Rhinos' star named in World XIII
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Leeds Rhinos' winger Ryan Hall has been rewarded for his fine form in 2012 by being named in the annual Rugby League World XIII.
The team, which is voted for by the game's media, features 12 NRL stars, including Hall's England team-mates Sam Burgess and James Graham.
This is the first time the 25-year-old has been named in the side and will undoubtedly give him a massive confidence boost ahead of next year's World Cup.
Rugby League World editor John Drake says Hall was the standout player in the voting for his position and, with Sam Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin and James Roby also going close, he believes the omens are good for Steve McNamara's side ahead of next year's tournament.
"Every year we invite members of the print and broadcast media across the Rugby League playing world to vote for our World XIII and this year's ultimate line-up is as formidable as any," he said.
"While NRL based Englishmen James Graham and Sam Burgess made the final cut, along with Ryan Hall who emerged as the runaway leader in the voting for a wing position, four other Super League players only just missed out too and hopefully that's a good omen for the World Cup in 2013!"
Team: Slater (Melbourne), Morris (St George-Illawarra), Inglis (South Sydney), Morris (Canterbury), Hall (Leeds Rhinos ), Thurston (North Queensland), Cronk (Melbourne), Graham (Canterbury), Smith (Melbourne), Kasiano (Canterbury), Myles (Gold Coast), Burgess (South Sydney), Gallen (Cronulla).