5 of the biggest names on show in Super League 2020
Sonny Bill Williams headlines a host of stars flocking to Super League for the 2020 season.
Here, the PA news agency looks at five of the biggest names who will be on show in next year’s competition.
Sonny Bill Williams (Toronto Wolfpack)
Perhaps the highest-profile signing in Super League history, Williams arrives at Toronto fresh from representing New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup. Such is his ability, the 34-year-old is regarded as a great in both codes of the game and is likely to draw huge audiences from all over the world.
Gareth Widdop (Warrington Wolves)
Wolves fans are hopeful that Widdop is the final piece in the puzzle as they look to push for a maiden Super League title that has evaded them for years. His signing creates an exciting halves partnership with fellow Great Britain international Blake Austin – an area in which they were arguably lacking in 2019 in the absence of Kevin Brown.
Manu Ma’u (Hull FC)
Nicknamed the ‘Tongan Terminator’, there is no doubt Ma’u will get pulses racing next season. British fans got a glimpse of the 31-year-old during the GB Lions’ defeat to Tonga earlier this month, in which he displayed his trademark aggressive style. He replaces retiring veteran Mark Minichiello as coach Lee Radford looks to freshen up his forward pack.
James Maloney (Catalan Dragons)
An Australia and New South Wales Origin representative, Maloney forms half of Catalans’ new halves combination for 2020. He will link up with fellow Aussie Josh Drinkwater with the aim of settling a Dragons side who have struggled with consistency in recent years.
George Burgess (Wigan Warriors)
Dewsbury native Burgess returns to UK shores after a successful eight-year spell Down Under. During that time he won an NRL Premiership and World Club Challenge with South Sydney, as well as picking up 15 England caps. Not only will he bolster Wigan’s pack, the 27-year-old will also serve as an inspiration to promising forwards Oliver Partington, Morgan Smithies and Liam Byrne.