Six full-backs to watch in Super League in 2021

Josh McAllister

As the 2021 Super League season edges closer, we’ll be going through players to watch in each position.

First up, we take a look at some of the best full-backs within the competition for the season ahead.

Niall Evalds

The former Salford full-back has made the move to Castelford ahead of the 2021 season, and will be competing with team-mate Gareth O’Brien for the number one spot that should bring the best out of both players.

Evalds holds a great attacking threat, and was part of the Red Devils squad that made the 2019 Super League Grand Final and the 2020 Challenge Cup final.

The 27-year-old will be an exciting addition for Daryl Powell’s squad and a new adventure could see the England Knights player reach another level of his game.

Bevan French

There is no doubting that Bevan French is one of the best full-backs in the competition.

He became one of the most electrifying players in the 2020 season which saw him nominated for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in his first full season in the Super League, with 12 tries and seven assists.

With a new one-year deal in his contract at Wigan, it will be exciting to see what French brings to the competition in 2021.

Jack Walker

Leeds full-back Jack Walker in action

A fractured foot suffered against Warrington saw the Leeds full-back limited to just 10 appearances in 2020, with Richie Myler stepping in to replace the youngster.

The 21-year-old was handed the number one shirt at the Rhinos in 2019, and in the same year went on to make 22 appearances, scoring nine tries.

His past form has seen him called up to the England Knights squad, and with competition in the squad for the number one spot, 2021 could be an impressive season for Walker.

Morgan Escare

Salford have recently handed the France international the number one shirt at the AJ Bell Stadium, and we’ll be hoping to see Escare back to his best.

The 29-year-old joined Wigan in 2017, but fell out of favour when Adrian Lam took charge, and eventually left the club in 2020.

Salford are well known for their attacking flair in recent years, and under the new Richard Marshall era, Escare will be looking to have a big year ahead of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

Sam Tomkins

Like Escare, Tomkins could have his eyes on a World Cup spot under Shaun Wane’s England in 2021.

The former Wigan and New Zealand Warriors full-back made the move to the South of France in 2019, and is still one of the best full-backs in the game.

He was directly involved in 16 tries in 2020, and linking him back up with former coach Wane could be a wise move for England and their World Cup chances.

Lachlan Coote

The St Helens full-back has proved to be one of the best in the competition since his move from the NRL in 2019.

Coote helped guide St Helens to back-to-back Grand Final victories, and scored eight tries in 2020, assisting 14 more.

The Great Britain international is another who may be eyeing up a World Cup spot, this time under Scotland; who he made his debut with in 2016 through his heritage.

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