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7th January 2021, 14:41 | set_of_six

Set of Six | January 7

Set of Six | January 7

Here is your first ‘Set of Six’ for 2021...

National Lockdown 

This week the United Kingdom entered a third national lockdown, and the Rugby Football League released the following statement in relation to the announcement. Click here.

Retirements

The first week of 2021 saw two players confirm their retirements from Rugby League – Stevie Ward and Claire Garner. 

Ward – who has been suffering from symptoms of concussion for the last year – called it time on a successful career at the age of just 29. Ward was part of the legendary Leeds Rhinos treble-winning side of 2015. 

For more on Ward’s retirement, click here.

Garner began her Betfred Women’s Super League career with Bradford Bulls, including being a part of the 2017 ‘Invincibles’ team which won every piece of silverware on offer to them.

On the International stage Garner represented England on three occasions, including in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup against Cook Islands. For more on her retirement, click here.

Rugby League Cares reopens Archive

As we enter a third national lockdown, Rugby League Cares – the sport’s charitable arm – have confirmed they will be reopening their video archive to keep fans entertained throughout. 

During previous national lockdowns, Rugby League Cares broadcast a number of archive games – in full – on their official Facebook page which can be found here.

They have already begun to show archive footage for the most recent lockdown with the broadcast of the 1986 first Ashes Test between Great Britain Rugby League and Australia.

Devon Sharks

Earlier this week, Devon Sharks confirmed that their posts had been vandalised over the festive period and the club had set up a fundraising page in order to get them replaced.

Betfred Championship club Halifax Panthers and Betfred League 1 side West Wales Raiders responded in kind with donations to the Sharks’ cause, as well as number of the Rugby League community. 

You can find their fundraising page here.

Club Foundations focus on the community 

As the United Kingdom heads into a third national lockdown, the Foundations of a number of Rugby League clubs have once again stepped forward and put the community at the forefront of their minds in these difficult times. 

Over the festive period, Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation embarked on ‘The Big Feed’ which saw them provide meals to those in need across the Wakefield district. In total they provided a massive 1454 meals, and you can read more about their success here.

York City Knights confirmed a partnership with a local building company which will allow them to continue to hand free tickets to under 16s throughout the 2021 Betfred Championship season. More details here. 

From Rugby League to Darts

The New Year began with Gerwyn Price becoming the first-ever Welshman to win the PDC World Darts Championship, but did you know he used to play Rugby League? 

Before moving to a full-time career in Darts, Price played both codes of Rugby including making two appearances for South Wales Scorpions back in 2013. 

Congratulations to Gerwyn Price on his triumph!