Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, Morgan Knowles and Jack Welsby have all been included in the Betfred Super League Dream Team for 2021.
Saints hold the most players in the team with Lomax and Walmsley both named for the second successive season, whilst Knowles is named at loose forward for the third straight season.
It’s Walmsley’s third inclusion after being named in 2015 and 2020 whilst Lomax was previously named in 2018 and 2020.
Percival is also in for the third time after previously being named back in 2017 and 2018 whilst it’s Welsby’s first inclusion after an impressive year which has seen him rack up 14 tries this season and 13 assists.
This year’s team features players from six different teams and includes seven new faces, as well four players who retain their spot from 2020.
Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel contender Sam Tomkins takes the first spot on the team sheet as he claims the Full Back jersey for a sixth time. It is Tomkins first appearance in the team since 2013.
Tomkins is joined by three of his Dragons teammates; Tom Davies, who topped the metre maker (3332m) and ball carrier (399) charts; James Maloney, top point scorer (227pts) and goal kicker (101 conversions); and hard-running prop, Sam Kasiano whose last gasp try at Dacia Magic Weekend helped the Dragons win the League Leaders’ Shield for the first time.
Liam Farrell, who topped the charts for post contact metres (1408m) and was also second in both the metre maker (2956m) and ball carrier (396) charts, makes his fourth appearance, having previously been selected in 2015, 2019 and 2020.
Man of Steel Panelist and four-time Dream Team player, Terry O’Connor said: “I have had the pleasure of watching these extraordinary athletes perform to the highest levels, week-in-week-out this season and it is a tremendous reward to see them recognised with a place in this years Betfred Super League Dream Team.
“To see players from half of the teams in the competition I think shows the depth of talent currently on show in Super League, even more so when you consider some of the players who missed out on a spot in the Dream Team.”
“It is always great to see new faces break into the Dream Team and the inclusion of the likes of Jack Welsby, Tom Davies and Kruise Leeming this year is fantastic. A special mention must go to Liam Farrell and Morgan Knowles who have retained their positions for a third year running – a fantastic example of their talent and consistency.”
2021 Betfred Super League Dream Team in full:
- Sam Tomkins, Catalans Dragons (107)
- Tom Davies, Catalans Dragons (193)
- Jack Welsby, St Helens (194)
- Mark Percival, St Helens (162)
- Ken Sio, Salford Red Devils (195)
- Jonny Lomax, St Helens (172)
- James Maloney, Catalans Dragons (196)
- Alex Walmsley, St Helens (148)
- Kruise Leeming, Leeds Rhinos (197)
- Sam Kasiano, Catalans Dragons (198)
- Liam Farrell, Wigan Warriors (150)
- Kane Linnett, Hull KR (199)
- Morgan Knowles, St Helens (185)
(x) denotes heritage number