Sport is often about cycles.
Teams go through rebuilding spells and strong spells cycling in and out of success as they transition from iconic team to team.
A good way of having a look at where in their timeline a team are is by looking at the average age of a team.
So, we’ve looked at the starting 13 of every team in Super League to determine their average age.
Castleford Tigers and Hull KR have the oldest average starting 13s whilst Huddersfield Giants are not far behind.
Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors are in for some exciting times with the youngest average age.
St Helens Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos aren’t far behind suggesting that their squads are in their peak.
The likes of Catalans Dragons, Leigh Leopards and Salford Red Devils are in the middle of the road in terms of their average ages.
Wakefield Trinity and Warrington Wolves are around the middle of the road as well.
All of this suggests that Super League sides should be concerned by the potential for St Helens to sustain their dominance whilst Wigan Warriors have big years ahead of them.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield Giants’ star studded squad need to use their experience now to bring silverware to the home of rugby league.
Here is the average age of every starting 13 in Super League (based on squad numbers):
Castleford Tigers: 31
Catalans Dragons: 29
Huddersfield Giants: 30
Hull FC: 27
Hull KR: 31
Leeds Rhinos: 28
Leigh Leopards: 29
Salford Red Devils: 29
St Helens: 27
Wakefield Trinity: 29
Warrington Wolves: 28
Wigan Warriors: 26