Former NRL stars Kurt Gidley, Mahe Fonua and Mark Minichiello have been rewarded for their outstanding seasons in the English Super League by earning selection in the competition’s team of the year.
Gidley starred for Warrington in his first season in the Super League, leading the Wolves to the Challenge Cup final against Hull.
The Challenge Cup finalists contributed ten of the 13 players named on Monday.
The Wembley winners that day have six representatives, including former Gold Coast and South Sydney backrower Mark Minichiello and Melbourne centre Mahe Fonua, with Gidley’s Wolves offer four.
Also amongst Minichiello’s Hull teammates who feature in the team is former Wests Tigers hero Gareth Ellis, who earns his fifth selection but first since 2008.