GB & England legend to speak at Parliament’s Rugby League Group Charity Dinner
Great Britain and England fullback Paul Wellens is to be guest of honour at Parliament’s annual charity rugby league dinner in the House of Lords, hosted by the Parliamentary Rugby League Group.
The Man of Steel, Harry Sunderland and back-to-back Lance Todd Trophy winner played 20 Test Matches for Great Britain, eleven Tests for England and 495 games for St Helens. He has appeared in 10 Grand Finals, won five Super League titles, collected five Challenge Cup and two World Club Challenge winners’ medals and has been named in the Super League Dream Team on four occasions.
Wellens is currently part of the St Helens coaching set up, and since retiring from international duty has been part of the England coaching squad, including in this year’s Four Nations tournament.
Taking place on Monday 21 November, the evening after the Four Nations final, the annual fundraising dinner is hosted by Group President Lord Hoyle and has a Four Nations theme. The evening brings together Members of Parliament, Peers and rugby league supporters from all over the UK to celebrate the sport and raise money for charity.
The announcement was made by Saints’ season ticket holder, Group Secretary and St Helens South and Whiston MP Marie Rimmer. She said: “I am delighted that Paul Wellens will be the guest speaker at the All-Party Parliamentary Group annual charity dinner. It will be an interesting and enjoyable evening hearing Paul’s thoughts on this year’s Four Nations – just a day after that tournament ends – and will of course raise funds for rugby league charities.”
From the England training camp, Wellens said “it’s an honour to be invited to speak in the House of Lords and I’m really looking forward to it. The Parliamentary Rugby League Group is an important part of rugby league in Britain and the dinners raise money for our game. I have heard the Parliamentary crowd is passionate and has a great understanding of the game so I am looking forward to telling them about my experience as part of the GB and England set up and taking questions on this year’s Four Nations.
The Parliamentary Rugby League Group meets regularly in Parliament throughout the year to promote the sport and challenge issues. Its Annual Dinner is taking place on 21 November, where it will raise money for rugby league charities and present awards to people in the game. Tickets are available on the Group’s website.
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