A former rugby international who defrauded a KFC restaurant and a Tesco Express store while forearmed with a machete has been to imprisonment for four years.
Malcolm Alker, who represented for Salford City Reds, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and carrying a bladed instrument at Bolton Crown Court.
The onetime hustler, 39, played over 350 activities for the rugby league place between 1997 and 2010 and earned two England caps.
Alker, of Rathern Avenue, Higher Ince in Wigan, was also a instruct at the club.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Alker and his co-defendant Michael Naylor had robbed the two organizations on 31 October 2017.