Championship’s Dream XIII ahead of the 2019 season

Drew Darbyshire

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

A combined Championship XIII would give some Super League teams a run for their money.

We have selected a Championship Dream Team ahead of the 2019 season, and we have limited ourselves to selecting a maximum of three players per team.

French side Toulouse Olympique have three players included in the side – France internationals Mark Kheirallah and Rhys Curran and Cook Islands star Johnathon Ford.

And Widnes Vikings are the other team to have three players selected. Krisnan Inu and Anthony Gelling would be the centres, with Adam Tangata in the front-row.

Reigning Championship League Leaders’ Shield winners Toronto Wolfpack have two players involved. Jon Wilkin and Matty Russell would no doubt add a lot of experience to the team.

Leigh Centurions have local lads Martyn Ridyards and Micky Higham at six and nine.

Jy Hitchcox, Gareth Hock and Kevin Larroyer complete the side.

A combined Championship Dream XIII:

1 Mark Kheirallah (Toulouse Olympique)

2 Jy Hitchcox (Bradford Bulls)

3 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings)

4 Anthony Gelling (Widnes Vikings)

5 Matty Russell (Toronto Wolfpack)

6 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions)

7 Johnathon Ford (Toulouse Olympique)

8 Gareth Hock (Barrow Raiders)

9 Micky Higham (Leigh Centurions)

10 Adam Tangata (Widnes Vikings)

11 Kevin Larroyer (Halifax)

12 Rhys Curran (Toulouse Olympique)

13 Jon Wilkin (Toronto Wolfpack)

Due to the Championship being full of splendid talent this year, the likes of Brett Delaney, Olly Ashall-Bott, Gareth O’Brien, Harrison Hansen, Joe Mellor, Ashton Sims, Eddy Pettybourne, Chester Butler, Scott Murrell, Ben Kavanagh, Iain Thornley, Tom Spencer and Jake Webster were unlucky not to make the Dream XIII.