Rugby League - Quartet set for Hall of Fame honour

Greats of the game Lewis Jones, Martin Offiah, Garry Schofield and Mick Sullivan have been selected to join the Rugby League Hall of Fame.

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Martin Offiah had a remarkable career with Widnes, Wigan, London Broncos and Salford

They will be formally inducted at a Rugby League World Cup celebration dinner at Huddersfield on Friday night when they will be welcomed by current Hall of Fame members Billy Boston and Neil Fox.

The quartet, chosen by a selection panel of journalists, broadcasters and administrators, take the number of legends in the Hall of Fame to 21 and they become the first to join the British game's pantheon since 2005.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: "It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome these four living legends of the game into the Rugby League Hall of Fame.

"Lewis, Martin, Garry and Mick are recognised as four of the greatest British sportsmen of the last century and it is right and proper that their considerable talents should be recognised in this way."

Membership of the Hall of Fame is restricted to players who had a record of outstanding achievement at the highest level of the game and who have made a lasting contribution.

They are also deemed to have a reputation that transcends the era in which they played.

Jones was tagged the 'golden boy' when he moved from Llanelli to Leeds as a record £6,000 signing in 1952 and in a 12-year British playing career of more than 400 games, he amassed 3,445 points, including 496 from 48 appearances in the 1956-57 season.

He was in the Leeds team that won the 1957 Challenge Cup and four years later captained them to a first Championship triumph. He also went on the 1954 Lions tour and played in the 1957 World Cup.

Sullivan and Schofield jointly hold the record for most Great Britain caps with 46.

Sullivan scored 41 tries and played in a record 36 consecutive Tests after making his debut at centre in the World Cup defeat of Australia at Lyon in 1954.

He went on to feature in the next two World Cups, as well as the Ashes-winning series of 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1962.

He moved from Huddersfield to Wigan for a then record £9,500 fee in 1957 before joining St Helens for £11,000 four years later.

Schofield enjoyed an outstanding club career with Hull and Leeds that brought him 328 tries from close to 500 games and was named Man of Steel in 1991.

The free-scoring stand-off, who also had successful spells in Australia with Balmain and Western Suburbs, went on four Lions tours and captained his country 13 times, including in the 1992 World Cup final against Australia at Wembley.

Hackney-born Offiah became the highest try-scoring Englishman of all-time in a remarkable career with Widnes, Wigan, London Broncos and Salford.

When his career came to a halt with Salford in 2001, the former Rosslyn Park winger was behind only Australian Brian Bevan and Welshman Billy Boston on rugby league's all-time try-scoring chart with 501, including 20 in stints with Australian clubs Eastern Suburbs and St George between 1989 and 1993.

Offiah, who became the game's costliest player when moving from Widnes to Wigan for £440,000 in 1992, was Man of Steel in his first season in 1987 and twice won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in Challenge Cup finals at Wembley.

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