I got into footy when I was seven years old. I played for Wests Newcastle up until I was chosen for the Newcastle Knights at age 17. I made my debut in 2001 and was lucky and grateful to play my entire NRL career at the Knights where I played 251 games. 2016 will be my first year at the Wolves which I can’t wait for! My career highlights are representing NSW and Australia.
What was your first job? Butcher at my local shopping centre
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I’m always an active person in my spare time so I enjoy things that give me a bit of an adrenaline rush.
Earning a place in the Super League Dream Team in 2013, Lineham was granted the No.5 shirt by head coach and former mentor Lee Radford at Hull.
Back-to-back injuries including a leg break against Bradford in early 2014 has stuttered Lineham’s progression somewhat. However a strong finish to the season with Hull which even saw him complete a full length dash of the field against Rovers in the derby thrashing, means the 22-year-old is well on track to hit the ground running once more in 2016.
I got into rugby watching Ben play and they were a player short so I jumped in. Football was my sport as a kid though. My first game off the bench against London, I was as nervous as hell and it didn’t help with my roommate Briersy being sick before kick-off. The highlight of my career on a personal level so far has got to be my full debut against Leeds; everything went right that night. My goals are to hopefully win trophies for the Wire and represent Wales abroad in a World Cup.
What’s the most embarrassing song or album in your collection? Enrique Iglesias – Hero
What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe? Black River Island jeans – Ben always tries robbing them!
What’s your signature/favourite dish? Scrambled eggs, beans on toast – these are the only things I can make
I was always into football growing up, then one day the school rugby team was short and our coach (Julie Burgess) asked me to play. I obliged and tackled someone; he stayed down down injured so I looked around to see who would tell me off and it never happened so after that I quit footy and played rugby!
I played mainly Rugby Union growing up for Bramley Phoenix but League for Stanningley.
I signed for the Bradford Bulls at 17 from Bramley and then signed for Wakefield at 20 playing there for four seasons before moving to Wolves in 2010.
Highlight so far would be my England debut in 2006 and scoring three tries.
If a movie was made about you, who would play you? Trevor McDonald – over the last few years the grey hairs have crept in
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: Can fit my lips around the top of a pint glass
I grew up playing rugby at Ince Rose Bridge and signed for Wigan full time at the age of 16. I made my debut at 18 and then went on loan to Hull FC before signing for Gold Coast Titans. I’m a Scotland International and signed for the Wolves in 2014. The atmosphere at Magic Weekend that year was great, what a fantastic memory Wire fans!
What’s the most embarrassing song or album in your collection? Steps – 5, 6, 7, 8
Who is the most competitive in the team? George King
Who is the joker around the gym? Brad Dwyer – he looks like Shirley off Eastenders
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know? I have a full driving licence
I played my early rugby at Wigan St Pats and signed for Salford from school. In 2007 I played my debut on the wing and scored – against Saints! I’ve been at the Wolves since 2012, a great year winning the Challenge Cup!
Nickname: Stef / Ratch
If a movie was made about you, who would play you? Channing Tatum – Magic Mike – as we dance in a similar way
Who is the most competitive in the team? George King
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know? I was national ballroom champion from 12 to 15
2015 Vice Captain: Returning from the Four Nations Down Under with his reputation enhanced still further following three successful seasons with the Wire and England, our former Leigh
Centurions prop is officially one of the leading forwards in the world.
Hill’s tireless work rate and smart footwork proved to be a handful for the Aussies and Kiwis, just as it has for defences throughout the UK since the switch to Super League ahead of season 2012. Defied interest from the NRL to by signing a deal until 2019 midway through last season.
I played my amateur rugby for Fryston Warriors and made my debut for my hometown Castleford Tigers in 2011. I’d say my biggest achievements so far are winning the Man of Steel and making my England debut on Tour in 2014.
What’s the most embarrassing song or album in your collection? Will Young
I started playing at the age of five and loved it. I played for St George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL. I got a massive spray from Joel Clinton on my debut and ended up really good mates 10 years later. I joined the Wolves in 2015 and absolutely love it. Captaining Fiji and two games in 2014 for North Queensland Cowboys are among my highlights. I see myself as a passionate player who will always stick up for my team-mates.
What was your first job? Dairy farmer with my dad
What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe? My cowboy hat (Akubra), Metallica vest
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know? I would do absolutely anything for my family
Since making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2012, the level of Ben Currie’s first team responsibilities have increased with each passing season. Last season he played 26 matches, scoring nine times and showing particularly sparkling form from three different positions during the victory over Wakefield in late May. A spectacular offloading game and composure that defies his tender years are key features for Currie who can play loose-forward, second-row, centre and stand-off
I started playing Rugby League at high school aged 12 and played for Golborne Parkside and Wigan St Judes. I’ve played at Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants with a highlight being winning the Grand Final in 2013 with Wigan.
What was your first job? Plasterer
If a movie was made about you, who would play you? Prince Harry
Who is the joker around the gym? Matty Russell – doesn’t miss a thing
Injuries and suspensions limited Super Ben to a stop-start 2014, which was a real shame because his form during the campaign was fantastic. The former Wakefield man also missed out on his now regular berth in England’s back-row at the Four Nations Championship Down Under due to injury. A well-rested and raring to go Westwood is a frightening prospect for every opposition in 2015.
I debuted as a 16 year old for Castleford in the National League, 2007. I then moved to Hull and was proud to make my England debut on the 2014 Tour. I am really excited to be starting this next chapter in 2016.
