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Top five Aussies to star in Super League

The Super League story is rich with the contributions of players that have hailed from Australia over the years.

Here’s a look at five of the best to have done it.

Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors & Catalans Dragons)

Starting his NRL career with the Parramatta Eels and West Tigers, Wigan Warriors snapped up utility back Pat Richards back in 2006.

The talented back from Liverpool, New South Wales, would go on to have eight great years with Wigan and make 224 appearances for the Lancashire outfit.

Richards was a points machine for the Warriors, scoring 2,468 points in total, with 168 tries, 869 goals and four drop goals for good measure.

Winning six major trophies at the club, including two Super League Grand Finals, Richards was named Man of Steel for his efforts during the 2010 season.

Overlooked by Australia, Richards also went on to have an international career with Ireland after qualifying through his parentage.

Richards’ time with Wigan came to an end when he rejoined Wests Tigers for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

He made his return to Super League for one campaign in 2016 with the Catalans Dragons but it’s really his time with Wigan that makes Richards stand out as an Aussie Super League great.

Brett Hodgson (Huddersfield Giants & Warrington Wolves)

Another player to hail from Liverpool, NSW, Brett Hodgson was a key figure during his spells with Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves.

Starting his NRL career with Parramatta Eels and West Tigers, Hodgson swapped sunny Sydney for West Yorkshire in 2009.

It was clear from the start Hodgson would be a success in Super League and he became the fourth Australian to win the Man of Steel award, in what was his first season with Huddersfield.

Hodgson did not enjoy the same team success as others on this list but the fullback was lauded for his performance in both Huddersfield and Warrington.

Jamie Lyon (St Helens)

Winning a Challenge Cup and a Grand Final during his time in England, Jamie Lyon enjoyed a successful but brief spell in Super League.

Leaving Parramatta to join St Helens in 2005, Lyon would win the Challenge Cup in his first season, beating Huddersfield in the final.

Lyon enjoyed a great send-off in his last year with Saints, as the Merseyside outfit beat Hull FC in the 2006 Grand Final, with the Aussie kicking three goals in a 26-4 victory.

Manly came calling and Lyon returned to Australia where he would finish his playing career with the Sea Eagles in 2016.

Danny Buderus (Leeds Rhinos)

Signing with Leeds Rhinos from the Newcastle Knights in 2009, hooker Dan Buderus had an immediate impact on his arrival at Headingley.

While there was disappointment with two Challenge Cup final defeats during his time in Leeds, Buderus still managed to help the Rhinos beat St Helens in a famous 30-16 Grand Final win that saw the legendary Rob Burrow score an iconic try with his run starting at the halfway line.

Australian international Buderus left Leeds after that Grand Final success at Old Trafford to return to Newcastle in the NRL.

Brett Delaney (Leeds Rhinos)

A winner of four Super League Grand Finals, and helping Leeds Rhinos achieve an impressive treble in 2015, forward Brett Delaney remains one of the most successful players to have featured in this competition.

Perhaps not the most gifted player in this list, what Delaney might have lacked in individual skill, he made up for in grit and determination.

A ferocious competitor who was never afraid to be involved in the most physical side of the game, Delaney was an important cog in the Rhinos title-winning machine between 2010 and 2018.

Four Grand Final wins, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge title to his name, Delaney has an impressive title collection that is the envy of many.

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