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Celebrating the achievements of a true Rugby League great

Video by RLWC2021


Alongside match ball supplier Steeden, RLWC2021 have revealed that the official tournament ball will honour Rugby League pioneer Clive Sullivan MBE.

The ‘Sully Ball’ will be used in all 61 RLWC2021 matches across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments. The match ball has been designed in collaboration with the Sullivan family and Steeden to represent the core values of the tournament, the history of International Rugby League and recognise the significant positive impact Sullivan had on the sport.

Sullivan, a proud Welshman, made his Great Britain debut in 1967 and was awarded the captaincy five years later, leading the Great Britain side to World Cup victory in 1972.

As well as being the first black sportsman to captain a British national team, Sullivan scored a 60-metre try in the final against Australia, cementing his place as a British sporting icon. Next year, 50-years on from the 1972 World Cup, Sullivan will be at the heart of history again when the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments take place across England.

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