Halliwell hoping to leave lasting legacy for Wheelchair Rugby League with history makers

The next six weeks could be filled with ground-breaking moments for England Wheelchair Rugby League captain Tom Halliwell.

The Leeds Rhinos star has Rugby League World Cup victory in his sights, but first he has one last job to do for his club on Saturday.

As the Rhinos take on Halifax in the Wheelchair Super League Grand Final, Halliwell wants to wrap up a clean sweep for the Rhinos who have dominated the wheelchair competition this year.

“We have won the League Leaders and the Challenge Cup so far as Leeds so if we win the Grand Final then we will get the clean sweep and the treble,” Halliwell told Sky Sports News.

“It is going to be a tough game, Halifax have got world-class players throughout their team and we will have to be on it to beat them.

“It is on Sky Sports live so the more people that tune in the better.”

“We’ve worked hard this season to defend our titles and to do the treble two years on the bounce would be a truly unbelievable achievement.”

The Rugby League World Cup kicking off in October will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams compete in tandem across England and, for Halliwell, there has never been a more perfect opportunity to grow the game and shine a light on what Wheelchair Rugby League has to offer.

“I grew up as a young lad playing rugby league and I have troubles with my shoulder so I have had surgery on that in the past and then broke my foot really badly so I was wheelchair bound for eight to 10 weeks,” Halliwell added.

“I reached out to my local club Leeds Rhinos and ever since then I haven’t looked back, and now I am England captain.

“For us, as players, it is all about creating a legacy. At Leeds or England, every time we have been together as a squad or in a training camp we want to build a legacy and a path for the future generation, that is what we are here for.

“We want to put the sport in a bigger light and hopefully there will be more people taking part after the World Cup and that is what we are here for. If you can see it, then you can achieve it and that’s why having our matches televised is so important for inspiring the next generation.

“We see this year as an opportunity to grow the game and grow the sport.”

Tickets for the Wheelchair Super League Grand on Saturday 1 October between Leeds Rhinos and Halifax Panthers are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.eticketing.co.uk/rugbyleague for just £5 adults (16+) and £2 Under 16s.

The Final will be hosted at the National Basketball Centre in Manchester, kick off 3:30pm.

Alternativley watch this hotly-anticipated clash between the top two sides in Wheelchair Rugby League live on Sky Sports Arena at 3.30pm.