THE RFL has sent its congratulations to Paul Sculthorpe after the former St Helens and Great Britain captain was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

The 35-year-old has received his MBE in recognition of his achievements as a Rugby League player and his unstinting charitable work.

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.

“Throughout his career with Warrington, St Helens, England and Great Britain, Paul was the consummate professional and a role model who helped inspire thousands of youngsters to play Rugby League.

“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.”