Ten of the thirteen players named in the 2012 Super League Dream Team today come from clubs around the region, with six debutants featuring in the side.
Wigan Warriors, who topped the regular league table have six players named in the side including four backs. Sam Tomkins makes his fourth consecutive appearance in the side after another impressive season in attack from fullback, while Samoan centre George Carmont makes his third appearance. Prolific try scoring Winger Josh Charnley makes his debut, along with Australian stand-off Brett Finch.
Second row Gareth Hock and captain and loose forward Sean O’Loughlin completes the hefty contingent from the League Leaders Shield winners.
Second-placed Challenge Cup winners Warrington have three representatives. Centre Ryan Atkins makes a deserved first appearance and Ben Westwood partners Hock in the second row after a hugely impressive season which could see the Wolves’ powerful forward have a genuine chance of winning the coveted Man of Steel award for player of the year early next month. Prop Chris Hill also features after a superb first season in Super League after his move from Championship club Leigh in the off-season.
St Helens, who finished third after the weekly rounds, have star hooker James Roby, who makes his fourth appearance after another typically consistent season for which the England international has become renowned.
The other spots are filled by two men from Catalans Dragons, in scrumhalf Scott Dureau who also featured in 2011 and prop Remi Casty whilst Leeds’ international wingman Ryan Hall completes the line-up.
The fictional team was chosen by a panel of rugby league journalists and broadcasters based on players’ performances over the regular season and the players met up at Old Trafford, the venue of next month’s Grand Final for the announcement.
Sponsors Stobart ahve worked with kit suppliers ISC to create a special commemorative kit for the Team, featuring the names of all players to have appeared in Dream Teams since the start of Super League in 1996. Every player has a unique ID number, which appears in the shirt’s design.