Hill makes yearbook list

Chris Hill's remarkable rise has been recognised by his selection as one of five personalities of the year.

Hill has risen from part-time rugby league to the international stage within the space of 12 months.

The former Leigh prop, who made the 2012 Super League Dream Team in his first season with Challenge Cup winners Warrington before helping England to success in the autumn international series, has been honoured by the Gillette Rugby League Yearbook, published on Thursday by League Publications Ltd.

The other individuals judged to have made the biggest impact on the game in 2012 are England and Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield, Man of Steel Sam Tomkins, former Bradford coach Mick Potter and Catalan Dragons scrum-half Scott Dureau.

The Yearbook is now in its 17th year and is firmly established as the sport's bible.

It contains the full story of the domestic year, details of the international season and the Australian NRL season and match facts for every Super League match, Challenge Cup ties involving professional teams, the Championship and Championship One and Northern Rail Cup.

"It proved to be another year of drama for rugby league," said contributing editor Tim Butcher.

"Both showpiece finals at Wembley and Old Trafford were excellent and memorable events and Leeds and Warrington folk will remember them for years to come.

"The financial crisis at Bradford was the major story of the year but out of that negative came plenty of good news stories, not least the rallying round of rugby league fans, players and officials to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds and phlegmatic way that head coach Mick Potter and his staff guided the side to ninth position, despite a six-point deduction for entering administration."