Let’s dance

Erin Boag and Martin Offiah
Erin Boag and Martin Offiah

FORMER Wigan Warriors player Martin Offiah will put his dancing shoes back on to perform a routine for the Rugby League World Cup opening ceremony next Saturday.

He will be doing the jive with his former Strictly Come Dancing partner Erin Boag, along with fellow contestant Gethin Jones, who will be presenting the events.

Martin said: “I’ll be reunited with my Strictly partner Erin Boag. I have to say I’m nervous but also very excited. I might take a little grief from the fans but it should be good fun.”

The ceremony takes place before the England v Australia opening match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

As well as the Strictly Come Dancing-style show, ex-player Gareth Thomas will be also performing with 50 professional dancers and 500 dancers from local communities in Wales and south west England as part of a £1m project part-funded by the Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales.

Tournament general manager, Sally Bolton said: “It is amazing that Strictly Come Dancing, one of the biggest shows on the BBC, have agreed to be a key part of the opening ceremony. To have Gethin Jones and Martin Offiah as part of that will be a real treat for the crowd.”