Saints legends lace up their boots for charity game at Wigan

Paul Sculthorpe will be turning out to support Joining Jack

Paul Sculthorpe will be turning out to support Joining Jack

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THREE former Saints captains will put old rivalries to one side when they line up along former Wigan stars to raise money for charity.

Sean Long, Chris Joynt and Paul Sculthorpe will be part of the Joining Jack legends team in a special exhibition match before Wigan’s Super League tie with Leeds on Friday, September 5.

Joining Jack was formed by ex-Wigan player Andy Johnson after his four-year-old son was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The condition causes muscles to weaken and waste over time leading to increased disability and shortened life expectancy.

Long made a handful of appearances for Wigan and Widnes before his move to Saints. During his career he won every domestic honour in the game including the Lance Todd Trophy for a record three times.

He said: “It’s going to be a bit of a strange experience running out at Wigan and having the fans cheer me for once... at least I hope they do cheer me.

“I’m delighted to be offered this chance and this is what rugby league is all about. It’s the greatest sport on earth because off the field we are all good mates and we’ll do anything to help each other out.”

Sculthorpe, the only man to win back to back Man of Steel awards, added: “It’s been a while since I laced up the boots but I do feel fit and ready to play. I still train most days and have kept myself in good shape since I finished playing in 2008.

“I’ve played for the Joining Jack legends before and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Another former Saints captain Chris Joynt amassed almost 400 appearances picking up numerous Super League and Challenge Cup winners medals during a distinguished career.

Chris, who was born in Wigan, said: “I suppose in a way this is a bit of a homecoming for me being a Wiganer. That said I’m so used to walking into the away changing room at the DW I’ll probably get lost.

“It’s great to be part of this team. The players we have already confirmed alongside Scully, Longy and myself shows that we really mean business.”

The ex-Saints trio will join Jason Robinson, Kris Radlinski, Mick Cassidy, Andy Johnson, Henry Paul and Gary Connolly who have already been confirmed as part of the squad.

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