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19th March 2017, 22:13 | super_league

SET OF SIX: This week in Rugby League

SET OF SIX: This week in Rugby League

Luke Ambler meets Prince Charles, Stuart Pearce is a Rugby League convert, a Danny Jones defibrillator saves a Masters player's life, Billy Slater returns after a two year absence and more.

Luke Ambler shares Andy’s Mans Club with Royalty

Halifax prop Luke Ambler met Prince Charles earlier in the week, to share the message of ‘Andy’s Mans Club’, a mental health group he set up last year.

The Ireland international formed the group in July 2016, after his brother-in-law took his own life after a silent battle with mental health.

Ever since, the campaign has gone from strength-to-strength, with Rugby League players around the world sharing the club’s message, accompanied with an ‘ok hand gesture selfie’.

Ambler said: “It doesn't get any bigger or better than shaking hands and having a proper chat and conversation to the future king in his home.”

“I got the chance to have a really good conversation with his royal highness about Andy’s Man Club and the #itsokaytotalk campaign. It was an amazing event, I’ll never forget it!”

Find out more about Andy’s Man Club here.


Stuart Pearce is a Rugby League convert

Former England and Nottingham Forest favourite Stuart Pearce this week revealed that Rugby League is his new favourite sport, after becoming an avid fan of Warrington Wolves.

The association with the club first started a few years ago when Pearce met Wolves boss Tony Smith at a coaching event and the pair soon struck up a great friendship.

Ever since, the ex-England caretaker manager has been regularly travelling up to watch Warrington games, and even joined up with the club in their pre-season camp in Spain earlier this year.

Pearce said: “This is the first time I’ve supported a team, as in when we go over the try-line, I’m punching the air. I haven’t done that since I was probably 14-years-old as a QPR fan in football.”

Pearce was speaking to Dave Woods in the BBC Radio 5 Live podcast.


Danny Jones Fund defibrillator saves Masters player’s life

A York Locos player’s life was saved last weekend, thanks to a defibrillator purchased by the Danny Jones Fund.

Terry Lofthouse collapsed during the Yorkshire Masters Clubs festival at Methley Warriors last Sunday, but thankfully the club had a defibrillator in place and this was used by a trained member of staff, before the player was Airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.

After originally being placed in intensive care, Terry had stents fitted and was later moved to hospital in York as his recovery continues.

Read more about last weekend’s events and the Danny Jones Fund here.


Slater makes comeback after two years

Veteran fullback Billy Slater made his long-awaited comeback for Melbourne Storm on Thursday, after missing almost the last two years with an ongoing shoulder injury.

The 33-year-old had been unavailable since the Round 10 game against South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2015 and although he was back for the start of last season, again picked up an injury in Round 1 of the 2016 season.

Slater played the final 51 minutes in Storm’s 14-12 win over Brisbane Broncos and after the match told Sydney Morning Herald: “I was pretty comfortable out there after I had a few runs and carries – I was back in playing mode.

“I'd like to focus on my performances now, I didn't really prepare too much on what I was going to do out there today, I was more preparing my body as best I could.”

Read the full interview here.


USA will not bid for new international tournament

Bosses behind the 2025 Rugby League World Cup that will take place in America, have confirmed that they will not be bidding for USA to host the new eight-team international tournament that will take place in 2023.

That year is when the Rugby Union World Cup is taking place and although the USA are not bidding for that tournament, officials believe it would be an unwise move to stage the two tournaments at a similar time, especially when code differences are not well known in North America.

Jason Moore told the Sun: “We had several reasons why the 2023 event didn’t work for us in the US/Canada, which were communicated to the RLIF Board very concisely.

“We were interested in several modified forms of the proposed eight team ‘Mini World Cup’, however for October/November 2022 – not 2023 – as that would clash directly with Rugby World Cup.”

Read Gary Carter's full article on The Sun website.


Brave Haydock’s run comes to an end

Haydock were the lowest-ranked side to have ever made it to the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, but their astounding run in the competition finally came to an end on Saturday.

They were defeated 40-12 by Championship side Oldham, who sit 71 places above them in the Rugby League system. However, amateurs Haydock did give their hosts an almighty shock as they stormed to an early 8-0 lead, before their opponents went onto get a foot-hold in the game.

It was an especially memorable day out for the Haydock fans though, with over 300 of them attending the game at Bower Fold, with two double-decker buses and a coach bringing the well-voiced fans over from St Helens.