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Rugby League

Praise for 'inspirational' Prescott

The Rugby League has congratulated Steve Prescott, who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for his charity work.

The 36-year-old former St Helens, Hull and Wakefield full-back has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds since being diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer in 2006. He has combined his course of chemotherapy with a series of gruelling fund-raising ventures, often involving players he lined up with and against.

"He is a truly inspiring individual," said the League's executive chairman, Richard Lewis.