Parliamentary Rugby League Group honours service personnel
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in remembrance of those involved in rugby league who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Conducted by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the ceremony was held at 4pm and attended by hundreds of rugby league supporters from across the UK and beyond.
Joining Group Chair Judith Cummins MP and Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League were representatives of the RFL and the Royal British Legion. Challenge Cup Finalists Wigan Warriors and Hull FC were represented by Ian Lenagan, Shaun Wane and Sean O’Loughlin and Adam Pearson, Feka Paleaaesina and Motu Tony respectively.
The ceremony was restored as part of Challenge Cup Final weekend tradition in 2014, and drew a large crowd of rugby league fans, who came to pay their respects and show support for the Armed Services.
Speaking after the ceremony, Group Chair and Member of Parliament for Bradford South, Judith Cummins MP, said “it was a great honour to represent the Parliamentary Rugby League Group at the ceremony, and remember all those involved in rugby league who have done so much for the country. In laying a wreath, we recognise and reflect on their profound courage, and show our gratitude for their sacrifice.”
“The rugby league family does not forget those who have served, and the ceremony was a fitting tribute. It was also an opportunity to demonstrate that all those in active service today are in our thoughts, and to show our thanks to them all.”