Rugby stars pass on tips ahead of magic weekend

Widnes rugby league players at a drop-in event held at Cramlington Rockets.
Widnes rugby league players at a drop-in event held at Cramlington Rockets.

Rugby league stars dropped in to meet some of their fans ahead of a magic weekend in Newcastle.

Three players from Widnes Vikings visited Cramlington Rockets last week ahead of Super League’s Magic Weekend, held at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Ahead of opening the weekend with a tie against the Salford Red Devils, Eamon O’Carroll, Hep Cahill and Danny Tickle visited the local rugby club to assist in a training session to promote Super League’s big event and the sport of rugby league.

Local side Newcastle Thunder were also in attendance at Cramlington.

Vikings star Hep Cahill said: “It was great to get back up to Newcastle. There must have been 200 kids at Cramlington and they were all really excited about Magic Weekend.

“I think all of the Cramlington Rockets teams were there - from U9s to U16s, and they were all talking no-stop about the Magic Weekend games.”

The Vikings wore a special edition shirt for the game on Saturday, with all profits raised from the shirt going to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Cramlington Rockets chairman Jeff Ball said: “We have been really impressed with Widnes Vikings’ efforts to promote rugby league in the north east.”