Comedian and TV presenter Adam Hills has been named as an ambassador for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
A lifelong rugby league fan, Hills has been a great advocate for Physical Disability version of the game, and plays for Warrington Wolves’ PDRL side.
He is most recognised as the host of Channel 4 show The Last Leg, while his documentary, Take His Legs, which followed his own personal journey to fulfil a lifelong dream of playing competitive rugby league, recently won the Television/Documentary category at this year’s Sports Journalism Awards.
He joins the likes of Kevin Sinfield, Luke Gale, Jodie Cunningham and James Simpson as ambassadors for next year’s competition.
On his new role, Hills said: “With the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments happening simultaneously for the first time ever next year, RLWC2021 has a unique platform to grow our sport to a new level and be part of a huge celebration in 2021, when hopefully life will be back to normal.
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“I was at the Palace for the draw in January and was struck by the passion of the RLWC2021 team to deliver the biggest and best World Cup in history. If I can help with that journey, I’ll do whatever I can to ensure we get that collective success, as long as Australia wins each tournament that is!”
RLWC2021 chief executive Jon Dutton added: “Adam is a recognised international personality and is clearly very passionate about our game, so I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to the tournament as he helps promote RLWC2021.
“He has a big role to play in helping us deliver the most inclusive Rugby League World Cup that the sport has ever seen.”