Scully’s Royal appointment

Paul Sculthorpe receiving his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from the Prince of Wales at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Paul Sculthorpe receiving his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from the Prince of Wales at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

FORMER Saints and Great Britain star Paul Sculthorpe has been handed an MBE for his rugby league career and charity work.

Scully travelled to Buckingham Palace on Friday for the honour where officially made a member of the British Empire by Princes Charles.

The 35-year-old said: “It was a big honour to be recognised, not only for rugby league - which has already put me in the public eye - but for my charity work as well.

“It’s also really great for my family as they’ve supported me so much throughout my career.”

Sculthorpe, who has now retired from the game, is involved in both the Steve Prescott Foundation, which raises funds for the Rugby League Benevolent Fund, The Christie Charity and Joining Jack.

The charity raises money and awareness for former rugby league player Andy Johnson’s young son, Jack, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a muscle-wasting disease that currently has no cure.

Scully remains one of Great Britain and England’s most capped players, and has worked as a commercial manager for Saints since his retirement.

He made 325 Super League appearances for Warrington Wolves and St Helens during a career which also saw him become one of the few players to have scored 100 tries and 100 goals in Super League.

He was named Man of Steel in 2001 and 2002, the only back-to-back winner.