North Wales Crusaders will make a final appearance on the pitch in 2012, in a testimonial match against Swinton on December 29th at Leigh Sports Village.
The testimonial is in aid of Ian Watson, the Welsh star who played at Scrum-half/Halfback, or Hooker. He is currently a player/assistant coach for Swinton in the Championship. He previously played for Salford City Reds, Widnes Vikings, Rochdale Hornets, Oldham Roughyeds, Leigh Centurions and the Wales national rugby league team.
Ian Watson holds the record for having won the most caps for Wales. Having made his debut against the USA in Philadelphia in 1995, he made 30 appearances for his country, scoring 7 tries and kicking one goal. He played at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.His final appearance for Wales came during the 2011 Four Nations tournament against New Zealand, and he announced his international retirement shortly after.