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Rugby League is a physical and often dangerous sport. Very few who have played this fantastic game of ours reach the end of their careers without some sort of injury even if it's only a knee that aches in the winter.

Skirlaugh RLFC would like to recognise 3 young men who epitomise the true spirit of our game whether they had a glorious career to look back on or were just starting out in the game. Please read their stories and should you be moved to help, the links to the individual websites or pages can be found below each article

My name is Lee Newton.


Like many others I have spent most of my life being dedicated to my family, friends, career and playing sport, in particular Rugby League.


On the 20th March 2013, at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The shock of the initial diagnosis was almost unbearable but in recent months I have resolved to do everything I can to fight this terrible disease.

I am blessed with a wonderful family and amazing friends. My wife Caroline, daughters Hannah aged 13 and Evie aged 10, family and friends are all so very supportive, remain positive and help me to continue living life to the full. We have always enjoyed beautiful family holidays, thoroughly enjoy life and we run a very successful family business. Since being diagnosed with MND you may think that priorities would change, but I’m not one to give up.


This is my journey, my story and I believe this is a fight we can win.


The L6ve Life foundation has been set up to provide funds for those who, every day, fight to find a cure and help those already living with MND.



I’m Paul Spence and in 2012 I suffered a brain injury which would change my life forever. By sharing my story and offering some Positivity, Awareness, Understanding and Love, I hope to inspire others.


Connor lynes was seriously injured playing rugby in hull and left with life changing injury. He is now raising awareness of brain injury and stroke in the young.