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Wednesday, 25 September, 2002, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Your Super League Dream Team
Castleford duo Michael Smith and Danny Orr are included in the 2002 Tetley's Super League Dream Team.
Do you agree with the panel's selection? Send us your Super League Dream Team.
Castleford star Smith, who was playing in the Northern Ford Premiership with York just two years ago, followed up his selection in the New Zealand squad with a spot in the dream team.
The selection - voted for by a panel of journalists and broadcasters - includes nine home grown players - three more than last year.
The Castleford duo apart, the rest of the team is made up of four St Helens players, three from Wigan, three from Bradford and one from Leeds.
Send us your Super League Dream Team.
This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.
Good dream team. However, I'd have put Wellens in for Radlinski and Peacock hasn't performed like he can. I'd go for Mick Cassidy or Peter Shiels.
I think the dream team is absolutely spot on! Not a bad player in it.
Based on recent performances Lam defiantly deserves his place but Smith has been lagging a bit lately.
We all have our various ideas about who should be in the Dream Team, but isn't it nice to see that at last we have a choice in many positions which is something we have lacked in the past when the team seemed to pick itself.
I have no real argument with the team picked, but many players can feel unlucky not to be in it such as Sinfield, McDermott, Jason Smith, Farrell, Wellens, etc . . . I could go on.
Where is Kevin Sinfield's name? He has been the outstanding player at Leeds this season and should be in the running for the Man of Steel, nevermind the Dream Team. It is a scandal he has been left out.
My dream team would be: 1 Kris Radlinski, 2 Darren Albert, 3 Keith Senior, 4 Martin Gleeson, 5 Jamie Ainscough, 6 Danny Orr, 7 Adrian Lam, 8 Terry O'Connor, 9 Kieron Cunningham, 10 Barrie McDermott, 11 David Furner, 12 Peter Shields, 13 Paul Sculthorpe.
I'm glad to see that Andy Farrell hasn't been included in the dream team. I don't think that he should be first choice for Great Britain either, as he has been 'off the boil' this season. I think that many other players could replace him, who are better as player and captain.
I'm not sure what mine would be as yet, but what I do want to know is. WHERE IS MICHAEL WITHERS? He should definitely be in the official dream team this year.
I'd just like to echo the sentiments of a couple of correspondents on here, and say it's about time that Farrell was left out of a few rep sides. He is always included due to reputation and not performances. Let's hope the GB selectors take notice and pick people in form, like the Kiwis have done with Michael Smith.
1. Kris Radlinski 2. Darren Albert 3. Keith Senior 4. Tevita Vaikona 5. Michael Withers 6. Danny Orr 7. Adrian Lam 8. Terry O'Connor 9. Phil Cantillon 10. Stuart Fielden 11. Jamie Peacock 12. Peter Shiels 13. Paul Sculthorpe.
I agree that with some of the comments on here, but let's hope David Waite is taking note and will stop playing players out of position to accommodate others. We need fresh blood that is eager to win.
Gary Jones (below), most Wire fans would rather Briers actually left Wilderspool due to the fact that he only performs two or three times a season.
My Dream Team would have been:
1. Paul Wellens
2. Tevita Vaikona
3. Keith Senior
4. Adam Hughes
5. Jamie Ainscough
6. Paul Sculthorpe
7. Adrian Lam
8. Terry O'Connor
9. Terry Newton
10. Stuart Fielden
11. Mick Cassidy
12. Michael Smith
13. Mike Forshaw.
It is great news that nine British players are in the official Dream Team. David Waite should definitely take note. I am very happy for Michael Smith, he's turning into a right star now and I can see him putting in some good performances for New Zealand! But hopefully the British Lions' stars such as Paul Sculthorpe, Cunningham, Sinfield and Sean Long will run the show come November.
GB selectors take note - there are nine Brits there that should form the nucleus of the side to face the Kiwis (and in their natural positions too). What is alarming is the lack of any decent British wingers in the game at present.
I cannot believe that Dennis Moran did not get a place. He has been outstanding this year and is surely a leading contender for Man of Steel. The only omission, for me, is Paul Wellens.
It must have been a close run thing between him and Radlinski for full back. It was also good to see Farrell being omitted from the team, good player though he is. For far too long now he has been selected for England/GB on reputation rather than performances - it's good to see that the dream team selectors have finally realised this.
Sorry to see no Dennis Moran. OK, London Broncos didn't make the play-offs and Lam has been outstanding during the second half of the season, but Moran has been consistently excellent from the off.
What, no Farrell? The selectors have finally seen that there are other teams in the league apart than Wigan. A good selection all in all, but what about the likes of Mike Forshaw, Julian O'Neill and Barry Ward? They must have come close to selection. Also, Jason Smith has had a good season, and Dennis Moran an absolute cracker - for an ageing Aussie!
Let's hope the GB selectors take note, and select Orr at stand-off, with Sculthorpe at loose forward as captain. Let's face it, Farrell has had his chance at international level and failed on every occasion.
Adrian Lam has been outstanding and will win the man of steel. By the way, I'm not a Wigan fan.
Warrington's Lee Briers should have been in the team. He is clearly one of the best players in the league.
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