Alphabet dream team: Best Super League XIII with names beginning with D

Drew Darbyshire

In our new feature series, we create alphabetical dream teams from all the players in the Super League era.

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It is now time for a dream XIII from all the players whose last name begin with D…

1 Luke Dorn

The Australian was a delight to watch during his career. Dorn, who could play stand-off or full-back, made more than 250 in Super League for London Broncos, Salford, Harlequins and Castleford, scoring almost 200 tries.

2 Brett Dallas

Dallas quickly became a fan’s favourite at Wigan when he moved over to Super League in 2000 after spells in his native Australia with Canterbury Bulldogs and North Sydney Bears. He scored 89 tries in 156 games for the Warriors.

3 Vincent Duport

Duport is the only Frenchman to make it into this Dream XIII. The centre or back-rower made almost 200 appearances during two spells with Catalans Dragons and earned 16 caps for France on the international stage.

4 Jason Demetriou

Demetriou first came over to England in 2000 to play for Lancashire Lynx before having spells with Rochdale and Widnes. It was at Wakefield where he became a hero though, scoring 75 tries in 188 appearances for the club between 2004-10. He finished his career with Keighley in 2012.

5 Scott Donald

The Australian winger came over to Super League in 2006 after stints with North Queensland, Parramatta and Manly in the NRL. Donald scored 93 tries in 145 games for the Rhinos between 2006-10.

6 Paul Deacon

The Wiganer is one of the best half-backs Super League has seen. He played four games for Oldham before joining Bradford in 1998, where he became idolised. He scored 76 tries and kicked 1,124 goals in 324 games for the Bulls before joining hometown club Wigan for the final two seasons of his career. He earned 10 caps for Great Britain.

7 Michael Dobson

The Australian playmaker enjoyed time at four different Super League clubs – Catalans, Wigan, Hull KR and Salford. Dobson scored 53 tries and kicked 534 goals in 153 appearances for Hull KR and became a fan’s favourite at Craven Park.

8 Gil Dudson

The Welshman burst onto the Super League scene with Crusaders in 2009 before linking up with Wigan and then Widnes. He joined Salford in 2019 and has helped the club reach the Super League Grand Final and Challenge Cup final within the last two years. He has earned 15 caps for Wales.

9 Matt Diskin

Diskin is one of the best hookers to play in the Super League era. He made more than 250 appearances for Leeds between 2001-10 before playing almost 100 games for Bradford between 2011-14. The former Great Britain international is the current head coach of Oldham.

10 Ewan Dowes

The Cumbrian made 240 appearances for Hull between 2003-11, earning seven caps for England in the process. Dowes also spent time at Leeds and Workington before finishing his career at Dewsbury in 2014.

11 Chris Dean

The 32-year-old retired at the end of the 2019 campaign after spending eight seasons at Widnes. Dean also played for St Helens and Wakefield during his playing career and racked up more than 200 appearances.

12 Brett Delaney

Delaney became a fan’s favourite at Headingley when he moved to Leeds in 2010. The Australian played more than 200 games for the Rhinos and was a brilliant back-rower.

13 Jim Dymock

Dymock, who represented Australia and Tonga on the international stage, played 95 games for London Broncos between 2001-04 after joining the club from NRL side Parramatta Eels.

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