St Helens RLFC is a club renowned for world-class rugby league. Founded in the Fleece Hotel by William Douglas Herman in 1873, the Saints and silverware have been hard to separate ever since. It wasn’t until the Challenge Cup Final of 1961 that their distinctive ‘Red V’ jersey design was first seen. A victory that day against fierce rivals Wigan made the design synonymous with the club.
Prior to the start of the Super League era in 1996, St Helens had already earned themselves 5 Challenge Cup titles and 7 league championships, amongst a host of other silverware.
Stars such as Tom van Vollenhoven, Ray French and Alex Murphy have graced St Helens’ old ground at Knowsley Road, the club’s home from 1890 until 2010, and left a lasting mark on the club and the game in Britain.
Remarkably, since the inception of Super League in 1996, St Helens have become even more successful. Players such as Kieron Cunningham, Sean Long and Jamie Lyon carved their own name in stone in more recent times, and the Saints have picked up another 7 Challenge Cup; including three consecutively in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Saints also boast one of the strongest records in Super League itself, with five titles, four of which came at the season’s showpiece Grand Final at Old Trafford. Their last Super League title came in 2006, although they were beaten finalists for each of the following 5 seasons.
World Club Challenge victories in 2001 and 2007 (both against the NRL’s Brisbane Broncos) underline Saints ‘global heavyweight’ status.
A new stadium, Langtree Park, opened in 2011 and brought St Helens into the new decade with one of the finest rugby league-specific facilities in the competition, and a perfect base to continue their success.
MyProtein are proud to be the official sports nutrition partner of one of the most successful clubs in world rugby league. Preparation for, performance in, and recovery from the world’s toughest team sport at the highest level requires top quality nutrition, and we are delighted that St Helens entrust that responsibility to MyProtein.
Matt Daniels – St Helens RFC, Head of Strength and Conditioning
“As professional sportsmen, our athletes demand supplements that are both safe and of the highest quality. We only use supplements that give us results, and Myprotein provide this.
Their extensive range of quality products allows the St. Helens players to maximise training gains and recover quickly, all with the peace of mind that the supplements are fully screened.
We place a very high emphasis on quality nutrition. All of the players at the club have nutrition lectures with all of the first team squad having access to individualised nutrition, guidance and support. Quality nutrition and supplementation is vital in optimising training time and performance.
We use a vast range of Myprotein products such as Recovery XS for post conditioning and games, and Impact Whey Protein or Hurricane XS® for pre and post gym sessions. Depending on individual requirements we also use; Creatine, Exceed, multi vitamins, fish oils, Glucosamine, Energels and Pulse® V4.
We view nutrition as a key factor in the preparation and professionalism of our athletes. The ongoing education and commitment of the players reinforces our high regard for this area.”