Appeal of Bell

Former Wigan ace Dean Bell is on the show

Last Updated: 27/06/12 9:48am

Rugby league players are known for their courage. But just how far would they go to help get their team out of a hole?

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Back in 1996, Dean Bell was coaching Leeds Rhinos, and by mid-season things weren't going well. Relegation was a real possibility and desperate measures were required. He looked at the team sheet and figured that he could perform better at centre than the man whose name was down to play.

So, despite not having played for the best part of a year, Bell put his own name on the sheet to play against Paris St Germain. They won, and Bell even scored a try, saying at the time: "We are a desperate team and we've got to do what we've got to do to survive".

What no-one knew - until now - was that Bell was playing just a couple of days after having undergone surgery. He'd forgotten about the vasectomy he had booked. But he played anyway, the memory clearly etched in his mind, for many reasons.

It's one of many revealing recollections from a career that began in the UK with Carlisle and took Bell to Wembley glory with Wigan on seven consecutive occasions.

In this week's Super League Super Men he talks about his time at Wigan, his international career, and the pride he felt on becoming the first captain of the Auckland (now New Zealand) Warriors in its inaugural 1995 season.

On Sam's Super Tries, Sam Tomkins talks to England squad-mate Danny Brough about a try he scored on a sweltering afternoon in Manchester. We don't go too far back for this one - it was scored against Salford during Magic Weekend this year. A great try it might have been but unfortunately for the Huddersfield Giants and for Danny it wasn't a winning one. But it added glamour to drama on a memorable day in May.