21st May 2019, 15:26 | englandrl

England Watch | NRL

England Watch | NRL

History was made this past weekend as six Englishmen took to the field to feature in the same NRL match for the first-time ever.  

Sam, Tom and George Burgess all played for South Sydney Rabbitohs as they faced a Canberra Raiders side boasting the presence ofJosh Hodgson, Elliot Whitehead and Ryan Sutton.  

South Sydney came away with the victory with Sam Burgess captaining the side making 33 defensive efforts. Tom Burgess ran for 86 metres from his 9 carries, almost averaging a ten-metre gain per carry. George Burgess made an impact from the interchange bench. 

Elliot Whitehead was one of the standout performers in the fixture making 43 tackles, which was more than any other player on the field. The back-rower also made 102 running metres from his 11 carries. 

Loose-forward Ryan Sutton was impressive going forward for the Raiders as he clocked 130 running metres with 42 of these coming post-contact. Sutton trailed Canberra teammate Whitehead by just one defensive effort making 42 tackles.

Josh Hodgson was also extremely active in defence making 39 tackles. Hodgson was also a constant thorn in the Rabbitohs side – albeit in defeat – placing four attacking kicks and making 105 passes from acting halfback. 

Ryan Hall made his long-awaited debut for Sydney Roosters on Friday and made a solid start to life Down Under. The former Leeds Rhinos winger powered forward for an impressive 133 metres with 57 of these coming post-contact.  

James Graham was also in action but couldn’t prevent his St George Illawarra Dragons side falling to another defeat in heavy fashion as they lost 12-45 to Newcastle Knights. Graham made 28 tackles and averaged nine metres per carry. 

Next weekend, Ryan Hall’s Sydney Roosters will travel to Newcastle Knights. The Canberra Crew will host North Queensland Cowboys. The Burgess Brothers will take one Wests Tigers while James Graham’s St George side will go up against Cronulla Sharks.