These five Australian rugby league teams looked awesome playing as Marvel Comics superheroes


A regular-uniformed Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm is tackled during a round 18 NRL match against the Canterbury Bulldogs. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Many of us treat our favorite sports stars like superheroes. Over the weekend, five Australian rugby league teams took that simile to the next level by actually dressing like them.

The five teams, including the North Queensland Cowboys, Many Warringah Sea Eagles, Sydney Roosters, St. George Illawarra Dragons and Canberra Raiders, traded in their regular kits for fresh ones featuring motifs of five Marvel Comics superheroes — Thor, Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk.

The uniforms were commissioned by ISC, a sportswear brand and Marvel Comics, specifically for Round 21 of this year’s Premiership, sponsored by ISC, a sportswear vendor, and Marvel Entertainment. You can get your very own if you have $150 or so lying around.

So who won? Let’s see…

The Cowboys, dressed as Thor, beat the Gold Coast Titans, dressed in their normal kits.

The Roosters, dressed as Captain America, beat the Dragons, dressed as Iron Man. (Understandable, it seems.)

The Raiders, dressed as Hulk, lost to the New Zealand Warriors, dressed in their normal gear. (How can this be?!)

And the Sea Eagles, dressed as Wolverine, beat the Brisbane Broncos, dressed as themselves.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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