Rugby League rivals have stripped off to rally local runners for the Sport Relief Mile.
Stars from the Leeds Rhinos and the Castleford Tigers have bared all in a bid to get more people to sing up for the Mile events in their home towns.
Rhinos prop Kylie Leaulai and outside back Kallum Watkins posed in the cold to get the people of Leeds to enter the Leeds Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, March 25 and support the Rugby Football League’s partnership with Sport Relief.
And Castleford stand off Rangi Chase and winger Nick Youngquest also braved the elements to get people in Castleford involved in their town’s event on the same day.
Thousands are expected to do one, three or six miles around Leeds city centre and in Castleford for this year’s event.
Sides playing in the Stobart Super League have agreed to dedicate Round Eight of this year’s competition to Sport Relief, which means every game will be played with an official Sport Relief ball and players from the 14 participating clubs will be wearing Sport Relief socks.
Kallum Watkins said: “I’m not in the habit of taking my clothes off but I’m making an exception for Sport Relief. I’ve played some really fierce rugby and have been involved in some really tough tackles, but nothing compares with the terror of bearing all in the buff! Still, Kylie and I have really enjoyed today and hope that we can encourage everyone from Leeds to take part in the Leeds Mile on Sunday March 25 and the Super League themed round later in the month.”
This year, over one million people are expected to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile across the country.
The money raised will support people living in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries. Enter the Leeds Mile, or one of dozens of Mile events happening across West Yorkshire, at www.sportrelief.com.
The Rhinos are also planning to either shave or dye their hair red ahead of their Grand Final rematch against St Helens.
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