NEWS: Tommy Sale awarded an MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Tommy Sale has received a message of congratulations from RFL chairman Richard Lewis following the news that the 92-year-old has been awarded an MBE for his services to rugby league.

Lewis said: “On behalf of everyone involved in rugby league I would like to extend sincere congratulations to Tommy for this honour.

“Tommy’s unstinting devotion to rugby league has spanned 80 years and he is one of sport’s genuine heroes, as well as one of the nicest men involved in rugby league.

“Tommy’s MBE recognises the outstanding contribution he has made – not just to Leigh but the sport as a whole. I’m sure everyone who knows Tommy will feel it could not have been made to a more deserving individual.”

Sale’s biography, Mr Rugby Leigh: The Tommy Sale Story, was released in 2010 after the Leigh great worked closely with sports journalist Andy Hampson.

NEWS: Garfield Owen launches ‘A Welshman in Halifax’

Garfield Owen at the launch of 'A Welshman in Halifax'

Garfield Owen at the launch of 'A Welshman in Halifax'

Welsh rugby great Garfield Owen has launched his authorised biography, A Welshman in Halifax, during a function at Halifax’s Shay Stadium.

Full back Owen played rugby union for Newport and won six caps for Wales in 1955-56 before switching to Halifax.

A Welshman in Halifax, by Andrew Hardcastle

A Welshman in Halifax, by Andrew Hardcastle

Owen signed his rugby league contract live on the BBC’s ‘Sportsview’ programme and stayed with Halifax for five years. He later joined Keighley as a player coach, before retiring in 1965.

Author Andrew Hardcastle produced A Welshman in Halifax in conjunction with Owen, detailing his early life in South Wales through to his present day fundraising for research into Parkinson’s disease.

The book is published by London League Publications and is available to buy now. We hope to review the title soon on Rugby League Books.