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

We create alphabetical dream teams from all the players in the Super League era.

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

1 Steve Prescott

Prescott played for St Helens, Hull and Wakefield during his career as well as representing England and Ireland on the international stage. He won two Challenge Cups with Saints and represented Ireland at the 2000 World Cup. Prescott died aged just 39 after a long battle with stomach cancer in 2013, but his legacy lives on with the Man of Steel award being renamed the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in his memory as well as the Steve Prescott Foundation continuing to do tremendous work.

2 Kevin Penny

Arguably one of the quickest wingers on his day, Penny enjoyed spells with Warrington, Widnes, Harlequins, Wakefield, Swinton, North Wales Crusaders and Rochdale, accumulating over 170 career appearances. He made his senior debut for Warrington in 2007 against Leeds, and finished the season with 15 tries in 15 games and was named in that year’s Super League Dream Team.

3 Cameron Phelps

The Australian centre made the switch to the Super League with Wigan Warriors in 2008, having featured for Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL. He made 48 appearances for the Warriors before appearing for Hull FC and finishing his career at Widnes.

4 Mark Percival

Percival played his junior rugby for Halton Farnworth Hornets before joining St Helens’ academy side, and made his first team debut against Leeds in 2013. Since then, he has made more than 160 career appearances and has featured in two Super League Grand Final victories – 2014 and 2019 – while he was named in the Super League Dream Team in 2017. He has also won one cap for England, and will be eyeing up a spot in Shaun Wane’s squad in this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

5 Leon Pryce

Despite his playing days best known featuring in the halves, Leon Pryce began his career on the wing for Bradford, featuring in that position in the 1999 Super League Grand Final, as well as the 2001 Super League Grand Final victory over Wigan. The England and Great Britain representative would later join St Helens where he made the switch to stand-off.

6 Robbie Hunter-Paul

The New Zealander was known as Robbie Paul during his playing days but changed his name to Robbie Hunter-Paul in 2010 after getting married. He was an incredible player for Bradford between 1994-2005, scoring 224 tries in 241 games for the club. He also played for Huddersfield, Salford and Leigh. He won 29 caps for his native New Zealand.

7 Henry Paul

Paul enjoyed a brief spell with Wakefield before moving to Wigan in 1994, where he became a fan favourite. The New Zealander scored 550 points in 147 games for Wigan and then went on to play for Bradford and Harlequins. Paul won two Challenge Cups and Super League titles during his league days, and also went on to represent England in rugby union.

8 Iafeta Paleaaesina

One of the most powerful forwards in the game, Paleaaesina joined Wigan in 2006 from New Zealand Warriors and made his debut against Catalans, and featured in the 2010 Super League Grand Final victory over St Helens. Winning three caps for New Zealand, Paleaaesina also featured for Salford, Limoux, Hull FC and Doncaster. He also became Hull FC’s first full-time player welfare manager at the end of 2016 following his playing career.

9 Sam Powell

The Wigan and England Knights hooker has made more than 200 career appearances for his hometown club, progressing through their academy system from the age of 16. He made his debut at scrum-half in 2012 in a 48-10 victory over Hull FC, but a switch to the dummy-half role has seen Powell display some of his best rugby yet.

10 Jamie Peacock

One of the best English forwards to play the game. Peacock won it all across his 18-year career, winning Man of Steel in 2003, nine Super League titles, four Challenge Cups, four World Club Challenges and five League Leaders’ Shields.

11 Willie Poching

The now-Wakefield assistant coach first featured in Super League with Trinity and was appointed captain in his final season before making the switch to Leeds. The New Zealand and Samoan international went on to make 132 appearances for the Rhinos, and featured in the 2004 Super League Grand Final victory over Bradford from the bench.

12 Tony Puletua

Puletua made more than 200 appearances for Penrith Panthers across an 11-year spell, before joining St Helens in 2008 on a three-year deal. He featured in both the 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals, and made 137 appearances for the Saints, while also featuring for Salford and Hull KR and was selected for Exiles twice.

13 Apollo Perelini

The Western Samoa international made the switch from rugby union to St Helens in 1994, and went on to appear for Western Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup the following year. He played prop in the 1996 Challenge Cup final, scoring a try in the last minute to help his team to a 40-32 victory over Bradford, and was named at prop in the Super League Dream Team of the same season. Perelini also featured in both the 1999 and 2000 Super League Grand Final victories, and returned to Sale Sharks at the age of 33.

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