Journalists wanted for Rugby League clash with politicians in Wigan on Sunday

A team of politicians are going to take on journalists at Rugby League in a charity game on Sunday.

Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland (pictured, above right), a Liberal Democrat, will lead his Political Animals team against a rival team hastily convened by Yorkshire publisher, Danny Lockwood (pictured, above left).

The match, in aid of RL Cares and Joining Jack, will take place from 1pm at Wigan Warriors’ High Performance Training Centre.

Lockwood, who is publisher of weekly newspaper The Press in Dewsbury, said: “We put on a game at Headingley a few years ago when Lord Addington famously broke the ribs of one of League's all-time greats, Daily Star columnist Garry Schofield. We still won that game handily though, and Greg Mulholland's been itching for revenge ever since.

"He does a terrific job promoting our sport at Westminster and has a pretty settled team, but we've been hit by a raft of late withdrawals from overworked regional journos, while our BBC recruits have suffered a variety of suddenly debilitating ailments.

"Luckily Phil Wilkinson from the Wigan Observer and Evening Post has a few doughty colleagues and Gary Carter of The Sun has put his hand up, so hopefully we can be competitive."

Lockwood has appealed for volunteers from journalists who would like to join his team in Wigan on Sunday (email: lockwood@league-weekly.com).

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