Tri-Nations: Great Britain profiles
Last updated at 12:37 19 October 2004
Played more than 400 matches for Bradford and won 11 caps as a hooker for Great Britain but he is well on the way to making a bigger name for himself as a coach. The reputation of the one-time policeman soared after he led the Lions on the difficult tour to Australia in 1984 and he has quickly established himself as one of the top British coaches in the game. Noble became the first coach to achieve the treble last season, when he was named Super League Coach of the Year, and steered Bradford to a second World Club Challenge victory over Penrith earlier this year. Succeeded David Waite as head coach after last year's Ashes Series.
Ryan Bailey (club: Leeds, position: prop, age: 20, height: 6ft 3in, weight: 16st 4lb, 0 caps)
Has made extraordinary progress since making his Super League debut as an 18-year-old in 2002. He had already benefited from a couple of appearances on loan to Gateshead Thunder a few months earlier. He was on the verge of breaking through to the Great Britain squad last season and missed only two matches as Leeds surged to the championship this time.
Brian Carney (Wigan, winger, 28, 5ft 8in, 14st 4lb, 3 caps)
A latecomer to rugby league, Carney has made rapid progress since starring for the Irish Students side. Began his career with Gateshead in 1999 before moving to Hull and then Wigan. Named Britain's best player in last year's Ashes Series. Has been dogged by a hamstring injury this season, restricting him to only two tries in 10 appearances for the Warriors but still an automatic selection for the right wing.
Matt Diskin (Leeds, hooker, 22, 5ft 11in, 14st 10, 0 caps)
Clinched a place in Great Britain's squad with a man-of-the-match performance in the Grand Final. Until then he had only been named in the England A squad. Made his senior debut for Leeds in 2001 and has been a first-choice regular for the last three seasons. Made this year's Super League Dream Team. Displays a maturity beyond his years.
Gareth Ellis (Wakefield, centre or loose forward, 23, 6ft, 15st 5lb, 1 cap)
Has played a major role in transforming Wakefield from relegation strugglers to a top-six side. Toured the South Pacific with England A in 2002 and was named as the management team's player of the tour. Made his senior Test debut as a substitute in last year's final Test against Australia.
Andy Farrell (Wigan, second rower or prop, captain, 29, 6ft 4in, 16st 11lb, 29 caps)
Has led Great Britain a record 24 times after becoming their youngest-ever captain on the 1996 tour of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji at 21 years four months. Now Britain's oldest international. Holds a host of scoring records with Wigan and won the prestigious Man of Steel award for a second time this year. Has been an outstanding loose forward for more than a decade but selected at prop in this year's Super League Dream Team.
Stuart Fielden (Bradford, prop, 25, 6ft 3in, 16st 11lb, 11 caps)
One of the most respected forwards in the game and a tireless worker who would take the ball up all day if asked. One of Great Britain's most consistent performers, having played in their last 11 matches since making his debut three years ago. Super League Young player of the year in 2000. At 25, he is young enough to be the cornerstone of the British pack for many more years.
Martin Gleeson (Warrington, centre, 24, 6ft 1in, 14st 13lb, 5 caps)
Wigan-born, Gleeson played junior rugby in Australia before returning to England. After one match with Swinton, he had three seasons with Huddersfield before St Helens signed him in 2002. Has since emerged as a quality centre, making his Test debut the same year. Transferred to Warrington in a shock £200,000 move in July. Missed the last four months of the season after being banned for betting irregularities.
Iestyn Harris (Bradford, stand-off, 28, 5ft 11in, 14st 6lb, 9 caps)
One of the game's superstars, Harris played for Great Britain Under-21s a few days before his senior debut for Warrington at 17 in 1993. Moved to Leeds in 1997 in a £350,000 deal, a record for a stand-off, and collected a raft of scoring records before switching to rugby union, playing for Cardiff and Wales. Returned to rugby league with Bradford Bulls this season. Man of Steel and Super League player of the year in 1998.
Mick Higham (St Helens, hooker, 24, 5ft 8in, 13st 8lb, 0 caps)
Made his mark with Leigh, scoring 22 tries in his first full season in 2000 which ended with a man-of-the-match display in the Division One Grand Final. Signed for St Helens soon afterwards and quickly gained a reputation for being one of the fastest hookers in the game. Made a substitute appearance for England A last year but has missed much of this season through injury.
Paul Johnson (Bradford, centre, 25, 6ft 1in, 14st 9lb, 5 caps)
Made his debut for Wigan as a 17-year-old substitute in 1995 but did not start to make his mark until 2001 when he made his debut for Great Britain against France. Went on to play in all three Tests against Australia as a winger the following month, scoring a try in the final game. Used largely as a centre for Bradford but equally at home in the second row.
Sean Long (St Helens, scrum-half, 28, 5ft 9in, 13st 6lb, 6 caps)
Has become one of the most dominant players in the game since joining St Helens in 1997 yet has started just two matches for his country. Began his career with Wigan 10 years ago before having a brief spell with Widnes. Super League player of the year in 1999 and Man of Steel the following season. Also a Lance Todd Trophy winner in 2001 and 2003. Has played only two matches for the Saints since returning from a three-month ban for betting irregularities.
