The average age of every Super League squad for 2021

With every Super League club’s squad numbers now been announced, it’s only fair we analyse who has the oldest and who has the youngest squads on paper.

Castleford Tigers

The Tigers do have somewhat of an ageing first-team squad with the likes of Michael Shenton, Paul McShane, Liam Watts and Grant Millington all the wrong side of 30. However, this is is somewhat counterbalanced with the addition of youngsters such as Sam Hall, Brad Graham and Lewis Peachey. Castleford’s average stands at 27.

Niall Evalds 27
Derrell Olpherts 29
Peter Mata’utia 30
Michael Shenton 34
Sosaia Feki 29
Jacob Trueman 22
Danny Richardson 24
Liam Watts 30
Paul McShane 31
Grant Millington 34
Oliver Holmes 28
Cheyse Blair 29
Adam Milner 29
Nathan Massey 31
George Griffin 28
Gareth O’Brien 29
Alex Foster 27
Jacques O’Neill 21
Tyla Hepi 27
James Clare 29
Jesse Sene-Lefao 31
Daniel Smith 28
Greg Eden 30
Suaia Matagi 33
Jordan Turner 32
Lewis Bienek 22
Lewis Peachey 20
Brad Martin 19
Sam Hall 17
Brad Graham 19
Cain Robb 18
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Catalans Dragons

Catalans’ most important men all sit over the age of 30 – Sam Tomkins, Joel Tomkins, Michael McIlorum and James Maloney – but the Dragons do have a plethora of young Frenchmen in their ranks in the form of Corentin Le Cam, Mathieu Cozza and Mathieu Laguerre. That leaves the average age of just over 26.

Arthur Mourgue 21
Tom Davies 24
Samisoni Langi 27
Dean Whare 31
Fouad Yaha 24
James Maloney 34
Josh Drinkwater 28
Gil Dudson 30
Michael McIlorum 33
Julian Bousquet 29
Matt Whitley 25
Mike McMeeken 26
Benjamin Garcia 27
Alrix Da Costa 23
Benjamin Julien 26
Paul Seguier 23
Mickael Goudemand 25
Lambert Belmas 23
Arthur Romano 23
Mathieu Laguerre 22
Corentin Le Cam 22
Joel Tomkins 34
Mathieu Cozza 20
Jason Baitieri 32
Joe Chan 19
Sam Kasiano 30
Sam Tomkins 32
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Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield do not boast that many players over the age of 30 with club stalwarts such as Jermaine McGillvary, Michael Lawrence and Leroy Cudjoe upping the average age. However, the bulk of the Giants squad is around the mid-20s with the likes of Matty English, Jack Cogger, Oliver Wilson and Olly Russell bringing the average age back to just under 26.

Ashton Golding 24
Jermaine McGillvary 32
Jacob Wardle 22
Ricky Leutele 30
Darnell McIntosh 23
Lee Gaskell 30
Aidan Sezer 29
Luke Yates 26
Adam O’Brien 27
Michael Lawrence 30
Kenny Edwards 31
Joe Wardle 29
Josh Jones 27
Matty English 23
Joe Greenwood 27
Jack Cogger 23
Chris McQueen 33
Jack Ashworth 25
James Cunningham 26
Oliver Wilson 21
Leroy Cudjoe 32
James Gavet 31
Oliver Russell 22
Louis Senior 20
Owen Trout 21
Jon Luke Kirby 22
Sam Wood 23
Sam Hewitt 21
Ronan Michael 20
Chester Butler 26
Olly Ashall-Bott 23
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Hull FC

The Airlie Birds have seven players over the age of 30, with all seven of them being given shirt numbers 1-13. That has left the rest of the squad to be made up of those in their 20s as well as 19-year-olds Jude Ferreira and Ben McNamara.

Jake Connor 26
Bureta Faraimo 30
Carlos Tuimavave 29
Josh Griffin 30
Mahe Fonua 28
Josh Reynolds 31
Marc Sneyd 30
Scott Taylor 30
Danny Houghton 32
Tevita Satae 28
Andre Savelio 26
Manu Ma’u 32
Ligi Sao 28
Jordan Johnstone 23
Joe Cator 22
Jordan Lane 23
Brad Fash 25
Ben McNamara 19
Jack Brown 20
Adam Swift 28
Josh Bowden 29
Connor Wynne 20
Cameron Scott 21
Masi Matongo 24
Jude Ferreira 19
Jamie Shaul 28
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Hull KR

Four 19-year-olds have been given shirt numbers by Tony Smith ahead of the 2021 season, including Mikey Lewis, Will Tate, Charlie Cavanaugh and Tom Whur. That youth has been delicately balanced with experience in the shape of 33-year-olds Ryan Hall and Shaun Kenny-Dowall to give KR an average age of just over 25.

