look forward to seeing John Bateman and Ryan Sutton running out for the Green Machine, while Roosters fans will get to see Ryan Hall in the NRL at long last.

Some Super League exports have been welcome additions such as Josh Hodgson and Elliot Whitehead, while other players you've probably forgotten about, like Jordan Turner and Greg Eden.

Sadly they can't all be the next Sam Burgess or James Graham, but here are five current Super League stars who could shine in the NRL if they decide to head Down Under.


1. Luke Thompson

Still just 23 years-old and with over 100 appearances to his name, Thompson debuted for St Helens way back in 2013 and was part of the Grand Final winning team a year later.

He's continued to improve year on year since then, and his outstanding 2018 season culminated in anĀ England call-up for the test series with New Zealand and a place in the Super League Dream Team.

Able to play anywhere in the forwards, his best position in my opinion is at Prop and his fearless ball carrying reminds me of a young James Graham.

SALFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Luke Thompson of St Helens looks to offload during the Betfred Super League match between Salford Red Devils and St Helens at AJ Bell Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Salford, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)


  1. You can add Joe Wardle and Dan Sarginson to the list of pommie flops in the NRL, and we saw Joe Burgess play for the Roosters for part of the 2016 season before joining the Burgess trio at Redfern.

  2. He’s a beast, could definitely do well in the NRL. Unfortunately he’s completely ruled out moving to Oz though for family reasons so I’ve only included players who I think might make the move at some point.

  3. Tom johnstone best finisher in super league watch his tries on youtube if he was at wigan or saint helens he would bag 40+ a season 24 in 23 games for lesser club he scored hat trick on international debut and got 3 in friendly last weekend against hull

  4. Whoopi …Zac Hardaker had been English Super League Man Of Steel.
    Came out to Penrith for half a season. Doubt if I’ve ever seen a worse back take the field in first grade.

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