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Rugby star given housing estate honour

Rugby legend Neil Fox MBE said he is thrilled, after an entire housing estate was named after him.

The Taylor Wimpey housing estate, built in the area where Mr Fox grew up and worked, has been named Foxfield Park.

The former Wakefield Trinity player has unveiled two show homes at the estate in the New Sharlston area of Wakefield.

Mr Fox, 72, said: “I’m over the moon to have been part of what is proving to be a great development in an area that I love so much.

“I have lots of fond memories of Sharlston and only moved out when I married Molly 50 years ago.”

The 58-home estate is on the site of a former colliery where Mr Fox worked before his sporting career took off. He also attended the Sharlston village school and used to play sport on the fields in the area as a child.

The sporting hero has been honoured in Wakefield in the past: a street, Fox Way, has been named after him as well as an Arriva Yorkshire bus.

Mr Fox was also awarded the Freedom of the City in April last year. The Freedom of the City is the highest honour Wakefield Council can bestow upon an individual or organisation.

The rugby star signed for Wakefield Trinity in 1955 at the age of 16, and played his last game for the club on March 10, 1974.

The Foxfield Park estate will consist of two, three and four bedroom homes.

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