Dream XIII: A team of players famed for wearing a head guard

Drew Darbyshire

We’ve selected a XIII of players who are well known for wearing a heard guard!

Jonny Lomax

The St Helens legend will be one of the first players that comes to mind when you think of players who wear head guards.

The full-back has scored 107 tries in 219 games for St Helens to date, as well as earning 13 caps for Great Britain and England.

Ashton Golding

The Jamaica international burst on to the Super League in 2013 for hometown club Leeds. He stands out from the rest of the players on the pitch with his head guard and long, frizzy hair!

Golding has since joined Huddersfield and has represented Jamaica via family heritage three times. He is primarily a full-back, but can also slot in on the wing.

Steve Renouf

What a player Renouf was. The centre became a legend at Brisbane Broncos between 1988-99, where he scored 142 tries in 183 appearances.

Renouf then spent two seasons in Super League with Wigan between 2000-01, scoring 43 tries in 59 games. He remains one of Super League’s best overseas recruits.

Sid Domic

Domic was one of them players you could put anywhere in the XIII and he would do a solid job. He was well travelled, having played for six clubs during his career.

The Australian enjoyed spells with London Broncos, Warrington, Wakefield and Hull in Super League.

Deon Bird

Bird was part of the Paris Saint-Germain team that entered Super League when the competition first started back in 1996.

The Australian then went on to play for Adelaide Rams, Gateshead Thunder, Hull, Wakefield, Widnes and Castleford during his career.

Theo Fages

The France international is another player who you would instantly think of when it came to players who wear head guards.

Despite being born and raised in France, Fages started his professional career with Salford in 2015 and has since become a staple in the St Helens side.

Johnathan Thurston

Thurston is the most famous name on this list for players who don head guards. He actually had a deal with manufacturers Madison, who made each head guard to go with the colour of the kit he was wearing. Thurston always gave his head guard to a young fan in the stands after each game.

The playmaker will go down as one of the NRL greats, having earned 38 caps for Australia and playing 37 times for Queensland in State of Origin.

Chris Hill

Hill is the only prop currently in Super League who wears a head guard, so his name sprung to mind straight away when thinking of this feature.

The 32-time Great Britain and England international made more than 150 appearances for Leigh before joining Warrington in 2012. He is the current captain of the Wolves.

Andrew Henderson

The Scotland international began his professional career with Salford in 2001 before going on to play for Barrow, Balmain Tigers, Castleford, Gateshead Thunder, Sheffield and London Broncos.

Henderson was a nippy little hooker who caused plenty of damage to defences. He hung his boots up in 2015 and is the current assistant coach at Warrington.

Iafeta Palae’aesina

The New Zealand international rose to fame when he joined Wigan from New Zealand Warriors in 2006. It’s safe to stay his barnstorming carries got Warriors fans off their seats.

Wigan even started to sell head guards in the club shop after Palae’aesina became a fan’s favourite at the DW Stadium.

David Solomona

It always took three or four men to bring the New Zealand and Samoa international down to the ground because of his sheer size.

The back-rower made a name for himself in the NRL for Parramatta and Sydney Roosters before enjoying eight years in Super League with Wakefield, Bradford and Warrington.

Steve Menzies

Menzies was famous for wearing the old style of rugby league heard guard – the one with large holes at the top of it!

Menzies was an incredible back-rower who earned 13 caps for Australia and played 20 times for New South Wales in the Origin arena.

Mike Wainwright

Wainwright would probably be one of the names on the list that people tend to forget about – but he made more than 200 appearances for hometown club Warrington.

As well as enjoying spells at Salford, Leigh and Swinton, Wainwright also earned five caps for Scotland on the international stage.

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