Rugby league legend Des Drummond passes away at the age of 63

Great Britain and England international Des Drummond has today passed away at the age of 63.

The winger began his career at Leigh in 1976 playing over 250 games for the club and scored 26 tries the last time Leigh were crowned Champions in the 1981-82 season endearing himself to the club forever having also played in their Lancashire Cup Final triumph over Widnes in 1981.

Having played for the Western Suburbs in Australia in 1986, he joined Warrington in 1987 making over 150 appearances in the Primrose and Blue again racking up the tries. He would then play for the likes of Workington Town and Barrow retiring in 1997 after an over a two-decade long career in which he played for Great Britain over 20 times picking up his first cap at the age of just 24.

Well known outside of the rugby league world for competing on in the televised all-round sports competition Superstars and breaking the competition record for 100m with a time of 10.85 seconds, he finished as the competition’s runner up in 1983.

Born in Jamaica, he had a hand in their national team touring with the likes of Omari Caro and the rest of the Jamaican squad to America in 2011.

In response to the sad and upsetting news of his death, Warrington will hold a minute’s silence before their friendly with Wigan for Stefan Ratchford’s testimonial this evening.

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