Stevie Ward

To play in a winning Grand Final side is a great achievement for any rugby player. To do it after coming back from injury makes it extra special. To pick up a winner’s medal just eight days after dislocating your shoulder elevates Stevie Ward to a whole new level of extraordinary. The loose forward’s poor luck with injuries is well documented. So when he had to be helped off towards the end of the Rhinos’ semi-final win over Hull fans feared the worst. To defy all predictions by taking his place at Old Trafford was almost as unexpected as the stunning Leeds victory that he helped to inspire.