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Steve Prescott Foundation sponsor Engage Mutual is auctioning remaining memorabilia from its time as Super League title sponsor in order to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation.
The Yorkshire-based mutual has set up a special EBay page for the auction with lots including signed shirts from Steve’s former clubs St Helens and Hull.
Other items on offer comprise of singed Leeds Rhinos, Hull KR, London Broncos and Harlequins jerseys. There are also signed balls from a number of other Super League sides.
THE great thing about the NRL's enquiries into playing matches in England is that it gives the Commission an excuse to help the British game.
In case you missed it, colleague Brad Walter wrote this week in the Sydney Morning Herald that NRL officials are considering playing a State of Origin game at Wembley, or club games there and elsewhere in Britain.
Before this news emerged, domestic events in the UK were none of the NRL's business - which was unfortunate given their A$1.025 billion TV deal. Now, they have an excuse to meddle constructively. NRL officials recently met what's left of the London Broncos, for instance.
A motion has been tabled in the UK Parliament calling the Rugby League World Cup “spectacular”, “thrilling” and a “testament to the appeal of international rugby league”.
The motion congratulates all involved in creating what is already known to be the most successful World Cup to date, and thanks the host nations and all visiting teams for creating such a “compelling competition” which “demonstrates the appeal of international rugby league.”
The 2013 Rugby League World Cup has set records throughout the tournament, with sell-out crowds and a world record attendance for international rugby league of nearly 75,000 at the final.
Re-branded Super League outfit Salford Red Devils have donated three sets of kit to European nations Serbia, Ukraine and Latvia as part of their commitment to help spread the sport.
IN the May 2013 edition of Forty20 magazine, Rugby League International Federation chairman Scott Carter told this reporter: “The highest ranked Pacific nation (in the World Cup) will be the fourth team in the 2014 Four Nations, which is in the southern hemisphere"
I put the brackets in but I did check what he meant before doing so. That country, of course, would be Fiji. The Bati can now lay claim to being the no.4 rugby league-playing nation, having qualified for the World Cup semi-finals two tournaments in a row.
WHAT have you enjoyed so far this World Cup?
After covering 18 games in 20 days, each in a different town or city aside from the double header in Cardiff, it's all a bit of a blur to Travels.
When anyone dies at 39, the first thought is that it is so young; far too young.
But for Steve Prescott, who passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, it was almost a miracle of longevity.
Steve had played Rugby League as a fullback for St Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield, winning trophies at Saints, playing for Lancashire in the Origin games, and England, Ireland and GB at international level.
Grand Final and Season Review (2 disc set)
The Super League Grand Final and Season Review double-disc DVD set is now an annual offering and the 2013 edition, which is over 4 hours long, has hit the shelves in plenty of time for to fill those Christmas stockings.
ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara is a fellow who doesn't mind a bit of banter with the press. He'll give you advice on the best pubs and clubs in Hull, if you ask him.
So on Saturday, Steve Mac should have been cracking gags with us as he walked into the media conference after Englands 42-0 win over Ireland.
The domestic media, in particular, gave England plenty of credit after their 28-20 first-up defeat to Australia and Saturday's performance before a sold-out crowd at John Smiths' Stadium gave every indication that those who doubted the World Cup candidacy of his side following that game had been wrong.
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