Adam Quinlan 28
Ben Crooks 27
Greg Minikin 25
Shaun Kenny-Dowall 33
Ryan Hall 33
Jordan Abdull 25
Albert Vete 28
Matt Parcell 28
Korbin Sims 29
Brad Takairangi 31
Kane Linnett 32
Dean Hadley 28
Jez Litten 23
George Lawler 25
George King 26
Elliot Minchella 25
Matthew Storton 22
Will Dagger 22
Mikey Lewis 19
Owen Harrison 21
Ethan Ryan 24
Joe Keyes 25
Rowan Milnes 25
Will Maher 25
Luis Johnson 22
Muizz Mustapha 20
Anesu Mudoti 20
Will Tate 19
Tom Whur 19
Charlie Cavanaugh 19
Jimmy Keinhorst 30
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Leeds Rhinos

There is a perfect blend of youth and experience in Richard Agar’s squad with playmakers Luke Gale, Kyle Eastmond, Rob Lui and Richie Myler all over the age of 30. Youngsters such as Liam Tindall and Jack Broadbent are certainly knocking on the door for more appearances in 2021. With an average of just under 25, Leeds possess the second youngest squad in Super League.

Jack Walker 21
Tom Briscoe 31
Harry Newman 21
Konrad Hurrell 29
Ash Handley 25
Robert Lui 31
Luke Gale 32
Mikolaj Oledski 22
Kruise Leeming 25
Matt Prior 33
Alex Mellor 26
Rhyse Martin 28
Zane Tetevano 30
Brad Dwyer 28
Liam Sutcliffe 26
Richie Myler 30
Cameron Smith 22
Tom Holroyd 20
Bodene Thompson 32
Alex Sutcliffe 22
Sam Walters 20
Callum McLelland 21
Luke Briscoe 27
James Donaldson 29
Jarrod O’Connor 20
Jack Broadbent 19
Corey Hall 18
King Vuniyayawa 26
Liam Tindall 19
Levi Edwards 17
Morgan Gannon 17
Kyle Eastmond 32
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Leigh Centurions

It’s perhaps no surprise that the newly-promoted side has of the highest average-aged squads in the league. In order to stay in Super League, Leigh have recruited the experience that will prove vital to this task with Joe Mellor, Adam Sidlow and Tyrone McCarthy all over 30.

Ryan Brierley 29
Matty Russell 27
Iain Thornley 29
Junior Sa’u 33
Lewis Tierney 26
Blake Wallace 28
Joe Mellor 30
Ben Flower 33
Liam Hood 29
Mark Ioane 30
Ben Hellewell 29
Jordan Thompson 29
James Bell 26
Matty Wildie 30
Alex Gerrard 29
Nathaniel Pateru 29
Jamie Ellis 31
Matty Gee 26
Nathan Mason 27
Adam Sidlow 33
Tyrone McCarthy 31
Craig Mullen 23
Tom Spencer 30
Keanan Brand 22
Brendan Elliot 27
Josh Eaves 23
Matty Foster 19
Nathan Roebuck 21
Tom Burnett 18
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Salford Red Devils

Salford’s only teenager is hooker Connor Aspey going into 2021, with Matty Costello the next youngest at 22. 1-13 does not boast anyone under 25 with Ryan Lannon taking the mantle as the youngest in the first-team. 36-year-old Kevin Brown is the oldest in the squad as Salford’s average age stands at just under 28.

Morgan Escare 29
Ken Sio 30
Kallum Watkins 30
Krisnan Inu 34
Joe Burgess 26
Tui Lolohea 26
Kevin Brown 36
Lee Mossop 32
Andy Ackers 27
Sebastine Ikahihifo 30
Ryan Lannon 25
Pauli Pauli 26
Elijah Taylor 31
Danny Addy 30
Oliver Roberts 26
Greg Burke 28
Josh Johnson 26
Chris Atkin 28
Elliot Kear 32
Harvey Livett 23
James Greenwood 29
Rhys Williams 31
Dan Sarginson 28
Matty Costello 22
Jack Ormondroyd 29
Jack Wells 23
Sam Luckley 25
Darcy Lussick 31
Declan Patton 25
Connor Aspey 18
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St Helens

Reigning champions St Helens have a number of youth players ready to put their hand up, with 19-year-olds Lewis Dodd and 20-year-old Jack Welsby outlining their credentials in 2020. New signings Joel Thompson and Agnatius, 32 and 29 respectively, have upped the average age somewhat to just over 25.

