Rugby league meets Love Island

James Gordon

Former Great Britain and Leeds centre Keith Senior has been showing the rugby league ropes to Love Island star Chris Hughes ahead of a Wembley date.

The pair will both represent The Movember Foundation in the Half Time Challenge at the Challenge Cup final on Saturday August 25.

It consists of a pass, tackle and kick challenge on the pitch – and Super League legend Senior has been assigned as Hughes’ coach.

Hughes, who starred in the 2017 edition of the popular TV series, said: “It’s an honour to be heading onto the pitch at Wembley for the Half Time Challenge on behalf of Movember because a few people in my family, including me, have experienced health scares in the past with testicular cancer. Movember provides support and encourages men to get checked in order to live for longer.”

The ManVan Roadshow is a collaboration between the Movember Foundation and Rugby League Cares, who have teamed up to convert a 38-foot road home into a travelling men’s health initiative.

It will offer rugby fans the chance to get involved in fun, interesting activities on board, all designed to get men engaging with their health, including opportunities to get advice on actions men should take to help to detect prostate & testicular cancer, recognizing early symptoms, and an area where men can learn how to have a conversation about mental health.

Fans will also have the chance to take a selfie in the Trophy Room amongst some amazing Rugby League heritage, receive a cut or shave from a top-notch barber and try their luck at the Wheel of Fortune and Buzzwire MoGame.

The ManVan will be at the BBC in Salford on Monday August 20 at the start of the Rugby League Cares charity bike ride from Manchester to Wembley.

It will also be present at the three autumn test matches between England and New Zealand at Hull (October 27), Liverpool (November 3) and Leeds (November 11).