Building the Ultimate Rugby League Player: Insights from George Williams

England Captain and Warrington Wolves Star George Williams Shares His Perfect Rugby League Player

In a new feature set to debut on Love Rugby League in 2024, the publication is inviting both current and former players to build their ultimate rugby league player. Focusing on five key attributes – passing, kicking, speed, tackling, and rugby IQ – the “My Perfect Player” series has already featured Wigan Warriors captain Liam Farrell, Warrington Wolves fullback Matt Dufty, and St Helens women’s head coach Matty Smith.

Now, it’s the turn of England skipper George Williams, the Warrington half-back, to share his all-time dream player. While the “hypothetical laboratory” scenario was purely imaginary, Williams’ selections provide an insightful look into the qualities he deems essential for rugby league greatness.

Rugby IQ

For rugby IQ, Williams selected legendary Australian playmaker Andrew Johns.


When it comes to kicking, the Warrington star believes Jonathan Thurston is among the greatest of all time.


As for tackling, Williams was unequivocal in his choice of Tommy Leuluai, stating the Wigan warrior “smokes everyone.”


In terms of speed, the England captain highlighted the pace of his Warrington teammates Matt Dufty, Matty Ashton, and Connor Wrench, but ultimately settled on NRL star Josh Addo-Carr as the fastest player he’s encountered.


For passing, Williams pointed to former NRL player Trent Barrett as the master of the craft.

This in-depth look at George Williams’ “Perfect Player” provides rugby league enthusiasts with a unique perspective from one of the sport’s premier talents.

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