The Rugby League Eye Test guys crunched the numbers on this last year and bar middle forwards players actually tend to reach their peak in their early 20s with the end of peak being around 26.
I’m just saying there’s way more to a good team than their experience level.
Anthony Griffin would be the games greatest coach if winning the NRL was as simple as stacking up experienced players.
The Superleague and NSW/Q Cup squads are littered with 25-28yo NRL vets with 50 games plus of experience.
Experience alone isn’t enough. Obviously you’re not going to win with a Jersey Flegg team either, but there’s so much more to a making good team than their combined number of games played.
This is from an article about the average age of NRL Championship winning squads.
Generally speaking, the spread of ages has remained tight across the premiership-winning teams of the last 30 years,” he revealed.
“The rosters have been more concentrated with 23-25 -year-olds more than other rosters have been.
“For example, they’d have a lot of 23-, 24- and 25-year-olds, as opposed to other rosters which have a mixture of 18- and 35-year-olds.”
The Storm is more tilted towards having a collection of 30-year-old players with the likes of Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich, Felise Kaufusi, Chris Lewis and Tom Eisenhuth balanced against the likes of Xavier Coates, Tyran Wishart and Jack Howarth.
However, Radar said this may not be the best grouping, as the past premiership winners have often derived their average age from a lot of similar-aged players.
“Why does that matter? It points to team cohesion being the biggest determiner of on-field success,” he said.
Link for the full thing.
Since the salary cap era began over three decades ago in the NRL, all but one winner can be defined by the average age of their roster.