Ryan Richardson

As an integral part of the England Wheelchair Rugby League team, Ryan Richardson played a crucial role in their heroic World Cup campaign in France. The able-bodied Leeds Rhinos star took up the sport so that he could play alongside his brother and helped England to group wins against Wales and Australia, with the Wheelaroos also beaten 78-36 in the semi-final. That set up a mouth-watering clash against reigning world champions France who had thrashed England 71-31 in the group stages. Trailing by 2 points in the dying minutes, France scored a late try to snatch the title but England’s young squad will look back on the tournament with immense pride and ahead to 2021 with real optimism.