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Former Leeds Rhinos forward makes appearance at Glasgow climate event

There’s a heading you didn’t think you would see today, but it actually happened.

Former Leeds Rhinos and Toronto Wolfpack forward, Anthony Mullaly, spoke at the COP26 climate event for the extreme official company.

Mullaly, who turned vegan in 2017, initially signed for Widnes, the team in the town of his birth.

Later, he joined the Huddersfield Giants before making the move to Headingley with the Leeds Rhinos, helping them towards the Super League Grand Final in 2017.

He also played in two World Cups (2013 and 2017) for Ireland.

But, it’s his recent work that has taken a number of followers by surprise, with the towering prop speaking at the global event with world leaders in his presence.

Mullaly wrote on his Instagram: “Scotland was a blast, Enjoyed speaking at the @extremeofficial hangout at Cop26, thank you for the opportunity @upfieldglobal @violife_foods @greengazellesrugby. If you stand for nothing, you fall for everything – Alexander Hamilton.”

The 30-year-old ‘Vegan Warrior’ as he is so aptly nicknamed, told an online vegan magazine why he cut meat and dairy out.

“I stopped eating red meat originally after watching a documentary by Gary Yourofsky, the American animal rights activist and lecturer; that changed my whole perception on things,” Mullaly said.

“This was four years ago and I didn’t know too many other professional vegan athletes, so I started a slow transition. It wasn’t until two years later that I went completely vegan.”

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