Former Newcastle United, Liverpool and Everton football legend Peter Beardsley has revealed that he loves watching rugby league.
The former England star, who now works as a football development manager at Newcastle United, believes that the sportsmanship shown by rugby league stars is a superb advert for the sport.
“It’s an amazing game,” he told Super League TV.
“I’m amazed how people walk off hugging each other and shaking hands, because they’re fighting, in terms of physically fighting, to win a game.
“It’s incredible, it really is, and I take my hat off to them, because they’re gentlemen at the end.
“Obviously they want to win, and I understand that. But at the end, the way they walk off together.
“At the Super League Grand Final – what happened at the start of that game you would have thought would have spoiled the game.
“But the way everybody walked off arm-in-arm is a credit to the sport.
“That’s why I love watching it.”