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4 Forty-20 January 2013

The Chronicle relationship with software security company Kaspersky to be known as the Kaspersky Sea Eagles until 2015.

Not surprisingly, social media websites went bonkers, with former Manly captain Paul Vautin saying it must be “a gee-up”. To their credit, the Sea Eagles back-pedalled faster than Bradley Wiggins in reverse. “The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles’ official title will remain unchanged,” the club clarified, swiftly. “There’s no intention to subvert our proud history. We apologise for any confusion.”

Not all online readers had been against the move, however. “Maybe if they change their name to Kaspersky they won’t be hated so much,” wrote ‘Manly Hater of Brisbane’.

RLWC2013 is to back The Reading Agency’s ‘Six Book Challenge’. Leeds Rhinos and England player Jamie Jones-Buchanan will spearhead an initiative that plans to put specially branded materials into libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons.

Organisations will have the opportunity to bid for their events to feature the RL World Cup trophy and involve international players based in the UK. “I didn’t really start reading until I was about 25 years old,” said Jones-Buchanan. “My biggest starting point was Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. My message to rugby league fans thinking of signing up for the ‘Six Book Challenge’ would be give it a go.” Facebook: /rugbyleagueworldcup

Matchday and hospitality tickets for 2013’s Pcubed RL Varsity Match are on sale via the www.rlvarsity.com website. The match, staged at the Honourable Artillery Company [HAC] in the heart of the City of London on Friday 8 March, will see the light and dark blue teams face each other for the 33rd time. Cambridge currently tip the balance by a single victory,

Back to One

1. Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin has welcomed Super League’s decision not to follow the NRL and ban the shoulder charge

2. For a “proper old school Sunday roast with crackling”, celeb chef Jamie Oliver recommends that shoulders of pork should be in the oven for six hours

MBE: Messrs Sculthorpe and Prescott with one draw. But Oxford has won five of the last six.

Matchday tickets are available at £12.50 online or £15 on the day. A special programme and matchday ticket are included in the hospitality package of three course lunch before the game, special guest speaker and silent auction of memorabilia.

Magazines always try to predict likely shooting stars at this time of year. Our tip is RFL man Blake Solly.

Ale drinkers at Keighley’s Cougar Park had plenty to cheer on Boxing Day. Local brewery Naylor’s produced Cougar Brew - a Bitter With Bite.

Along with the inevitable lump of coal and a satsuma, we got a lovely book in our Christmas stocking. No OffSwitchis the hugely entertaining autobiography of ex-Radio 1 deejay turned ‘world music’ buff turned war correspondent Andy Kershaw.

From memories of presenting LiveAid, to dissing Bob Geldof and housewive’s favourite Simon Bates, to chilling reports from North Korea, Haiti and Rwanda, it’s a rivetting, hilarious and recommended read.

What, though, does any of that have to do with rugby league? Well, while it’s true that Kershaw is into motorbikes rather than play-the-balls, the Rochdale truth teller, it turns out, has a late grandad called Nat, who played for Hornets in the 1920s. “I liked going to Hornets games with my dad [Nat’s son] and we were as close then as we ever were,” he writes.

There’s also a lovely little cameo from Kershaw’s days as Ents secretary at Leeds University in the 1980s. His sister, Liz, aka ‘our Elizabeth’, also set to be a Radio 1 deejay, formed what would nowadays be known as a girl band, Dawn Chorus and the Bluetits, with friends April Showers (Lindsay Burrows) and May Bank-Holiday (a certain Carol Vorderman). Young Andy dated both before the latter returned to the allures of “some rugby-playing specimen” and “rugby union at that! We remained pals, despite this clear lack of judgement.”

Featured in last month’s Forty-20 (back issues still available - eds), Howard of Effingham’s Year 7 team crowned an incredible year as ‘Young Sports Team of the Year’ at the 2012 Surrey Sports Awards. Top marks!

The consistently astonishing Steve Prescott Foundation [SPF] which supports The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester and Try Assist, the Rugby League Benevolent Fund, raised a mighty £100,000 in 2012.

While there is consternation at the loss of £10million of Sport England funding after league failed to meet its participation targets, one area that is thriving is Masters RL, with 50 festivals held across the country last year. Masters is a social version of the sport for players aged over 35. The most important rule is that everyone has to buy a drink for their opposite number.

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3. OliverTwist, the second novel by Charles Dickens, is also known as The

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6. Sean O’Loughlin last month entered hospital for a hernia operation that is not expected to impact on Wigan’s start to the season

5. Salford City Reds boss Phil Veivers learned of his club’s lurch towards administration while hospitalised with a hernia

4. Current Manly assistant boss Matt Parish, right, coached crisis club Salford for just six games between July-November 2011

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