James Simpson

When James Simpson had his legs blown off during an Army patrol in Afghanistan eight years ago, he refused to let the life-changing injury break his spirit. Now he’s one of the stars of the England wheelchair rugby league side that so narrowly missed out on World Cup glory in France in the summer. After returning to his home city of Leeds, the former Lance Corporal in the 1st Battalion – The Yorkshire Regiment, hooked up with the Leeds Rhinos wheelchair team for a couple of training sessions and was soon a regular in the side. After the undoubted disappointment of coming so close to snatching the world title, Simpson and England won’t be down for long as their focus now turns to retaining their Four Nations crown.