Ex-Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity star Bill Ashurst leaves hospital

Former Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity star Bill Ashurst has left hospital.

The former utility man had been admitted into hospital following a stomach issue, with his daughter asking for people to send their well-wishes over Facebook.

However, over the weekend, Ashurst himself posted on Facebook, stating: “Thank you to all my friends and family for all your best wishes and prayers. After many tests for a tummy bleed, I can go home today.

“If not I must carry this tribulation called hospital food, wow give me Jim Mills anytime.

“Anyway, I am in high spirits and hope to be back in the company of friends soon.”

Ashurst, of course, is famous for being part of the Wigan side in the late 1960s and early 1970s, registering almost 500 points in 165 games.

A successful spell at Penrith Panthers soon followed with Ashurst – who could play at centre or second-row – registering another 46 appearances from 1974 to 1976.

A move back to the UK followed and it was back to where it all started – Wigan – before a seven-year spell at Wakefield Trinity came about.

He retired in 1984, but Ashurst hung up his playing boots for good after turning out for Runcorn Highfield as a player coach in 1988.

Throughout his career, the 74-year-old earned two caps for Lancashire and another three for Great Britain with Ashurst also coaching Wakefield and Runcorn.

Everyone at Serious About Rugby League passes on their well-wishes to Bill and his family.

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