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20th September 2016, 18:52 | community

Jamie Peacock, Rugby League's Paralympic medalist and much more!

Jamie Peacock, Rugby League's Paralympic medalist and much more!

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Rugby League has a Paralympic medallist

A Rugby League star has picked up a Paralympic medal at the games in Rio.

England and Halifax Wheelchair RL's Harry Brown has enjoyed a fine season, proving to be a crucial part of the 'Fax team which finished top of the Wheelchair Premier League.

Though he was in Rio for his side's Grand Final win over Leeds Rhinos earlier this month, he still managed to take in the game…


He'll be taking a well-earned break for this weekend's Wheelchair RL Four Nations, but he is a key part of the England set-up, and scored this remarkable try to help England pick up the 2015 European Championship title…

And the 22-year-old capped off a stunning 12 months with selection for Great Britain's 2016 Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball squad.

He was an important member of the squad as they claimed a dramatic Bronze medal in the competition, beating Turkey in overtime after the scores were level at full time.




Peacock the player… Peacock the coach.

Jamie Peacock's return to playing after almost 12 months in retirement has proven to be successful, helping his Hull KR side to successive wins in the Qualifiers.

The 38-year-old made his KR debut in a 58-18 win at London Broncos last weekend, and he came off the bench as the Robins edged out Featherstone Rovers 32-24 at the Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday.

But, just 24 hours earlier, England RL's Team Manager was giving back to his former junior club, Stanningley, where he helps coach the club's under 11s side, as they took on Oulton Raiders on home turf.


Amazing charity day at Waterhead

Leeds Rhinos legend and Sky Sports pundit Barrie McDermott has lauded the efforts made to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation on Sunday.

The 44-year-old took part in a charity match between Waterhead Warriors' Class of the 90s and the Class of the 80s, along with Terry O'Connor.

RFL Rugby Director Kevin Sinfield was also involved in the encounter, but McDermott believes his former Rhinos team mate won't be feeling the effects quite as much in the wake of the match.

"He's the type who prepares for games like that," McDermott told skysports.com.

"I just pitch up and get stuck in."



Tickets to the game were free but, after good weather doubled the anticipated crowd, over £5,000 was raised for the Foundation.

"Even more impressively than that though," added McDermott. "Waterhead said they took six months' worth of bar takings on the day!

"I wasn't responsible for all of it..."

For more information on Barrie's efforts to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation, including taking on Everest, click HERE.


Hunslet Warriors Ladies train with Leeds Rhinos

Last Tuesday night, Hunslet Warriors' Ladies team enjoyed an exclusive training session with Leeds Rhinos, and brushed up on their skills alongside some of the First Utility Super League's star players.

It was all thanks to First Utility Super League partners, Batchelors, who selected the Warriors Ladies as the winners of a nationwide competition which was open to all Rugby League community clubs and schools of all ages.

The team joined Leeds Rhinos' Carl Ablett, Liam Sutcliffe, Ash Goulding and Ash Handley for drills and exercises, as well as some friendly competition.

The competition took place thanks to Batchelors, partners of the First Utility Super League

Leeds Rhinos helped give the Hunslet Warriors Ladies a unique opportunity

 

Warriors' Nikita Hunter entered her team to the competition and said: "We are a new team and had a good first season. We always give 110% and are so excited that it's paid off - it has been an incredible experience to meet and train with our heroes.

"We are keen to raise awareness of Women's Rugby League and go from strength to strength next season."

Drighlington promoted!

Leeds-based Drighlington were left celebrating on Saturday after earning promotion from the NCL Division 3 in remarkable style.

After a hard-fought season, they ended the year in second place, and battled their way to the promotion final over two legs against Rylands Sharks.

They then faced off with Warrington's Woolston Rovers, who finished third in the league, for a place in NCL's third tier.

Woolston, the visitors, were leading 8-2 at half time, but a stunning turnaround by the hosts saw them score 30 unanswered second-half points, Kieron Roche and Thomas Moorby amongst the scorers, as Drig earned promotion to the third tier for the first time.