Which TV show can you not miss each week? Gold Rush
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I have a first class degree in petroleum engineering
Mitchell played in the Broncos World Club challenge game against Wigan Warriors and then made his return to the NRL in the Broncos Round 1 clash against South Sydney Rabbitohs but injured his calf and missed the next 3 weeks. Dodds returned to the Broncos lineup in Round 5 and scored two tries against the Titans. In Round 8 there were fears Mitchell had done his ACL for the third time in less then 2 years but luckily it was medial ligament damage. Doods Returned in Round 15 for the Broncos in the win over the Storm and has played since due to teammate Josh McGuire suffering a season ending Achillies injury the following week against theKnights.
In September, it was confirmed that Mitchell signed a one-year deal with English Super League franchise, Warrington Wolves. He will play for them in the 2016 season.
I’m a Wigan lad and played for Ince Rose Bridge as a kid all the way through to U18s before signing for the Wolves. My highlights so far would obviously be my debut and the spell coming off the back of my loan spell with London; the Wigan, Salford and Leigh games as I played some of my best rugby.
Nickname: The Dog, Shirley from Eastenders
What do you like to do outside of Rugby League? I don’t have much time to myself after I’ve finished driving Matty Russell and Stef Ratchford around
Who is the joker around the gym? Matty Russell – there’s too many stories to tell. He’s made my life hell with editing pictures with my head on
I made my Super League debut in 2012 for Hull KR before making my Wire debut against them in 2013. I’ve had a tough couple of years with injury but am looking forward to the biggest year yet both personally and as a team in 2016.
What was your first job? Working on a farm
Who is the joker around the gym? Matty Russell – he’s always dancing and showing us his modelling poses
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I auditioned for X-Factor in 2010
I got into rugby through my dad; watching him play made me want to play. I played for amateur clubs Meltham All Blacks and Siddal, and from there I went to Huddersfield Giants and now Warrington Wolves. Making my first team debut last year was very special as is playing alongside my brother Toby.
Which TV show can you not miss each week? Downton Abbey, Walking Dead and ‘Game of Thrones’ – my brothers and I love it!
What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe? Special shoes (Joe Philbin knows!)
Who is the most competitive in the team? Ashton gives 110% in everything
Who is the joker around the gym? Stef – he can be serious sometimes but his seriousness is funny; Geno – comes up with some classics, loves ripping into me but I’ll get him back
Aged 27, Ben Harrison is embarking on his tenth season as a Warrington first-teamer in 2015. In that time he has become an absolute stalwart of defensive reliability and a no-nonsense maker of rugged yards up the middle. Expect him to feature from a combination of prop and loose-forward.
I made my Warrington debut against Leeds in 2007 and was honoured to be named in the Super League Dream Team that year. I had some time playing part-time at Swinton and also out working but I love being back at the Wire in my second spell!
I moved from the South of Wales aged 14 to pursue a Rugby League contract at Warrington starting on the scholarship and progressing through the system. Rhys also had that opportunity – personally I think I gave it him! I live with Rhys now and he is a nightmare, however he’s a good laugh.
I made my debut for Warrington in February 2014 which was a very special moment for me and my family as was playing with Rhys for the first time in Super League versus London away.
If a movie was made about you, who would play you? Austin Powers – the chest hair!
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I have a brother called Rhys
I started playing Rugby League at Audenshaw school age 11 and pretty much killed it from then. I paved the way for the likes of Jack Johnson who’s from the same school. My highlight so far was making my debut away at Leeds – it was the best feeling.
What’s the most embarrassing song or album in your collection? Not got one, they’re bangers
Who is the most competitive in the team? Ryan Atkins – he’s very keen
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: Between me and my two mates we have 22 dogs
An 19-year-old centre from West Yorkshire, Toby King made his Warrington first team debut against London Broncos last season. King boasts exceptional upper-body strength, a canny side-step, excellent kick-chase work-rate and an eye for both a charge-down and an interception. He is the brother of fellow Academy graduate George.
I started playing for Culcheth and then Latchford before starting at Warrington when I was 15. I made my debut against Hull KR away at 18 and it was great to score my first try at Catalans away. I’d definitely describe myself as an explosive player!
What was your first job? Working on my dad’s farm
Favourite holiday destination? Ibiza – because of the scenery
What’s the most embarrassing song or album in your collection? One Direction
I started playing for Woolston Rovers when I was six. At the age of 10 I went to play for Latchford and for Warrington Town team U11s. I made my way through the scholarship teams at Warrington and made my first-team debut against Wakefield winning 80-0. A day I definitely won’t forget. Hopefully in the years to come I can become an international half-back too.
Family: My little girl
What’s your signature/favourite dish? Beans on toast
My amateur club was Shevington Sharks and I joined Wolves scholarship at the age of 15. My first team debut was a home game against Wigan when we beat them and The Halliwell Jones Stadium was rocking – the memory of it will be the atmosphere and the first time stepping out on the pitch. Scoring my first try away at Cas was good too and playing for England U18s.
Nickname: Sammy or Wildey
What’s the most embarrassing song or album in your collection? One Direction
I’ve come through the ranks at Warrington. I was signed for the Service Area and then went through the academy before signing for the first team. It has also been a highlight playing for my country against France and Wales, and also for England away in France.
What do you like to do outside of Rugby League? Nothing much just chilling at home and let the mother do everything
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I used to play football for Liverpool and then Blackburn when I was 10
Having recovered from a ruptured spleen during the middle of the 2012 season, Cox kicked on to feature in 20 games in 2013 and continued his progress last year.
The young forward scored two tries in 17 appearances in 2014 and can be utilised by at prop or second row. One of the most physical prescences on the field of play, consistency is key for the academy graduate and he knows he must regularly find his best form is he to overcome fierce competition for places in the pack.
A Great Britain international representative prop forward, he played the majority of his club career at Leeds Rhinos, having won six Super League championships and three World Club Challenges with the club. He was granted a testimonial in 2014.