Sunday night primetime TV viewers may have seen Rory Kinnear, grandson of Wigan legend Roy Kinnear, starring alongside Billie Piper in the recent ITV production of Jane Austen's 'Mansfield Park'. Kinnear played Mr Rushworth in the big-budget period drama after a series of high profile performances on stage in London's West End. Rory is now starring at the National Theatre.
Kinnear's grandfather moved from Heriot's FP to Wigan in 1926 after winning three caps for Scotland RU and went on to become the first Scot to be capped by Great Britain at both codes. He also played for League internationals for Other Nationalities.
Rory kindly presented the Roy Kinnear Award for Scotland RL Student Player of the year to Celtic Crusaders' David Simm last year (see attached picture). This year's winner is James Morrow, currently starring for Leeds Met University and in the National Conference League.
Roy Kinnear Award - Scotland Students Player of the Year 2006 JAMES MORROW - Leeds Met University Selected by: Phil Slaney and Al Stewart
Previous winners: 2004 Andy McPhail - Napier University 2005 David Simm - Napier University