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Double Amputee Named Rugby League World Cup Ambassador

England wheelchair rugby star and former infantryman James Simpson says it's a "huge opportunity"...

A former soldier and double leg amputee has been named as a Rugby League World Cup ambassador.

England wheelchair rugby star James Simpson visited Catterick, North Yorkshire, for the official announcement today.

James, who served 10 years in the Army, shared his story of tragedy, recovery and personal success with soldiers.

He was injured during Operation Herrick 11, in Afghanistan, and was in rehabilitation for a few years at Headley Court.

England wheelchair rugby star James Simpson

After leaving the Army, James started playing wheelchair rugby to keep active.

He's been very successful at the sport and will represent England in 2021. He said:

"This is a huge opportunity and a huge honour, to do what I've done for the last six years and really push it out there and help promote the sport and promote 2021."

For the first time, the tournament will feature men's, women’s and wheelchair games running alongside each other, making it the most inclusive yet.