Super League Ultimate 13: Grand Final Team

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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Grand Final, the RFL challenged fans to name their ultimate starting line-up made up of players who have played in previous Grand Finals. Thousands of people took part with the aim of trying to match as many names as possible to those selected by a panel of experts that included Sky Sports’ commentator Stevo, the Independent’s Dave Hadfield, League Weekly’s Danny Lockwood and League Express’ Martyn Sadler.

Dave Hadfield

David Hadfield is a Canadian singer/songwriter, author, wilderness adventurer, historic aircraft pilot, and classic-boat sailor. He shares writing credits on the album Songs From a Tin Can, recorded by his brother Commander Chris Hadfield, which is the first album of music recorded off the planet Earth.

This team was chosen before the Leeds Rhinos' victory over St. Helens in the 2007 Grand Final, and is based on player's performances in previous grand finals.

The Ultimate 13 Grand Final team reflects the success which St. Helens and Bradford Bulls have had in reaching the Grand Final since its inception in 1998. The Bulls are represented by six former players which include Jamie Peacock who played in the 2007 final with Leeds Rhinos.

Bradford Bulls professional rugby league club in Bradford

The Bradford Bulls are a professional rugby league club in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, currently playing in Betfred Championship. They have won the Challenge Cup five times, the league championship six times and the World Club Challenge three times. Bradford play their home games at Odsal Stadium. The team jersey is white with red, amber and black chevrons.

Jamie Peacock English rugby league player

James Darryl Peacock MBE, is an English professional rugby league footballer who played for the Leeds Rhinos and the Bradford Bulls in the Super League, and captained both Great Britain and England at international level. After retiring at the end of the 2015 season he became football manager at the Hull Kingston Rovers but resumed his playing career towards the end of the 2016 season. His position of choice was prop, although he played much of his early career as a second-row. He is one of the most successful players in Super League history, having won a total of nine Super League championships, four Challenge Cup winners medals, been named to the Super League Dream Team on eleven occasions and won the Man of Steel award in 2003.

Leeds Rhinos English professional rugby league club

The Leeds Rhinos are a professional rugby league club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1870, they compete in the Super League, the top-level rugby league club competition for an English club, and have won the competition a record eight times since its inception in 1996. They play their home matches at Headingley Rugby Stadium, and are the 2017 Super League champions.

All Time Grand Final XIII

NumberNationalityPlayerPositionClub They Played In The Grand Final With
1 Flag of England.svg Paul Wellens Full back St. Helens
2 Flag of England.svg Jason Robinson Winger Wigan Warriors
3 Flag of Australia.svg Jamie Lyon Centre St. Helens
4 Flag of Australia.svg Michael Withers Centre Bradford Bulls
5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Lesley Vainikolo Winger Bradford Bulls
6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Henry Paul Stand off Bradford Bulls
7 Flag of England.svg Sean Long Scrum half St. Helens
8 Flag of England.svg Stuart Fielden Prop Bradford Bulls
9 Flag of England.svg James Lowes Hooker Bradford Bulls
10 Flag of New Zealand.svg Apollo Perelini Prop St. Helens
11 Flag of England.svg Chris Joynt Second row St. Helens
12 Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock Second row Bradford Bulls
13 Flag of England.svg Andy Farrell Loose forward Wigan Warriors

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