Lachlan Coote 30
Tom Makinson 29
Kevin Naiqama 32
Mark Percival 26
Regan Grace 24
Jonny Lomax 30
Theo Fages 26
Alex Walmsley 30
James Roby 35
Matty Lees 22
Joel Thompson 32
James Bentley 23
Morgan Knowles 24
Sione Mata’utia 24
LMS 35
Kyle Amor 32
Agnatius Paasi 29
Jack Welsby 20
Aaron Smith 24
Joe Batchelor 26
Lewis Dodd 19
Josh Simm 20
Jake Wingfield 20
Josh Eaves 23
Dan Norman 23
Tom Bisbet 21
Matty Foster 19
Nico Rizzelli 20
Ben Davies 20
Sam Royle 21
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Wakefield Trinity

The crux of the Wakefield squad is around the late 20s and early 30s with David Fifita, Kyle Wood, Matty Ashurst, Tinirau Arona and Joe Westerman all the age of 31. Teenagers Harry Bowes and Dane Windrow are the youngest in the Trinity side at 18 years of age, which leaves Wakefield’s average age of just under 26.

Max Jowitt 23
Tom Johnstone 25
Bill Tupou 30
Reece Lyne 28
Liam Kay 29
Jacob Miller 28
Mason Lino 27
David Fifita 31
Kyle Wood 31
Tinirau Arona 31
Matty Ashurst 31
Kelepi Tanginoa 27
Joe Westerman 31
Jay Pitts 31
Eddie Battye 29
James Batchelor 22
Chris Green 31
Innes Senior 20
Jordan Crowther 24
Joe Arundel 29
Alex Walker 25
Adam Tangata 30
Josh Wood 25
Jack Croft 20
Brad Walker 23
Yusuf Adin 20
Lee Kershaw 21
Ryan Hampshire 26
Connor Bailey 20
Ollie Greensmith 20
Harry Bowes 18
Dane Windrow 18
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Warrington Wolves

Six teenagers make up Warrington’s squad, but established stars like Chris Hill, Gareth Widdop, Blake Austin and Stefan Ratchford are all the wrong side of 30. An average age of just over 25, the Wolves seemingly have a great mix.

Stefan Ratchford 32
Tom Lineham 28
Greg Inglis 34
Toby King 24
Josh Charnley 29
Blake Austin 30
Gareth Widdop 32
Chris Hill 33
Daryl Clark 28
Michael Cooper 32
Ben Currie 26
Jack Hughes 29
Joe Philbin 26
Jason Clark 31
Matt Davis 24
Danny Walker 21
Matty Ashton 22
Jake Mamo 26
Rob Mulhern 26
Sitaleki Akauola 28
Rob Butler 22
Ellis Robson 22
Josh Thewlis 18
Riley Dean 19
Eribe Doro 19
Ellis Longstaff 18
Connor Wrench 19
Nathan Roebuck 20
Jacob Gannon 19
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Wigan Warriors

With Wigan’s academy often the subject of envy from rivals, it’s no surprise that the Warriors’ squad has the lowest average age in Super League at just over 24. Only Tommy Leuluai, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell and Tony Clubb are over the age of 30 with the likes of Liam Byrne, Harry Smith, Ethan Havard and Morgan Smithies no older than 21 despite being entrenched members of the first-team squad.

Bevan French 25
Dom Manfredi 27
Zak Hardaker 29
Oliver Gildart 24
Liam Marshall 24
Jai Field 23
Thomas Leuluai 35
Brad Singleton 28
Sam Powell 28
Joe Bullock 28
Willie Isa 32
Liam Farrell 30
John Bateman 27
Oliver Partington 22
Morgan Smithies 20
Tony Clubb 33
Liam Byrne 21
Harry Smith 21
Ethan Havard 20
Jake Bibby 24
Mitch Clark 27
Joe Shorrocks 21
Kai Pearce-Paul 20
Sam Halsall 19
James McDonnell 21
Umyla Hanley 19
Jackson Hastings 25
Ben Kilner 21
Amir Bourouh 20
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