Warriors trio make list of top 100 stars

Sean O'Loughlin, here receiving his Player of the Year award from Wendy Fy of Caliper Engineering, has been named among the top 100 players in the world

Sean O'Loughlin, here receiving his Player of the Year award from Wendy Fy of Caliper Engineering, has been named among the top 100 players in the world

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THREE Wigan players have been included in a list of the world’s top 100 rugby league players.

Warriors and England captain Sean O’Loughlin is the highest-ranked Super League representative, at 31, on the annual list published yesterday by Australian magazine Rugby League Week.

Joe Burgess has squeezed into the reckoning at 100, while fellow winger Josh Charnley is at 62.

Interestingly, Wigan have more representatives than NRL clubs Parramatta Eels and Newcastle Knights, who each have two players included.

In total, 11 Super League players make the coveted century, with Leeds also providing three players – Jamie Peacock (93), Ryan Hall (92) and Kallum Watkins (68).

Warrington have two players included – Joel Monaghan (88) and Wigan-born prop Chris Hill (78).

Catalan, Castleford and St Helens all have one each – Morgan Escare (99), Daryl Clark (97) and James Roby (80) respectively.

The magazine’s judges considered past records, consistency, potential and their 2014 performances.

Former Wigan favourite Sam Tomkins makes the list at 61 after a modestly-successful debut season in the NRL.

Frustratingly for league fans, two of the top four players have since departed the sport, with Jarryd Hayne (American Football) joining Sam Burgess (rugby union) in seeking a fresh challenge.

Greg Inglis tops the list, an ominous reminder to England of his stature ahead of the start of the Four Nations next week.