Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

7723

Super League Dream Team 2013

82 posts in this topic

The 2013 Super League Dream Team is as follows:

Full-back: Sam TOMKINS (Wigan Warriors)
Dream Team appearances: 5 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Wing: Josh CHARNLEY (Wigan Warriors)

Dream Team appearances: 2 (2012, 2013)

Centre: Leroy CUDJOE (Huddersfield Giants)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Centre: Ben CROOKS (Hull FC)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Wing: Tom LINEHAM (Hull FC)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Stand-off: Danny BROUGH (Huddersfield Giants)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Scrum-half: Matty SMITH (Wigan Warriors)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Prop: Jamie PEACOCK (Leeds Rhinos)
Dream Team appearances: 9 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013)

Hooker: Shaun LUNT (Huddersfield Giants)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Prop: Eorl CRABTREE (Huddersfield Giants)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Second row: Brett FERRES (Huddersfield Giants)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Second row: Danny KIRMOND (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
Dream Team appearances: 1 (2013)

Loose forward: Sean O’LOUGHLIN (Wigan Warriors). 
Dream Team appearances: 4 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The first ever all-British dream team?

 

A bit of extra motivation for the Warrington players this weekend?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmm. Probably about what I expected too.

 

But by my crude (Dream Team*) reckoning O'Loughlin has missed 12 games. Tomkins and Crooks have missed a large handful too, not that they haven't been great.

 

Good spot by NathanWood7 too. That's fantastic.

 

(* the IRFL Dream Team I made pre-season which includes Tomkins and O'Loughlin)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is the first all British. Come a long way from 2001 when there were only 6 British players.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Even though the photo on the SuperLeague website was done on a vintage Nokia the shirt looks a bit rubbish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

MEDIA RELEASE

 

The depth of talent available to England in a Rugby League World Cup year is reflected in the 2013 Super League Dream Team which for the first time in its history comprises 13 English players.

The 2013 Dream Team features 12 Englishmen plus Danny Brough, the Dewsbury-born Huddersfield Giants stand-off who captained Scotland in the 2008 World Cup and who is set to lead the Bravehearts in Rugby League World Cup 2013.

The prevalence of English talent is a testimony to the significant investment in player development by the Super League clubs over the last decade, as well as the success of initiatives such as club-trained and federation-trained rules. The absence of any overseas players comes 12 years after the 2001 Dream Team included just four England players.

This year’s star-studded line-up features nine Dream Team debutants as well as reigning Super League Man of Steel Sam Tomkins and former England captain Jamie Peacock, who has had an outstanding year with defending champions Leeds Rhinos.

Peacock, 35, last appeared in the Dream Team in 2009 and has now made a record nine appearances in the team of the year.

The youngest player selected is Ben Crooks, the 20-year-old Hull FC centre who was just seven years of age when Peacock made his Dream Team bow in 2000. Crooks’s dynamic and productive club partnership with Tom Lineham also sees the 21-year-old named on the wing.

Huddersfield Giants, who ended the regular season on top of the table for the first time in 81 years, have most representatives in the Dream Team with five – centre Leroy Cudjoe, stand-off Brough, prop Eorl Crabtree, hooker Shaun Lunt and second row Brett Ferres.

Tetley’s Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors have four players in the Dream Team – full-back Sam Tomkins, winger Josh Charnley, scrum-half Matty Smith and loose forward Sean O’Loughlin.

The only player named in the Dream Team who is not involved in the Super League play-offs that kick off this weekend is second row Danny Kirmond, who has been the stand-out performer for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in 2013.

The Super League Dream Team is selected by a panel of the sport’s broadcasters and journalists in a secret ballot and represents the form team of the Super League season.

In 2001, the Super League Dream Team’s four England players were Kris Radlinski, Paul Sculthorpe, Jamie Peacock and Andy Farrell. A seven-strong overseas contingent was augmented by Wales hooker Keiron Cunningham and Ireland prop Terry O’Connor.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A few I generally disagree with but a great team nonetheless.

All of those players deserve their accolade, but there are a couple (Houghton, Escare) that may feel they had a good chance of getting in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 the shirt looks a bit rubbish.

 

Nonsense.

 

It's good for rugby league to promote alternative lifestyles.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nonsense.

