Parliament’s praise for Grand Final

Leeds and Wigan take to the field for the Grand Final
Leeds and Wigan take to the field for the Grand Final

A MOTION has been tabled in the House of Commons praising the success of the Super League Grand Final.

The motion recognises “the wonderful spectacle of sport that was the Super League Grand Final” and praises both teams, fans and the RFL for delivering “an outstanding spectacle of rugby” in Manchester.

The game, played in front of a full house of 73,512 saw Leeds Rhinos edge Wigan Warriors 22-20.

It states the Grand Final was the “ideal conclusion of a new format that has delivered its aim ‘to make every minute matter’”.

The motion was tabled by the Chairman of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, Leeds North West - and Leeds Rhinos’ MP - Greg Mulholland.

On tabling the motion, he said: “This year’s Super League Grand Final was an incredible evening of rugby in Manchester and every rugby league fan who was at the game or saw it on television must recognise it as one of the greats. When you see games like that at, in front of a full house, at the end of a very hard-fought season for both teams, you can’t help but be proud of our sport.”

Wigan’s MP Lisa Nandy praised her team’s part in the game, saying: “What an incredible game.

“Naturally, I am disappointed Wigan didn’t manage to take the title this year, but as a showpiece for rugby league, you could not have asked for more.

“Having seen the Super 8s in action this season, you wouldn’t have expected anything else.”

The full text of the motion reads: “That this House celebrates the wonderful spectacle of sport that was the 2015 Super League Grand Final, played to a sell-out 73,512 crowd in Manchester on October 10, 2015; congratulates Leeds Rhinos and commiserates with Wigan Warriors; thanks and applauds both clubs for an outstanding spectacle of rugby; believes the Grand Final was the ideal conclusion to a new Super 8 format that has delivered its aim to make every minute matter in the top tiers of professional rugby league; further believes this will have great impact on the development of the professional and community game; further thanks the Rugby Football League and all those delivering Super League games throughout the season as well as the Grand Final for creating such an outstanding competition; commends the fans for creating such an incredible atmosphere in the stadium; and looks forward to the upcoming international series between England and New Zealand on 1 November at Hull’s KC Stadium, on November 7 at London’s Olympic Stadium and on 14 November at Wigan’s DW Stadium and to the World Club series from 19 to 21 February 2016.”