The number of players used by every club so far in 2022

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With two-thirds of the season gone, an average of 34 players have been used by clubs across the three professional leagues.

A number of factors can be attributed to the increase in numbers – including injuries, suspensions and the controversial loan system, which currently allows players to switch for just two weeks at a time.

In Super League, Catalans and Wigan have so far used the fewest number of players – 28 apiece.

Champions St Helens have used the most, with 34, although eight of those have made just a solitary appearance – when Kristian Woolf fielded a youthful side against Castleford.

Toulouse (32) and Leeds (30) are the only clubs who currently haven’t got any players who have made just one appearance.

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The average number of players used in Super League is 31, which is less than 34 in the Championship and 37 in League 1.

Player usage has been creeping up in recent years. Even with a third of the season still to play, the 2022 average in Super League is already slightly above the entire of the 2017 season (which finished with 31).

10 years in 2012, the average across the 14 clubs was 30 players, and 20 years ago in 2002 it was 29.

In 2002, Bradford only used 24 players – while Warrington’s 37 players used was five higher than any other Super League club.

Greater awareness of player welfare, especially with the usage of GPS, will no doubt mean sharing the workload across a bigger squad becomes more common.

Players used by every club outside Super League

Using the fewest number of players in the whole of professional rugby league in 2022 is Batley, with 27.

Their local rivals Dewsbury have used over 40, with Newcastle and Whitehaven (both 39) knocking on the door.

Only Workington can say they have only fielded a player once.

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Credit: PA Images

League 1 figures are heightened by significant player usage, particularly by clubs outside the traditional heartlands.

Despite only having played around 14 games each, five of the 11 third tier clubs have used more than 40 players – Cornwall (45), Hunslet (41), London Skolars (42), Midlands (40) and West Wales (44).

Within the 40 used by Midlands, 13 of those players have only featured once. Of the 35 Rochdale have used, eight players have only played once this season for the Hornets.

In the third tier, only Doncaster and Swinton to date have used less than 30 players.

Super League players used by every club

CLUB

USED

1 APP

Castleford

30

1

Catalans

28

2

Huddersfield

30

1

Hull

33

1

Hull KR

29

3

Leeds

30

0

Salford

31

1

St Helens

34

8

Toulouse

32

0

Wakefield

32

2

Warrington

31

3

Wigan

28

3

Championship

Barrow

34

5

Batley

27

2

Bradford

36

5

Dewsbury

44

7

Featherstone

35

3

Halifax

30

4

Leigh

30

1

London B

37

3

Newcastle

39

5

Sheffield

29

1

Whitehaven

39

4

Widnes

34

4

Workington

35

0

York

29

1

League 1

Cornwall

45

3

Doncaster

29

1

Hunslet

41

4

Keighley

32

7

London S

42

5

Midlands

40

13

North Wales

32

6

Oldham

34

3

Rochdale

35

8

Swinton

29

3

West Wales

44

7

*Players used by every club data compiled via official league and club sites, and the excellent Rugby League Record Keepers Club. The one app column is the number of players that have played this season but made just one appearance for that club

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