CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: The Cowboys stand in the in-goal area waiting for a conversion attempt during the round 16 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys at Barlow Park on July 1, 2018 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

We have once again gathered up all the data on the average age of players used for each club to determine which team is the oldest in the competition.

The league average so far for 2018 sits at 26.27 years of age.

The North Queensland Cowboys sit at the top of the ladder for the oldest age average at 27.49, no surprise given the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Gavin Cooper being a part of the team.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Penrith Panthers hold the youngest average age at 25.19, seeing them use 23 players between the age of 20-29 and only two players above 30 being considered.

Just like last year, the Melbourne Storm continue to hover around the leagues average, despite having two of the oldest players in the game, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater, still battling on.

The table below showcases each club's average age for 2018:

Team (2018) Average Age
North Queensland Cowboys 27.49
Cronulla Sharks 27.27
Parramatta Eels 27.10
St George Illawarra Dragons 26.88
Wests Tigers 26.77
New Zealand Warriors 26.4
Melbourne Storm 26.38
Sydney Roosters 26.38
Canberra Raiders 26.16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 25.99
Gold Coast Titans 25.97
Newcastle Knights 25.74
South Sydney Rabbitohs 25.72
Manly Sea Eagles 25.43
Brisbane Broncos 25.42
Penrith Panthers 25.19

The Parramatta Eels have used seven players over the age of 30 this year, which is the most of any team, meanwhile its the Canberra Raiders who have used just only one player above that age.

The Eels, along with the Wests Tigers, Bulldogs, Sharks and Eagles have used the most players thus far with 28 players taking the field for their respective teams.

The Warriors seem to have a nice balance of youth and experience as they've fielded four players over 30, 21 aged between 20-29 and two players below the age of 20.

St George Illawarra sit at the bottom of the ladder for amount of players used with only 22 taking the field this year. These two teams have enjoyed the fortune of lack of injuries and a tight, cohesive group to use that amount of players.

Here is the rest of the clubs' age breakdowns this season:

Team (2018) <20 20-29 30+ Total
Brisbane Broncos 3 20 3 26
Canberra Raiders 1 21 1 23
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 0 25 3 28
Cronulla Sharks 1 23 4 28
Gold Coast Titans 1 21 3 25
Manly Sea Eagles 1 24 3 28
Melbourne Storm 0 23 4 27
New Zealand Warriors 2 21 4 27
Newcastle Knights 0 21 5 26
North Queensland Cowboys 1 20 5 26
Parramatta Eels 0 21 7 28
Penrith Panthers 0 23 2 25
South Sydney Rabbitohs 2 19 3 24
St George Illawarra Dragons 1 18 3 22
Sydney Roosters 0 21 4 25
Wests Tigers 0 23 5 28


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