Sunday, 07 February 2016

Missed my date with Coro girls

TALENTED TRIO: Michelle Keegan (right) and Helen Flanagan, (centre) pose with ex-Coronation Street cast mate Lucy Jo-Hudson

IT was the most important issue in rugby league last week. Not former Great Britain forward Terry Newton failing a drugs test, nor the second big winter wipe-out of Northern Rail Cup fixtures, not even Wigan’s magnificent comeback against Warrington.

No, the issue that needs to be discussed at the highest levels of the game was why Steve McCormack and myself were not invited to the launch of the Championship and given the chance to ogle, sorry, meet, three beautiful young members of the Coronation Street cast?

Actually, I was invited, but work commitments prevented me attending, which makes it all the more galling that this was the first time the RFL rolled out the celebrities in an attempt to boost the profile of the game and gain the Championship some much-need publicity.

The glamorous figures of Michelle Keegan, Helen Flanagan and Lucy-Jo Hudson were in attendance for this particular launch, no doubt to the joy and delight of my rugby league colleagues.

Previously, the most bedazzling person at these launches has been Karl Harrison. And I mean no offence to the Batley boss, but all those years of playing rugby mean he’s not quite as easy on the eye as this enchanting trio!

But, instead of having the chance to work my charms on these delectable ladies (and, considering the court costs for restraining orders these days, it might be for the best) I was sat at my computer next to a colleague who probably spends as much time as these girls getting ready in the morning, but doesn’t look as good for it.

If I was left out by circumstances beyond my control, Steve was just plain not asked to go.

For the first time at a pre-season launch for any of the competitions, it was just a player from each club and not the coaches.

A deliberate snub said the Barrow boss – where was the reward for all the hard yards he’s put in down the years being interviewed by bearded blokes from the Independent?

He came to the conclusion it was just too dangerous to let the coaches loose in such an environment, but is going to the next launch whether he is invited or not.

There’s good news and bad news for Steve there. The good news, another star of Coro has been lined up to model for the launch. The bad news, it’s Jack Duckworth.

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