We look at players who are set play over 300 first class games of Rugby League in the 2017 Super League Season.
Craig Kopczak – 277 Games
Kopczak, 30, made his Super League debut for Bradford in the 2006 season, early on in his career Kopczak struggled to cement a spot in the Bulls top 17 and was put on loan to Halifax in 2008 where he played 34 games. Kopczak then established himself as a valuable for Bradford, winning Bradford’s Player of the Year in 2011. He went on to play 123 games and scoring 11 tries for the club.
At the end of the 2012 season Kopczak signed a 3-year deail with Huddersfield Giants and at his first year at the club, he was a important first-team player that won the League Leaders Shield in 2013.
After his 3-year contract expired with Huddersfield, at the conclusion of the 2015 season, Kopczak joined Salfrod Red Devils where he added a further 31 games to his total game tally which currently sits at 277 first class games.
|2016–||Salford Red Devils||31||5||0||0||20|
Although born in England, Craig decided to represent his country of heritage, Wales, at international level. He made his Wales debut in 2007, and has represented them on 18 occasions.
He featured for Wales in the 2011 Four Nations. Kopczak was Wales player of the tournament during the Four Nations in 2011.
He captained Wales in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and 2015 European Cup. He skippered the team again in the following year’s 2017 World Cup qualifiers.
Ashton Sims – 278 Games
Sims, 31, is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Warrington Wolves. He made his first class debut for St George Illawarra Dragons against the Penrith Panthers in round nine of the 2003 season.
The power forward played 81 games for the Dragons, before being told during the 2007 season, he was no longer a required player by the club and Sims signed with the Brisbane Broncos on a three-year contract starting in 2008.
Sims played 56 games for the Broncos and was one of the club’s highest paid players. Sims fell out of favour with the Broncos early in the 2009 season, finding himself playing for the Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup. Sims then only managed to play nine NRL matches in the 2010, and in August signed to play for the North Queensland Cowboys in 2011.
Sims hit career best form for the Cowboys, where he played 91 games over a four year period. Sims had a desire to play in English Super League and once his contract ended with the Cowboys, Sims signed a 2-year deal with Warrington Wolves at the end of the 2014 season.
The Fiji international has become an inspirational leader and has proved to be an integral part of the team both on and off the field. Sims signed a contract extension with ‘The Wire’ that will see him at the club for a third year and will push his club total past 50 games.
|2003–07||St. George Illawarra Dragons||81||9||0||0||36|
|2011–14||North Queensland Cowboys||91||2||0||0||8|
Sims has represented Fiji on 10 occasions and captained Fiji in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International.