Event rakes in £3k for Ropati

RUGBY fans have raised £3,350 to help injured Featherstone Rovers’ player Tangi Ropati.

Loyal supporters of the rugby league club walked from Halifax to Rovers’ Post Office Road ground last weekend to raise cash for the out-of-action winger.

The 26-mile hike was organised by Paul Gibbins who dons the Blue Beard mascot suit for the Featherstone team.

Craig Poskitt, Rovers’ chief executive, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement, it just shows the community spirit that goes on here.

“A sponsored walk is the quickest and easiest thing to organise and there were about 20 people taking part. The dedication of people here is second to none.”

Fans started their walk at 6am in Halifax and arrived in time for the kick-off to the Championship game between Rovers and Halifax on Sunday afternoon.

A cheque for the Tangi Ropati Support Fund was presented at half-time.

Rovers launched a fundraising appeal after 26-year-old Ropati suffered a broken jaw during the club’s Challenge Cup victory over Castleford last month.

The Samoan international – who underwent an operation to have three steel plates and 13 pins inserted into his jaw – faces a huge loss of income as his work permit states he can only earn money through his employment with Rovers.

Donations by cheque, payable to Tangi Ropati Support Fund, can be made at HSBC on Ropergate, Pontefract, quoting sort code 40-37-04 and account number 51460587.