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Team Colostomy UK Rugby League


In 2018 we formed our own Rugby League side to prove that a stoma is no barrier to playing even -the toughest of contact sports and were amazed by the response.

Now in 2021 we’re back and we’d love you to be involved! We play a mixture of rules depending on our opponents, from full contact RL to Tag or touch, and we’re always looking for new players. Our games are equally suitable for both male and female players regardless of your ability or experience. We’re about fun, friendship and #TacklingTheStomaStigma, so Play, coach, support or something different. Please get in touch giovanni.cinque@colostomyuk.org 

We’ve had some great success so far with some household names from the sport of Rugby League supporting us including Josh Charnley, Paul Anderson, and Anthony Gelling.

You can read Paul Anderson’s story here 

Antony Gelling produced a fabulous video for us prior to our game at Chorley Panthers in June 2019 which you can watch here

We’ve also had some great media coverage and have featured in the following publications and programmes:

BBC News online, BBC Sport online, BBC 5 Live Rugby League podcast, The Guardian, Forty-20 Magazine, Proper sport, Kirklees TV, BBC Radio Lancashire, Rhubarb Radio, Howfen FM, Chorley Guardian, Lancashire Evening Post, Rugby League Express.


Find out all the latest news here

Read about our players experiences of playing for us here in our ‘Rugby League stories’ feature

Find out more about our 2018 and 2019 seasons here

Support us by buying our merchandise here



We’re hugely grateful to our Team of 2021 sponsors.

Gold sponsors – Securicare Medical https://www.securicaremedical.co.uk/

Silver sponsors -ConvaTec https://www.convatec.co.uk/

Bronze sponsors – Cheney Payroll services http://www.cheneypayrollservices.co.uk/

Shorts sponsors – Welland Medical https://wellandmedical.com/

Training  sponsors – Amcare Group  https://www.amcaregroup.co.uk/



Paul Anderson – Ex Great Britain, England, Leeds Rhinos , Halifax, Bradford Bulls & St Helens. Current England Knights and Warrington Academy head coach

Api Pewhairangi –  ex London Broncos & Ireland

Tom Kaye – Team Colostomy UK &  Leeds Rhinos PDRL

Kav Ellison – Team Colostomy UK & Chorley Panthers

John Flood – Team Colostomy UK

Graham Wells – Team Colostomy UK

If you would like to find out more about the team or are interested in playing contact Giovanni.cinque@colostomyuk.org or follow the team on twitter 



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