Paul Sculthorpe has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his achievements as a rugby league player and his charitable work.
Since retiring in 2008, he has been heavily involved with the Steve Prescott Foundation, and has now been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: “On behalf of the whole Rugby League family, I would like to congratulate Paul on this richly-deserved accolade.
“He has continued to be an outstanding ambassador for the sport through his development work in the North West and his work with UK Anti-Doping in their 100%ME campaign.
“In recent years Paul has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for charities including the Rugby League Benevolent Fund through his involvement with the Steve Prescott Foundation.
“I am delighted that Paul’s efforts, his achievements and the values which he represents have been recognised in this way.”