Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League To Speak In Parliament

Next Tuesday (December 17), representatives of the Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League will present to the UK’s Parliamentary Rugby League Group.

2014 represents the 20th anniversary of rugby league being played in the services after the ban on servicemen and women playing the sport was lifted in 1994, something in which the Group and its Members played a significant part.

Army Rugby League was created almost immediately, with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy following suit in 1996 and 1998 respectively, and has grown significantly in that time, to the point where the UK hosted the Combined Services Rugby League World Cup during this summer’s Festival of World Cups.

Group Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland said “The Parliamentary Rugby League Group has both a long and very strong friendship with forces rugby league. The Group was created initially to address bias and discrimination in rugby league and our colleagues at the time played a vital role in overturning such inequity in the forces and elsewhere.

“To have Jason Talbot and Damian Clayton – who were instrumental in overcoming the issues faced by rugby league players in the services – take us through the history of the game in the Forces from day one through to our hosting of the outstanding Services Rugby League World Cup this summer is fantastic and I know Members of Parliament re really looking forward to the visit.”

WO Clayton gave his thoughts “Rugby league is recognised as honing the mental and physical skills that members of the Armed Services require and there are huge numbers of rugby league fans in all the Forces. It is therefore an important component in service life and we are grateful to the Group for its instrumental role in rugby league being recognised. It is a terrific for us to be back in the Palace of Westminster to tell the Group how things have developed over the last 20 years.”

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One thought on “Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League To Speak In Parliament

  1. Fascinating and hard to understand that RL was banned essentially by union sympathisers if not the union itself until the end of the 20th century. And coincidentally with the death of the great Nelson Mandela that union was happy to support apartheid for a very long time. And yet the unionists hold on to hating RL , truly amazing trying to understand how the mind juggles contradictions in your head and works the way it does. The parliamentary RL Group is one of the few occasions where all parties work together and have done real work to address society’s acceptable forms of inequality – if only there were more groups like them. It is hilarious that ru also has one too! That really does beg a question; Exactly when and where did union come up against prejudice and and discrimination that they needed a parliamentary group? I can’t wait for the answers to that one!

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