England’s Eorl Crabtree and New Zealand’s Robbie Hunter-Paul will be guest speakers at the Rugby League Business Network’s Test Series Reception in Parliament on Friday 6 November.
The reception is taking place on the House of Commons Terrace overlooking the river Thames on the eve of the second Test Match, the first visit to the UK capital since New Zealand defeated England in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup with a last-minute converted try.
Now regular pundits on the BBC, the former Giants’ teammates will again join forces to discuss the series and give their thoughts and insight as international players.
Crabtree is a giant in two senses. A prop, he stands 6’5” (196cm) tall and has been a mainstay of the Huddersfield Giant’s squad since 2001; amassing over 400 games for the Claret and Golds.
Hunter-Paul began his playing career with Waitakere City before moving to the UK to play for Bradford Bulls, Huddersfield Giants, Salford City Reds and Leigh Centurions. He played 27 times for New Zealand and is now CEO of Bradford Bulls.
The Rugby League Business Network is not-for-profit and is free to join. It has 1,200 members worldwide and encourages members to support one another professionally. The Test Series reception will bring together members and their guests at the Grade One World Heritage listed venue and provide a relaxed atmosphere to share drinks, meet one another and hear stories from two of the game’s most charismatic players.
Making the announcement, the network’s director Mark Ramsdale said “I’m delighted the guys can join us and give us their insight and commentary the night before the second Test Match. They’ve played alongside and against each other and know what it’s like to be in the England and New Zealand dressing rooms. They know each other well and I’m looking forward to a fun night and hearing their thoughts on what will be a crucial game.”
Eorl Crabtree said “I’m honoured to play and talk rugby league. It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak to people about the sport and to do so in such an iconic venue is tremendous. I would encourage as many people as possible to come along, if only to see how short Robbie is.”
5’10” Hunter-Paul said “I’m looking forward to what will be a great night ahead of an important game for the Kiwis. I’m always exited for Test Match rugby league in the UK and this will be a fantastic way to start the international weekend in the capital. I’m looking forward to standing alongside the big man, but I am worried he’ll steal my best lines for the BBC!”