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Rugby League: Roby 10/1 for Super League Dream Team


Who is the greatest hooker of the Super League era? Few would argue against James Roby being labelled with that tag.

The St Helens man is dreaming of a historic last hurrah in 2022 – a season that is almost certain to be his last before he hangs up his boots.

The legendary number nine and one-club man made his debut in 2004 and has enjoyed a glittering career at his hometown side.

He has helped Saints to the Super League in each of the past three seasons and this year they will bid to claim an unprecedented fourth straight Grand Final win.

Roby turned 36 in November but, having after an outstanding 2021 campaign, he signed a one-year deal and it is widely accepted that this will be his final season.

Roby has had a habit of writing fairytale scripts and it would be no surprise to see him bow out as a Grand Final winner.

You can get odds of 9/4 with Betfred for Kristian Woolf’s side to win an unprecedented fourth successive Super League title in 2022.

But could Roby end his career by earning inclusion in this season’s Super League Dream Team?

The former England international enjoyed a brilliant campaign last term and has earned a place in the imaginary line-up on six previous occasions – in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2018.

Paul McShane of Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves’ Daryl Clark are the joint favourites at 10/3 with Sporting Index, with Leeds Rhinos’ newly-appointed captain Kruise Leeming not far behind at 13/2.

But it is odds of 10/1, again with Sporting Index, which make a punt on Roby a decent outside bet.