Funeral of a rugby sporting legend

Mick Sullivan

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The funeral of Rugby League legend Mick Sullivan will be held on Thursday.

Tributes will be paid from 11.15am on April 28 at Dewsbury Minster Church of All Saints to Mr Sullivan, who died on April 5, aged 82.

The service will be followed by a committal at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium at 12.30pm and a function at Shaw Cross Boys Club.

Mr Sullivan was one of only 25 members to be inducted into the sport’s hall of fame.

He began his playing career with Shaw Cross amateur club and is recognised as one of the greatest players to come out of the Heavy Woollen district.

Mr Sullivan was player-coach at Dewsbury between 1965-66 with 40 appearances.

He took the club to within one game of Wembley before going on to play in Australia, and was capped for Great Britain 46 times, a record at the time.

He scored 41 tries for Great Britain and played in a record 36 consecutive Tests after making his debut in the World Cup defeat of Australia in Lyon in 1954.

He began his professional career at Huddersfield and moved to Wigan for a then record £9,500 fee in 1957.

Four years later he joined St Helens for £11,000, another record.

Mr Sullivan was also a World Cup winner in 1960 and scored a hat-trick of tries in the 1958 deciding Ashes Test in Sydney.

At the funeral donations will be collected for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Appeal.