Parliamentary Rugby League Group welcomes group statue at Wembley Stadium
Members of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group today welcomed the announcement of the subject of a rugby league statue at Wembley Stadium.
The Group first raised the creation of a statue at the national stadium, which has been home to so many historic rugby league battles, in 2010 and worked with the RFL and Wembley to secure its placement.
Rugby League Group Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, welcomed the announcement saying “like everyone else who loves rugby league, MPs and Peers in the Group have had some rather intense debates about who we felt would best capture the spirit of rugby league and with no clear consensus on a single individual we had to do what MPs do and took a vote; which caused even more debate!”
“Therefore, it is great that a statue containing a group of rugby league players has been selected. It is a fantastic way to remember all those who have played the game and brought some of the greatest moments in sport to Wembley. We in the Group are all looking forward to seeing the final statue.”
Chorley MP and Group Treasurer Lindsay Hoyle added his thoughts: “When I made the suggestion that we should have a dedicated statue to rugby league at Wembley Stadium I had little idea just how much support this would receive from fans and the Rugby Football League alike. I am delighted we have the agreement of Wembley to ensure we have a permanent statue to our great game.”
“Wembley Stadium is one of the greatest and most loved grounds in the world and has a long and proud history with rugby league. That so many people who visit Wembley will have the opportunity to see that history is fitting and very much welcomed.”