History will be made when six Englishmen play in an NRL match for the first time this weekend.

South Sydney and England international Sam Burgess.


Brothers Sam, Tom and George Burgess will line up under England head coach Wayne Bennett for South Sydney against Canberra Raiders on Saturday.

The Raiders line up features Englishmen Josh Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead and Ryan Sutton.

The top-four clash, which has been dubbed the “Battle of Britain”, will break the record of five Englishman in one match set in 1976 when Penrith’s Bill Ashurst, Mike Stephenson and Dave Topliss went up against Manly’s Steve Norton and Phil Lowe.

The record was equalled in the 1989 Easts-Wests match, which featured Roosters duo Martin Offiah and Joe Lydon against the Magpies trio of Ellery Hanley, Gary Schofield and Kelvin Skerrett.

The tally on Saturday would have been seven if Canberra back-rower John Bateman was not sidelined with a fractured eye-socket and the Raiders are set to add a fifth Englishman for 2020 with Wigan stand-off George Williams set to follow Bateman and Sutton to the Australian capital.

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