Search is on to find Challenge Cup’s brightest overseas star

posted on 20 April 2010

Carnegie Challenge CupPeter Sterling or Brett Kenny? Michael Monaghan or Graham Eadie? Jamie Sandy or John Dorahy?

That’s the question facing Rugby League fans around the world in a new poll to find the greatest overseas player ever to have played in the Challenge Cup.

Countless truly world class players from the southern hemisphere have paraded their skills in Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition throughout its 113-year history and the RFL has today launched a search to identify the one star who has shone brightest.

Last year’s Carnegie Challenge Cup final saw Warrington’s Michael Monaghan become only the third Australian player to win the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in a Wembley final but scores of his fellow countrymen have thrilled fans in this country down the years.

So, too, have hundreds of Kiwis, South Sea Islanders, Papuans and players from other countries such as South Africa, the homeland of St Helens legend Tom Van Vollenhoven, and the RFL would like to know which overseas player is the best in the tournament’s history.

“Rugby League fans responded in their thousands to identify Sheffield Eagles’ Wembley victory over Wigan in 1998 as the greatest Challenge Cup giant-killing act of all time in our recent poll and I’m sure even more will have equally strong views on who the best overseas player has been,” said the RFL’s Media Manager John Ledger.

“Although overseas stars have helped make many finals memorable, our search isn’t restricted to the players who have played at Wembley.
“We would like to hear from fans of as many clubs as possible to identify the greatest overseas player in the history of the Challenge Cup.”

Fans are asked to send an e-mail with the subject ‘Greatest Overseas Player’ to stating their favourite player’s name and a brief explanation as to why they feel he should win the poll.

Everyone who submits their entry before the closing date of Friday April 30 will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets for the 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday August 28.

Tickets for the 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final are currently on sale, priced from just £21. To book your Wembley seat at the historic 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final contact the RFL ticket office on 0844 856 11 13 or visit

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