Scully v Johnny: The rematch

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He may be famous for his vigorous exploits on the rugby pitch but Saints legend Paul Sculthorpe is gearing up for a rather more sedate sport this month.

The former Saints and England skipper, who now serves as new business manager at Langtree Park, is set to take part in a crown green bowling match for the Steve Prescott Foundation.

And if you thought the choice of sport was a strange one, wait til you here who he will be facing... comedian Johnny Vegas.

The pair will lock horns once again for the charity after Paul beat Johnny at table tennis earlier this year.

And he’s hoping he can come out on top again.

“I certainly fancy my chances,” laughed Paul.

“We’ve done a few things for the charity in the past with the ping pong match and I have the upper hand so I don’t want to give that up.

“He came up with crown green bowls so I’ll have to make sure I’m on my game. He always performs a little better with a Guinness inside of him!

“I have played bowls before though. We did it a few times as a-team building exercise and also on Chris Joynt’s testimonial so I think I’ve got a good shot.”

It is a slightly more sedate challenge than Scully’s previous challenge, six back-to-back marathons through the Sahara desert.

The match will take place on June 21 at Ruskin Drive Sports Ground in St Helens in a charity fun day.

There will be entertainment throughout the day from noon, including a kids disco, bouncy castles and a raffle.

A number of rugby stars will also be there with a bowling competition open to others.

Paul added: “It should be a great day, hopefully we’ll get the weather too and the turnout will be high.

“It’s a fantastic charity which I’m really passionate about. Pete Emmett is the MC too and he always gives me a bit of stick!”

For more information, see @StevePrescott1 on Twitter.