16th January 2020, 06:00 | set_of_six
On Sunday afternoon, the world of Rugby League came together in support of Rob Burrow at the Emerald Headingley Stadium following the Leeds Rhinos legend being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
The pre-season fixture between Leeds and Bradford Bulls also served as a testimonial fixture for Jamie Jones-Buchanan celebrating a 20-year career with the Rhinos, with JJB playing in the final ten minutes of the fixture.
Emerald Headingley Stadium were treated to a number of returning legends taking to the field in the closing stages of the game including Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai, Danny McGuire, Ryan Bailey, Keith Senior, Brett Delaney and Kevin Sinfield.
What a moment 🙌 pic.twitter.com/gqr4qbcoYM— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) January 12, 2020
For the Bulls, names such as Robbie Hunter-Paul, Rob Parker, Nathan McAvoy, Wayne Godwin, Matty Blythe and Stuart Fielden helped reignite the rivalry which dominated Rugby League in the early 2000’s.
However, the most poignant return came when Rob Burrow took to the field with five minutes remaining to a standing ovation from a sold out Emerald Headingley Stadium.
This weekend sad news emerged of a spinal injury suffered by Hull Kingston Rovers forward Mose Masoe in their pre-season fixture against Wakefield Trinity.
The Rugby League Benevolent Fund have flown Mose’s family over to be beside him at this difficult time.
You can support Mose via a JustGiving page here.
This past weekend marked the testimonial fixtures of two of Betfred Super League’s longest servants in Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary and Wakefield Trinity half-back Danny Brough.
McGillvary’s Huddersfield ran out comfortable 42-6 winners against local rivals Halifax to lift the 2020 Infirmary Cup at the John Smith’s Stadium.
👏 Congratulations to #EnglandRL's @J_McGillvary who enjoyed his Testimonial fixture this past weekend, celebrating 12 years with @GiantsRL!— England Rugby League (@England_RL) January 14, 2020
💪 Jerry crossed for a try in a 42-6 defeat of @Halifax_RLFC. pic.twitter.com/JAoDzaa7x4
The 31-year-old has been with the Giant since 2007, winning the League Leaders’ Shield with the club in 2013. McGillvary has appeared 17 times for England and on three occasions for Great Britain. Read McGillvary’s reaction to his testimonial fixture here.
Danny Brough’s Wakefield side were victorious against Hull Kingston Rovers at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Sunday afternoon, 18-6. Ryan Hampshire, Tom Johnstone and Kyle Wood crossed for Trinity while Ethan Ryan notched Rovers’ solitary try.
Brough has spent time with Dewsbury Rams, York City Knights, Hull FC, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity and Huddersfield Giants. The 36-year-old was named as the Man of Steel in 2013 as he helped the Giants to the League Leaders’ Shield. He has also represented Scotland on 25 occasions.
Coral Challenge Cup
After an exciting weekend of First Round fixtures which included a shock win for Skirlaugh over Hunslet Club Parkside, a thrilling battle between the RAF and Bentley and a debut victory for Ashton Bears, the Second Round draw has thrown up some more mouth-watering fixtures.
There is an all-National Conference League battle between two of the most prestigious amateur clubs in Wigan St Patricks and West Hull, the British Army will host Skirlaugh and Great Britain Police will welcome Rochdale Mayfield.
For full details on the Second Round draw, click here.
Anticipation is building ahead of the draws for all three tournaments in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
The draws are set to take place at Buckingham Palace and will be hosted by HRH The Duke of Sussex alongside special guests Dame Katherine Grainger DBE and Jason Robinson OBE.
Not sure which of the 32 teams you're backing at #RLWC2021? Don't worry, we've got you covered!— Rugby League World Cup 2021 (@RLWC2021) January 14, 2020
⏸️ Hit pause on our Adopt a Team Generator and share which team you'll be backing 👇 #RLWC2021Draw pic.twitter.com/xzEV5k1RVB
England – as hosts – are set to be a part of the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair tournaments and will find out their group stage opponents on Thursday.
Each draw will be streamed live across Rugby League World Cup 2021 and The Royal Family’s Twitter and Facebook channels and will be attended by representatives from all 21 nations taking part across each tournament.
Acts of kindness
The world of Rugby League has been filled with acts of kindness over the last few weeks, and this week the goodwill spread to the 2020 Season Launch in Huddersfield.
Leeds Rhinos Women’s Captain Courtney Hill was in attendance but was having difficulties paying for her car parking until Warrington Wolves PDRL star Dan came to her rescue.
😀 This is great! pic.twitter.com/sQy7O46u6D— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) January 13, 2020
Betfred League 1 side Hunslet also got in on the feel-good action this week as they got one of their Hall of Fame alumni to donate a 2020 season ticket to their oldest fan Kenny Sykes. The 95-year-old still watches his club both home and away.