The next chapter of Super League history is just days away as the new Super League season is set to kick off.
So, with that in mind, we have predicted the 2023 Super League Dream Team.
Fullback: Jai Field (Wigan Warriors)
Many people’s pick for the Man of Steel in 2022, Jai Field looks set to be one of the star players of 2023. Jack Welsby, Tui Lolohea and others will push him for the spot but if Field scores tries for fun again next year he should seal this spot.
Wingers: Ken Sio (Salford Red Devils) and Bevan French (Wigan Warriors)
The same two wingers from last year’s Dream Team will again stand out in 2023. Tommy Makinson, Ash Handley and Jermain McGillvary will all push for these spots which could be some of the toughest to decide in 2023. However, is Ken Sio and Bevan French continue their form next year they will again earn these spots.
Centres: Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos) and Jake Wardle (Wigan Warriors)
On his day, Harry Newman is one of the best players in Super League and if he stays fit in 2023 not only could he be named in the Dream Team but he could claim the Man of Steel. Likewise, Jake Wardle’s quality has been overshadowed by injuries too. At a new club alongside attacking stars, Wardle should shine.
Halfbacks: Brodie Croft (Salford Red Devils) and Lewis Dodd (St Helens)
brodie Croft’s future is settled and that should free him up to devastate the league again in 2023. A great running threat, he could devastate sides week in week out as could Lewis Dodd who since returning from injury has been brilliant for St Helens in pre-season.
Props: Matty Lees and Alex Walmsley (both St Helens)
It doesn’t bode well for the rest of the Super League that St Helens could have the two best props in Super League. In Alex Walmsley’s absence last year, Matty Lees reached a new level. Meanwhile, Walmsley looks at his best down under for St Helens.
Hooker: Edwin Ipape (Leigh Leopards)
The Championship Player of the Year in 2022, Edwin Ipape was brilliant in 2022 and shone at the Rugby League World Cup. Explosive and elusive, he will shine in Super League.
Second-Rowers: Joe Batchelor (St Helens) and Kallum Watkins (Salford Red Devils)
Joe Batchelor has developed into one of the best backrows in Super League and was vital to St Helens’ success in 2022 and that will be no different in 2023. Meanwhile, Kallum Watkins finished 2022 brilliantly and in his new position will continue to shine.
Loose-Forward: Morgan Knowles (St Helens)
The best 13 in Super League, he will have the likes of Cameron Smith chasing this spot, but if Knowles continues to do what he is doing he is the favourite for the role.