Super League 2021: Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants

Super League 2021: Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants

Super League 2021: Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants

Castleford and Catalans are two of the teams profiled first

With the start of the 2021 Super League season just days away, we take a look at the 12 teams who will be battling it out for glory in the competition this year.

The first of our four-part series of team profiles sees us look at Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants.

Plus, Sky Sports rugby league pundit Barrie McDermott picks out a player to watch for each team this year…

Castleford Tigers

Home ground: Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Head coach: Daryl Powell.

Captain: Michael Shenton.

Last season: Eighth.

Jacques O'Neill is Barrie McDermott's Castleford player to watch in 2021 Jacques O'Neill is Barrie McDermott's Castleford player to watch in 2021

Jacques O’Neill is Barrie McDermott’s Castleford player to watch in 2021

Ins: Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Suaia Matagi, Jordan Turner (both Huddersfield Giants, Matagi on loan), Lewis Bienek (Hull FC).

Outs: Mike McMeeken (Catalans Dragons), Bailey Hodgson (Newcastle Knights), Lewis Carr (Dewsbury Rams), Calum Turner (Newcastle Thunder), Matt Cook (Widnes Vikings), Junior Moors (Featherstone Rovers).

Barrie’s player to watch: Jacques O’Neill – It’s his spirit and his guile everybody is attracted to, but I like to look at a player, see who he reminds me of and some of his traits remind me a lot of Terry Newton. That’s a stamp of approval me and Terry O’Connor don’t throw around very often.

Catalans Dragons

Home ground: Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Benjamin Garcia takes over as Catalans captain this season Benjamin Garcia takes over as Catalans captain this season

Benjamin Garcia takes over as Catalans captain this season

Head coach: Steve McNamara.

Captain: Benjamin Garcia.

Last season: Fourth, eliminated in play-off semi-finals.

Ins: Gil Dudson (Salford Red Devils), Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers), Dean Whare (Penrith Panthers).

Julian Bousquet has some big shoes to fill for Catalans in 2021 Julian Bousquet has some big shoes to fill for Catalans in 2021

Julian Bousquet has some big shoes to fill for Catalans in 2021

Outs: David Mead (Brisbane Broncos), Lewis Tierney (Leigh Centurions), Remi Casty (Toulouse Olympique), Antoni Maria, Sam Moa (both Lezignan), Lucas Albert, Mika Simon (both Carcassone).

Barrie’s player to watch: Julian Bousquet – He’s the man who is going to have to step into Remy Casty’s shoes. ‘The Bus’, as me and Bill Arthur like to call him, has a big go-forward game, an offload which he has refined, but where he can really add value is being a strong presence in the changing rooms.

Huddersfield Giants

Home ground: John Smith’s Stadium.

Head coach: Ian Watson.

Ian Watson has taken over as Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson has taken over as Huddersfield head coach

Ian Watson has taken over as Huddersfield head coach

Captain: Aidan Sezer.

Last season: Seventh.

Ins: Jack Ashworth (St Helens), Jack Cogger (Canterbury Bulldogs), Ricky Leutele (Melbourne Storm), Josh Jones (Hull FC), Luke Yates (Salford Red Devils), Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors), George Roby (Warrington Wolves), James Cunningham, Olly Ashall-Bott (both free agents).

Outs: Jordan Turner, Suaia Matagi (both Castleford Tigers, Matagi on loan), Reiss Butterworth (Dewsbury Rams), Adam Walne (Barrow Raiders), Akuila Uate (retired).

Jake Wardle is expected to have another big season for Huddersfield Jake Wardle is expected to have another big season for Huddersfield

Jake Wardle is expected to have another big season for Huddersfield

Barrie’s player to watch: Jake Wardle – The performances he put in last year on that left edge were really special. He’s very reminiscent of Paul Newlove. He can provide an opportunity for his winger but also finish. We saw on several occasions he can break open a game, and he can chase back and save tries.

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