Political Animals take on World XIII
TheRugby League World Cup Final wasn’t the only big international rugby league game taking place last Saturday (30 November). The UK politicians’ team, the Political Animals, took on a World XIII side comprising representatives if High Commissions, Embassies and national sides taking part in the World Cup.
The match, sponsored by William Hill, the PRCA and MR Sport,saw the rugby league debut of Shadow Secretary of State Andy Burnham MP, who scored two tries including a sensational long-range sprint to the line. The hard-fought contest saw the Animals go own four tries to three, though was declared a draw in line with Masters rules. Man of the Match was World XIII player David Lemalie from the New Zealand High Commission.
Club captain Greg Mulholland said “what a great way to start World Cup Final day. This game represented a fantastic opportunity for us to meet those involved in government to grow friendship through our mutual love of rugby league. I would like to thank all those who took part,particularly those travelling from London. I would also like to thank our sponsors, William Hill, PRCA and MR Sport for enabling this historic game to happen.”