David Mowat has joined calls for Sam Burgess to be included in the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Warrington South MP and Vice-President of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rugby League, David Mowat has joined calls for Sam Burgess to be included in the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Burgess was named Rugby League International Federation Player of the Year for 2014, the first Briton to win the award. He led Australian NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs to their first Grand Final victory in 43 years and was named Man of the Match despite fracturing his cheekbone in the opening minutes of the game.
David Mowat said:
“I’m dismayed that Sam Burgess has failed to make this year’s shortlist, despite having dominated one of the toughest rugby competitions (in either code) in the world. I suspect a lot of people in Warrington, who love the game, would have liked the opportunity to vote for him.
“Whilst rugby league has done well in the other award categories, sadly the BBC appears to continually ignore the sport when it comes to handing out the top gong. No rugby league player has ever made the final three and I can’t remember the last time a player was even nominated. Hundreds of thousands of people in the North of England enjoy rugby league and it is time that was recognised.”