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

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 S

1 Jamie Shaul

Shaul came through the ranks at hometown club Hull, where he remains today. The 28-year-old has scored 100 tries in 181 appearances for the Black and Whites and won an England cap in 2018. He was part of the Hull side that won back-to-back Challenge Cups in 2016 and 2017.

2 Lee Smith

Smith enjoyed a wonderful career, having won three Super League titles and a World Club Challenge whilst at Leeds. The 34-year-old winger or full-back also won eight caps for England between 2006-09. Smith also enjoyed spells with Wakefield, Leigh and Bradford and also spent time in rugby union.

3 Michael Shenton

The Castleford legend has made more than 400 career appearances for boyhood club Castleford, St Helens and England. Shenton won the League Leaders’ Shield with the Tigers in 2017 and has been named in the Super League Dream Team on three occasions. He has won 12 caps for England.

4 Keith Senior

A Challenge Cup winner with Sheffield, Senior went on to sign for Leeds in 1999 and quickly became a fan’s favourite at Headingley. Senior, who won a total of 43 caps for Great Britain and England, made more than 500 appearances during his career. He won four Super League titles, two World Club Challenges, a Challenge Cup and was named in the Super League Dream Team five times.

5 Denny Solomona

Solomona had an incredible try scoring record during his time at Castleford, scoring 60 tries in 45 games. The Samoa rugby league international holds the record for most tries in a Super League season with 37 in 2016, breaking Lesley Vainikolo’s previous record. Solomona, who also had a season with London Broncos in 2014, has gone on to play rugby union with Sale Sharks and has also represented England five times.

6 Kevin Sinfield

Sinfield was a loose forward by trade, but was more than comfortable playing in the stand-off role. The 40-year-old only ever played rugby league for Leeds, scoring 176 tries and kicking 1,986 goals in 521 games for the Rhinos. He also won 40 caps for Great Britain and England.

Sinfield won seven Super League titles, three World Club Challenges, three League Leaders’ Shields and two Challenge Cups. Individually, he won two Harry Sunderland Trophies, a Golden Boot, a Lance Todd Trophy and also made the Super League Dream Team four times.

7 Matty Smith

The 33-year-old half-back came through the ranks at hometown club St Helens and enjoyed a spell with Salford before joining Wigan. It was at the Warriors where he won the double in 2013 and then another Super League title in 2016. The four-time England international, who won the Lance Todd Trophy in 2013, was named in the Super League Dream Team in consecutive seasons in 2013 and 2014.

8 Nick Scruton

Scruton won the World Club Challenge and Super League Grand Final with Leeds in 2018 and went on to make more than 300 appearances for the Rhinos, Hull, Bradford, Wakefield and Hull KR. The 36-year-old also won seven caps for England.

9 Richard Swain

The 19-time New Zealand international, who was part of the inaugural Melbourne Storm side in 1998, came over to Super League in 2004 and played 94 games for Hull over four seasons between 2004-07. Swain won the Challenge Cup with Hull in 2005 and has since been inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

10 Brad Singleton

The 28-year-old, who has made more than 200 career appearances, won two Super League titles and one Challenge Cup whilst at Leeds. Singleton spent time with Toronto Wolfpack in 2020 before joining Wigan, who he won the League Leaders’ Shield with in the same season. Singleton has won three caps for Ireland and played for the nation at the 2017 World Cup.

11 David Solomona

The New Zealand and Samoa international came over to Super League in 2004, and immediately became a fan favourite at Belle Vue. Solomona was named in the Super League Dream Team in his first season in the UK and went on to play for Bradford and Warrington, winning a Challenge Cup with the latter.

12 Sia Soliola

The 34-year-old enjoyed five stunning seasons in Super League with St Helens between 2010-14, scoring 31 tries in 117 games for the club. The New Zealand and Samoa international won the Super League Grand Final in his final season at Saints before joining Canberra Raiders back in the NRL, where he still plays.

13 Paul Sculthorpe

Sculthorpe is one of the greatest players of the modern era. The loose forward burst onto the scene with Warrington in 1995 before becoming a legend at St Helens. Sculthorpe won three Super League titles, two World Club Challenges and four Challenge Cups with Saints.

Sculthorpe, who won 31 caps in total for Great Britain and England, won the Man of Steel award in back-to-back seasons in 2001 and 2002 as well as being named in the Super League Dream Team four times.

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