Parliament Praises England Captain Jamie Peacock
A Motion has been tabled in Parliament recognising the contribution made to English and UK sport by Jamie Peacock who announced his retirement from international rugby league on Tuesday (26th June). Peacock, who was awarded the MBE in 2012 for his contributions to the sport, had been a stalwart in the Great Britain and England sides since his international debut against Australia in 2001.
The Motion was tabled by the Parliamentary Group’s Chairman Greg Mulholland, whose Leeds North West seat includes Peacock’s Super League side Leeds Rhinos. He said “Jamie’s decision to stand down from international rugby league could not have been an easy one, particularly with a World Cup next year and the chance to take on the world’s best footballers. We in the Parliamentary Rugby League Group pay tribute to Jamie’s talents and passion of the game. As his MBE shows, he has been an outstanding advocate for the sport, both on and off the pitch and his retirement represents a loss to the national squad. Personally, as a Leeds Rhinos fan, his decision to focus on his domestic career is welcomed, and I hope he can add to his amazing list of medals on that front.”
Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted in the House of Commons. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions throughout the course of the Parliamentary year.
The Motion reads:
That this House notes the retirement from international Rugby League of Great Britain and England captain Jamie Peacock MBE; congratulates him on a long and outstanding international career; recognises his significant contribution to the national and international game as a leader, talisman and teammate for those in the international sides; wishes him well in his ongoing playing career; looks forward to the announcement of the new captain; and wishes those in the England squad good luck in the forthcoming matches ahead of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in England and Wales.