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Three Kiwis have been named in the English Super League's dream team.
Bradford Bulls winger Lesley Vainikolo, Leeds second rower Ali Lauitiiti and Wakefield Trinity's David Solomona made the side which also includes players like Great Britain stars Paul Sculthorpe, Andy Farrell and Keith Senior.
Vainikolo has caused opposition defenders plenty of trouble with his bustling runs and amazing try-scoring ability while Solomona has been the key to his side making the Super League playoffs for the first time.
All three are likely to be called-up for Daniel Anderson's Kiwis squad to play Great Britain and Australia in the Tri-Series in October and November.
The 2004 Tetley?s Rugby Super League Dream Team is:
Full Back: Shaun Briscoe (Hull FC) Wing: Lesley Vainikolo (Bradford Bulls) Centre: Keith Senior (Leeds Rhinos) Centre: Sid Domic (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) Wing: Marcus Bai (Leeds Rhinos) Stand Off: Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos) Scrum Half: Richard Horne (Hull FC) Prop: Andrew Farrell (Wigan Warriors) Hooker: Matt Diskin (Leeds Rhinos) Prop: Paul King (Hull FC) Second Row: Ali Lauitiiti (Leeds Rhinos) Second Row: David Solomona (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) Loose Fwd: Paul Sculthorpe (St Helens)
Meanwhile former New Zealand Warrior and Brisbane Bronco Motu Tony will join Kiwis legend Stephen Kearney and Richard Swain at Hull next season.
Tony left the Broncos midway through this season to join the Castleford Tigers side. He has signed a two-year deal with Hull.