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Charity rugby match remembers Leon Walker

Churwell Chiefs took on Dewsbury Celtic in the Leon Walker memorial match.

Churwell Chiefs took on Dewsbury Celtic in the Leon Walker memorial match.

A battle on the rugby pitch took place to raise money for charity and also remember a popular and rising star of the rugby world.

Churwell Chiefs took on Dewsbury Celtic on Wednesday in a game in memory of Leon Walker, the up and coming rugby league star who was just 20 when he collapsed and died in 2009 during a game while playing for Wakefield Wildcats.

Organisers of the match, which was held in Meanwood on Wednesday night, didn’t let the wet weather get in the way of raising money in Leon’s name for The British Heart Foundation.

Craig Rodgers, 26, said: “Both teams were really enthusiastic about the game and really wanted to play in Leon’s memory while also raising money for the British Heart Foundation. Myself and Aiden Sykes organised it because Leon was a great guy and he loved rugby league, as we do.

“It was a great event for a great cause and was fully supported by the Walker family.”

Churwell Chiefs donated the Leon Walker Memorial Trophy to the game, which it is hoped will now become an annual event.

 

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