England Lions representative Logan Holgate passes away at the age of 18

18-year-old rugby league Logan Holgate has sadly passed away.

The Hensingham ARL player’s passing has shocked and saddened the rugby league community with the likes of Swinton and Whitehaven paying tribute to the young man.

Salford Red Devils have also paid tribute:

The talented hooker, who played with distinction for Hensingham, including in the melting pot of the National Conference last season, followed the family tradition in represent the Lions, hot on the heels of big brother Ellison and younger brother Fletcher.

Logan first caught attention in 2021 and made his Lions debut for the Under 16s in a victory over Wales at Colwyn Bay. Such was his burgeoning club form, that it wasn’t long before he was firmly in the plans of the Under 19s selectors, firstly impressing in trials, before making the final touring squad that created history in Italy last September.

Whilst in Italy, he was a virtual ever present during the exhausting six game qualifying day, impressing team mates and staff alike with his work ethic, infectious attitude and quick humour. He then played superbly in the Semi Final and again in the Final as the Lions swept aside Wales before defeating France to win the Under 19 European Championships for the first time in dramatic and emotional scenes.

The RFL issued the following tribute:

“Everyone connected with the England Community Lions Programme was saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Logan Holgate on Wednesday 11th January.

“He leaves a lasting legacy on the programme and staff – a brilliant young man and team mate.

“All our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this devastating time.”

Serious About Rugby League echoes these comments.

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