Rugby league is in mourning following the death of Featherstone Rovers Women’s player Natalie Harrowell.
Harrowell, 29, was one of the club’s longest-serving players and had also represented England earlier in her career.
She was also influential in the growth of the women’s game, having recently taken up a development role at Wakefield Trinity.
In a statement on the Rugby League website, RFL Chief Executive Ralph Rimmer said: “This is tragic news, and I know all involved in Rugby League will join me in sending their deepest sympathy to Natalie’s family, friends and team-mates.
“She was part of a group of players who made history when Featherstone played Bradford in the first Women’s Super League Grand Final in 2017, and the three England caps she earned during an era of huge progress for Women’s Rugby League are an indication of the respect in which she was held by team-mates and opponents alike.”
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Serious About RL are with Natalie’s family at this sad time.