New Wakefield Trinity boss Mark Applegarth to take on fantastic fundraising challenge

Wakefield surprised many in rugby league when they parted company with Willie Poching and his assistant Francis Cummins at the end of the year.

Though 2022 was a disappointing season for Trinity, it ended with some great form as Wakefield pushed Champions St Helens all the way and defeated Wigan Warriors at home.

They finished with a number of positive results climbing to 10th after it seemed likely they would suffer relegation.

They even leap frogged the star studded Warrington Wolves giving Trinity fans reasons to be optimistic going into 2023.

However, the club made the bold move to part company with Poching and Cummins and employ unproven Mark Applegarth who at 37 is the youngest coach in Super League.

Lorded for his development of young players, no doubt having a big influence on the likes of Lewis Murphy, Applegarth is an exciting appointment which shows what the club will be all about moving forward – developing young British players.

Applegarth has now shown what he is all about taking on a fantastic fundraising challenge.

The new Wakefield boss, just weeks into his new job, will be abseiling down Wakefield Cathedral which has the tallest spire in Yorkshire. The event will take place on Saturday 1st October and will raise money for Wakefield Hospice, as the Trinity boss gives back to the community.

In a statement on Twitter, Wakefield said: “Mark Applegarth is taking part in the Wakefield Hospice Abseil Challenge on Sat 1st October, raising money for the hospice. Mark will be abseiling down Wakefield Cathedral which has the tallest spire in Yorkshire!”

You can donate to his Just Giving page here.