In Rugby League it is common for the stand-off (fly half) to run straight at the defensive line directly from a scrum to set up the position for the forwards to re-group, and set up the next play. The Loose Forward’s role is therefore to peel off quickly from the back of the scrum and make the first tackle.
England great, Wigan Legend and all around good guy, Sean O’Loughlin continues to lead the league as the stand out loose forward, even at the age of 35. Not as effective as he once was running the ball, Lockers has created an element to his game that others struggle to compete with.
The Cumbrian has been named at loose forward in the Super League Dream Team for the previous two seasons. Knowles, who has represented Wales internationally, made 18 appearances for Saints this term and helped Kristian Woolf’s side win the Super League Grand Final. Joe Cator (Hull FC) The 22-year-old has been one of the best signings of 2020.
Sinfield came through the Leeds academy system in 1998, and since then, hasn’t looked back. He is a versatile player, who can either play at Loose Forward or in the halves, he has even deputised at hooker. Sinfield was coming into the decade having been named the best Loose Forward in the World by the RLIF.
There is not much the New South Wales man cannot do when he steps out onto a rugby league field and if it was not for a particular loose forward at North Queensland then he would certainly be the number one ranked 13 in the league.
In days gone by, the loose forward provided a key link between the forwards and backs — a player who could handle the tough stuff in the middle but had a slight of hand that allowed him to ...
Loose forwards that feature in their nation's Halls of Fame include Australia's Ron Coote, Johnny Raper and Wally Prigg, Great Britain's Vince Karalius, Ellery Hanley and 'Rocky' Turner, and New Zealand's Charlie Seeling.
By Sky Sports Rugby League. Last Updated: 20/05/20 11:32am. Andy Farrell is among the nominees for best loose forward of the Super League era. With Super League celebrating its 25th season in 2020 ...