Wembley Statue Nominee: Gus Risman

Former St Helens and Great Britain lock forward Paul Sculthorpe talks about why he believes Gus Risman should be immortalised with a statue at Wembley Stadium. Risman was involved in Rugby League for 27 seasons and he steered unfancied Workington Town to victory in the Championship in 1951 and to a famous Challenge Cup victory at Wembley in 1952, becoming the oldest ever Cup winner at the age of 41.

During a career with Salford, Workington and Batley, he established career records which place him second in terms of all-time appearances with 873, third in terms of points scored with 4,052 and fifth in terms of goals kicked with 1,678.

On Thursday 23 August the RFL Board will officially announce which of a six strong short list - Billy Boston, Eric Ashton, Martin Offiah, Gus Risman, Alex Murphy, or a group representation - will be immortalised outside Wembley. You can give the RFL your views by sending an e-mail to wembley.statue@rfl.uk.com.

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