Danny McGuire (Leeds, stand-off, 21, 5ft 10, 13st, 0 caps)
One of the most exciting players to emerge for many years. Terrific pace and support play has put him on top of this season's try chart with 39 in all matches, which includes a Super League record-equalling five in one match. Named as the RL Writers' player of the year this season and selected in the Super League Dream Team. Scored the vital, late match-clinching try in this season's Grand Final. Played for England A when they ran Australia close last year.
Adrian Morley (Sydney Roosters, prop or second row, 27, 6ft 3in, 16st 3lb, 12 caps)
Has made a massive impact in Australia since leaving Leeds for Sydney Roosters in 2001 but had already made his mark in seven years at Headingley. His tremendous, uncompromising approach makes him one of the most feared forwards in the game. Gained notoriety after earning the quickest dismal in Test history when he was sent off after only 12 seconds of Great Britain's first match against Australia last year.
Terry Newton (Wigan, hooker, 25, 5ft 9in, 15st 10lb, 5 caps)
Began his senior career with Leeds in 1996 and had four impressive seasons there before moving to Wigan. Has remained one of the most consistently outstanding, if volatile, hookers in Super League but has the unfortunate record of playing in four Grand Finals and never being on the winning side. Had better luck in the Challenge Cup final with wins for Leeds in 1999 and Wigan three years later.
Sean O'Loughlin (Wigan, stand-off or loose forward, 21, 6ft 1in, 14st 6lb, 0 caps)
Emerging as one of the brightest of Wigan's rich crop of young players. His family is steeped in rugby league, with father Kieron and uncle Kevin both former professional players, while brother-in-law Andrew Farrell has led Great Britain for the last eight years. Now making the grade in his own right after captaining England A on their 2002 South Pacific tour.
Jamie Peacock (Bradford, second row, 26, 6ft 5in, 15st 12lb, 10 caps)
After a brief spell on loan at Featherstone in 1998, Peacock returned to Bradford to become one of the best second row forwards of recent years. Has played in all 10 matches for Great Britain since making his Test debut against Australia in 2001. Marked the occasion by scoring one of the quickest tries in Test history, touching down after just 86 seconds. Swept the board for awards last year, including Man of Steel.
Kris Radlinski (Wigan, full-back, 28, 6ft 1in, 14st 12lb, 23 caps)
Has fulfilled all his promise since breaking into Wigan's all-star team as a teenager. At 19 became the youngest winner of the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match in the 1995 Premiership final and the first to score a hat-trick. He played centre that day but went on to become a regular at full-back for club and country. Also won the Lance Todd Trophy in the 2002 Challenge Cup final. Scored a record 118 Super League career tries.
Stuart Reardon (Bradford, winger or full-back, 23, 6ft 4in, 16st 7lb, 0 caps)
Took his chance when injuries robbed Bradford of Michael Withers and Robbie Paul midway through last season. Reardon became first choice full-back and crowned his promotion by winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match in the Grand Final after scoring a vital try. Also played on the wing in a non-Test for Great Britain against New Zealand A and made a couple of appearances for England A.
Paul Sculthorpe (St Helens, loose forward, 27, 6ft 3in, 15st 12lb, 21 caps)
Vice-captain and one of the truly great players of the last decade. Twice named as the Man of Steel and also Super League player of the year in 2001. Moved from Warrington to St Helens seven years ago in a record deal for a forward of £370,000. Has an impressive record against Australia, including being man of the match in the first Test of 2001. An automatic choice in this year's Super League Dream Team.
Keith Senior (Leeds, centre, 28, 6ft 3in, 16st, 16 caps)
Rated by many as the world's best centre, Senior made his first-team debut for Sheffield Eagles 10 years ago. Signed for Leeds in 1999 for around £100,000 and has repaid the transfer fee many times over. Holds the record for playing in most rounds of Super League, an incredible 223 out of a possible 237. His powerful running has brought 109 tries to put him third in the Super League all-time list. Made this year's Super League Dream Team.
Chev Walker (Leeds, centre, 22, 6ft 3in, 16st 4lb, 0 caps)
Made his senior debut for Leeds as a 16-year-old in 1999. Has already achieved much with the promise of more to come. Scored 19 tries this season, including four in one match and another hat-trick. Yet to make his Great Britain debut, but played for England in the 2000 World Cup when just turned 18.
Danny Ward (Leeds, prop, prop, 24, 5ft 10in, 16st, 0 caps)
Emulated his father, David, who was in the last Leeds team to win the championship before their 32-year wait for another was ended this year. He is now set to follow him as a Great Britain player. Probably clinched his place in the Tri-Nations squad with a powerful performance in this year's Grand Final.
Paul Wellens (St Helens, full-back, 24, 6ft 1in, 15st, 4 caps)
Played in several positions in his early days at St Helens, including hooker, but has now settled as one of the most fearless full-backs in the game. He remains a versatile player, however, and his three starts for Great Britain have been at wing, centre and full-back plus a substitute appearance.
Stephen Wild (Wigan, centre or second row, 23, 6ft 1in, 15st 7lb, 0 caps)
Rewarded for an outstanding season with Wigan. Switched from the pack to cover injuries among the threequarters this year and has missed only three of the Warriors' 36 matches. His only senior representative appearance so far is one match for Lancashire in 2002 but he is expected to add international honours before long.
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