ChatGPT has revealed its all-time Super League XIII, based on players’ achievements and impact up to September 2021.
Love Rugby League asked the impartial artificial intelligence chatbot for the best-ever Super League side, with the response: “Creating the “best” Super League rugby XIII of all time is subjective and can vary based on personal opinions and biases.
“However, I can suggest a lineup of some of the most notable and accomplished players in Super League history up until my last knowledge update in September 2021.
“Keep in mind that this selection might not include players who have emerged or achieved greatness after that date.”
ChatGPT’s all-time Super League XIII:
Full-back: Paul Wellens
Current St Helens head coach Paul Wellens takes the full-back spot following a successful and long career with his hometown club.
Wellens, now 43, played 495 times for the Saints, scoring 1,005 points and won the 2006 Man of Steel award. In 2007 and 2008, he also took home the Lance Todd trophy in Wembley successes over Catalans and Hull respectively.
He won 31 caps for England and Great Britain and five Grand Finals, five Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges.
Winger: Lesley Vainikolo
Former dual-code international Lesley Vainikolo takes one spot on the wing. He represented Canberra Raiders, Bradford Bulls and New Zealand before switching codes, where he won five caps for England on the international stage.
He won Super League Grand Finals in 2003 and 2005 with the Bulls.
Centre: Keith Senior
Leeds legend Keith Senior made 365 appearances for the Rhinos, scoring 171 tries.
He initially made his debut with Sheffield in 1996, going to make 102 appearances.
Senior, now 47, retired from the game midway through 2011 after a series knee injury. In 2023, he was honoured in the club’s Hall of Fame.
He won Grand Finals in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009, as well as two World Club Challenges, two League Leaders’ Shields and four Challenge Cup final appearances.
Centre: Jamie Lyon
The classy centre spent two seasons with St Helens, earning a cult status in the town. He scored 46 tries and kicked 213 goals in 63 appearances, winning the 2005 Man of Steel award.
He later returned to the NRL, having made the move from Parramatta Eels, with Manly Sea Eagles and is regarded as one of the greatest centres the sport has ever seen.
Winger: Ryan Hall
Ryan Hall is currently second on the all-time try-scorers list behind former team-mate Danny McGuire, with the international winger having crossed for 235 to date.
The current Hull KR star man won six Grand Finals with Leeds Rhinos and won the Lance Todd Trophy in the 2014 Challenge Cup victory over Castleford.
He was recognised as the world’s best winger in 2012 on the prestigious RLIF list.
Stand-off: Kevin Sinfield
Kevin Sinfield set a number of club and league records during his distinguished rugby league playing career. He is currently Super League’s all-time leading points scorer and captained the Rhinos and England.
He won the Lance Todd Trophy in 2005 and the Golden Boot Award in 2012.
Sinfield led Leeds to seven Grand Final victories, back-to-back Challenge Cup triumphs and three World Club Challenge successes.
Scrum-half: Sean Long
Having played at Wigan and Widnes, Long made his name with St Helens following a long and successful career with the club, including 324 appearances and representative honours with England and Great Britain.
He was named Man of Steel in 2000 and won the Lance Todd Trophy on three occasions.
Prop: Jamie Peacock
Jamie Peacock was the ultimate professional for both club and country and was a cornerstone of several successful Bradford and Leeds teams.
He helped the Bulls to three Super League titles and was then at the forefront for the Rhinos during their golden era with a further six Grand Final triumphs.
Hooker: James Roby
James Roby has been dubbed Super League’s greatest ever player and celebrated a landmark appearance for St Helens earlier this year as he became the club’s all-time record appearance maker, surpassing previous holder Kel Coslett.
Roby, 37, also broke the record for the most Super League appearances last year over Sinfield. The Saints skipper is currently enjoying his 20th season with the club and is looking to guide the side to their fifth consecutive Super League success before hanging up the boots.
Prop: Adrian Morley
Another forward considered one of the best to ever play the game, Adrian Morley made more than 500 appearances and was the first player from Great Britain to win both NRL and Super League titles.
The most capped England and Great Britain player of all time, Morley brought an end to his illustrious 20-year career in 2015.
Second-row: Gareth Ellis
Former back-rower Gareth Ellis retired in 2020 having represented Wakefield, Leeds, Wests Tigers and Hull FC. He won back-to-back Super League titles with the Rhinos and earned 33 caps for Great Britain and England, having made his debut in 1999.
He played more than 450 games for club and country, and captained Hull before joining their coaching staff.
Second-row: Ali Lauitiiti
Now 44 years old, Ali Lauitiiti represented both New Zealand and Samoa on the international stage and started his career with New Zealand Warriors.
He featured for Leeds Rhinos 200 times, winning Grand Finals in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
The 2002 Dally M Back-Rower of the Year finished his career with Wakefield in 2015 after four seasons with the club.
Loose forward: Andy Farrell
Current Ireland head coach in rugby union, Andy Farrell won 34 caps for Great Britain and 11 for England in rugby league.
He was a goal-kicking loose forward and played for Wigan between 1991 and 2004, winning almost every individual award and club titles available.
Farrell, now 48, was named Man of Steel in 2004.