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Rugby league and rugby union teams to play for trophy
Friends and team-mates will honour a murdered student when the University of Bradford’s two rugby clubs play for a trophy in his memory.
The Tony Ho Memorial Cup will see the university’s rugby league and rugby union sides tackle each other in their annual cross-codes match.
Mr Ho, 19, played for both clubs while studying chemistry and forensic science at the university. He was murdered in January 2010 during a robbery at his student digs in Great Horton.
Sam Butterworth, sports and societies officer at the university, said: “It’s the first time the Tony Ho Memorial Cup has been played for. We have had a cup made.
“Tony played for both clubs and he was a big player for both teams. It is very rare thing for someone to play for both teams because they are very much different clubs. They have a big rivalry and are very much on their own.
“But he bucked the trend and had the respect of both sets of players.
”The incident hit these clubs particularly hard.”
Mr Butterworth said one of Mr Ho’s sports shirts was framed in a bar at the university, but that they wanted to do more to honour the talented sportsman.
“There has been that wait to have something to mark his memory,” said Mr Butterworth. “We have a framed sports shirt in our sports bar, but we wanted to do more.”
The Memorial Cup was a joint idea of the two clubs and the university’s Athletic Union, said Mr Butterworth, who added: “Tony played rugby to a very high level and he was incredibly studious. He was a top-level student here in chemistry.
“Tony was as integral to the clubs as he was to his study departments. He managed to put great effort into both his studies and his sport.”
The Tony Ho Memorial Cup match will take place on Friday, September 20, at Salem Rugby Club on Shay Lane, Heaton. Kick-off is at 7pm.
Mr Butterworth added: “We are doing it in Freshers’ Week to make it a bigger event.”