 

It's good for rugby league to promote alternative lifestyles.

I thought that too, but saw nothing skim reading the bumf about it being associated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do find it slightly strange that Wire don't have a single player in there. We have won as many games as Huddersfield this year, and have beaten Hudds on all three occasions we have played them.

 

There does appear to be a very strange Yorkshire bias in the selections.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is odd that Wire aren't represented

Maybe they have the 2nd best players in all positions ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is odd that Wire aren't represented

Maybe they have the 2nd best players in all positions ;)

 

The best teams don't always have the best individuals.

 

And sometimes in a strong team it's harder for individual talent to stand out.

 

But probably best blame it on a "very strange Yorkshire bias".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The best teams don't always have the best individuals.

 

And sometimes in a strong team it's harder for individual talent to stand out.

 

But probably best blame it on a "very strange Yorkshire bias".

There is a vocal few that suggest Wire must be over the salary cap, paying using brown envelopes because of all the superstars in our team. That team of superstars then win as many games as Huddersfield yet get nowhere near this team. Something doesn't add up.

 

FWIW, as well as a Yorkshire bias, I do think that the all England team is a little political.

 

Which journos vote in this, and do they watch all the games?

 

Do Catalan get a fair crack at this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Something doesn't add up.

 

This goes all the way to City Hall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This goes all the way to City Hall.

indeed. or perhaps we just have a solid team of workhorses with no shortage of skill. 

 

I assume this will put to bed any claims of us stacking our squad with world class players?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would say Micky Higham is very unlucky to not get in the team. He is the stand out Warrington player for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does all this Lancashire/Yorkshire thing really still exist in the 21st century? Not a rivalry, as such, but a belief that something such as this might really be affected. I'm not sure if Dave, a usually sensible poster, is joking or not.

It just strikes me as really backwards.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does all this Lancashire/Yorkshire thing really still exist in the 21st century? Not a rivalry, as such, but a belief that something such as this might really be affected. I'm not sure if Dave, a usually sensible poster, is joking or not.

It just strikes me as really backwards.

 

It's a combined Lancs/Yorks bias against Cheshire.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would say Micky Higham is very unlucky to not get in the team. He is the stand out Warrington player for me.

In all seriousness on the Warrington point, I'm not surprised that we have none in there. I thought Higham had a chance, but hooker was competitve.

 

I'd have put Mongahan on the wing - as much as I enjoy watching Lineham, there are 10 wingers who have scored more tries than him this year, although I'm not sure how many games Lineham played.

 

Our other key players have been Grix (utility), Ratchford (utility) and Hill. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does all this Lancashire/Yorkshire thing really still exist in the 21st century? Not a rivalry, as such, but a belief that something such as this might really be affected. I'm not sure if Dave, a usually sensible poster, is joking or not.

It just strikes me as really backwards.

Partly tongue in cheek mate.

 

What I was actually suggesting if I'm honest (and happy to be challenged if I am wrong) is that this is voted for by Rugby League journalists is my understanding - where do the bulk of these come from?

I made the point that I find it hard to name my team of the year at times like this as I have only seen most teams a handful of times - maybe 5 each, apart from the bigger teams.

 

Are the journalists that vote regulars at certain grounds? This brings me onto the Cataln point, they are hardly covered on Sky, how many French journos vote in this?

 

My guess (could easily be wrong) is that there are far more Yorkshire based journos and these clubs could have been seen more. Ultimately we all have bias whether we admit it or not.

 

I'm certainly not suggesting a Yorkshire v Lancashire thing, I never even mentioned Lancashire tbh, I don't live there - I actually asked about Catalans too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Given media city is in Manchester - surely they are more Lancashire based?

Valid point about Catalans though

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On the voting point, I remember reading a blog or something from a journo recently, could have been Dave Woods saying how difficult it is to vote for this team as so many players don't necessarily have a set position any more.

 

I think he quoted loose forward as an example - Sean O'Loughlin is an outstanding player who would make most teams but who was his real competition? In this case I think he would outplay whoever was names at 13 for their club, but players like Wilkin have been at 6,7 and 13 throughout the season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.



Rugby League World - June 2017

League Express - Mon 17th July 2017