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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Number||Nationality||Player||Position||Club They Played In The Grand Final With|
|1||Paul Wellens||Full back||St. Helens|
|2||Jason Robinson||Winger||Wigan Warriors|
|3||Jamie Lyon||Centre||St. Helens|
|4||Michael Withers||Centre||Bradford Bulls|
|5||Lesley Vainikolo||Winger||Bradford Bulls|
|6||Henry Paul||Stand off||Bradford Bulls|
|7||Sean Long||Scrum half||St. Helens|
|8||Stuart Fielden||Prop||Bradford Bulls|
|9||James Lowes||Hooker||Bradford Bulls|
|10||Apollo Perelini||Prop||St. Helens|
|11||Chris Joynt||Second row||St. Helens|
|12||Jamie Peacock||Second row||Bradford Bulls|
|13||Andy Farrell||Loose forward||Wigan Warriors|
Robert Rawiri "Robbie" Hunter-Paul is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer, now business owner and television pundit. He currently runs Xtra Mile Marketing, an inbound and digital marketing company. Robbie retired from playing at the end of the 2011 season following a 19 season career with: Bradford Bulls, Harlequin FC, Huddersfield Giants, Salford City Reds and Leigh Centurions. He then spent just under 2 years as business development manager at Huddersfield Giants, and 3 years as CEO at Bradford Bulls. Robbie played for the New Zealand Kiwis national team from 1997 - 2006. He is the younger brother of former New Zealand Kiwis and England Rugby player Henry Paul.
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