Richard Moore, previously one of the great misfits of the game, has reformed himself sufficiently to be on the brink of a Great Britain cap. The prop forward had been through a series of clubs before joining Wakefield last winter, with his stay at each one usually ended by indiscipline.
But after an outstanding season, Moore is one of three Wakefield players included in the first batch of 11 players selected by Tony Smith to prepare for the Test series against New Zealand this autumn. The other Wildcats selected are Matt Blaymire and Jamie Rooney.
The startling progress of Kevin Penny, the 19-year-old winger named this week in the Super League Dream Team after little more than a dozen first-team outings, is also recognised.
Four other Warrington players are named – Jon Clarke and Ben Westwood, plus the established internationals, Adrian Morley and Martin Gleeson.
Relegated Salford have two representatives, although Andy Coley has signed for Wigan and David Hodgson is destined for Huddersfield. Paul Sykes, who is moving from Harlequins to Bradford, will also do so via the Great Britain squad. Further names will be added as clubs are eliminated from the play-offs.
Bradford's scrum-half, Paul Deacon, is a doubtful starter for their elimination play-off against Wigan on Friday night with a niggling hamstring injury.