May 15th, 2019

Welsh wizards Ellis and Bateman to play for PDRL side


Warrington Wolves legends Kevin Ellis and Allan Bateman will line-up for the club’s PDRL side as our able-bodied players at Magic Weekend next Saturday at Anfield.

The Wire and Rhinos will play a special exhibition game to showcase PDRL at half time in the Betfred Super League game between Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants (4:30pm KO).

Channel 4’s The Last Legstar Adam Hills will once again feature for Warrington with his co-host Alex Brooker lining up for Leeds.

Ellis and Bateman follow in the footsteps of a number of club legends to have lined up for our PDRL side which includes the likes of Andrew Johns, Matt King, Toa Kohe-Love and Lee Briers.

Each PDRL side is allowed two able-bodied players who cannot kick, tackle or score but facilitate the play.

Both Ellis and Bateman made their debuts off the substitutes bench in the same match – a 26-9 win over Rochdale Hornets at Wilderspool on 7th October 1990.

Bateman – Heritage Number 902 – made 142 appearances in the primrose and blue scoring 52 tries. He was a Welsh centre famous for his excellent defence.  He made three Great Britain appearances.

Ellis – Heritage Number 903 – turned out for the Wire on 123 occasions scoring 35 tries as well as slotting over three drop-goals. Ellis was a feisty Welsh-born scrum-half, he made one appearance for Great Britain and went on the 1992 Great Britain Tour.

Both played in the 1991 Regal Trophy winning team that defeated Bradford Northern 12-2 at Headingley.

You can catch the PDRL lads in action at Magic Weekend next Saturday 25 May.

Tickets are available from the official club store, by calling 01925 248888 or online. Members receive 50% off tickets to the showpiece event.

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