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.
Whitehaven Rugby League are devastated to hear of the tragic passing of Logan Holgate
Director Ashley Kilpatrick spoke saying “Upon hearing this heartbreaking and terrible news I can only offer my heartfelt condolences to Ellison, fletcher and family aswell as Hensingham
— Whitehaven Rugby League (@OfficialHavenRl) January 11, 2023
At Swinton Lions we are deeply shocked to learn of the sudden passing away of Logan Holgate. Aged only 18, Logan was a member of Allan Coleman’s young England Lions Community team that recently won the European Championship in Italy. pic.twitter.com/bRj0ORun5K
— Swinton Lions RLFC (@Swinton_Lions) January 11, 2023
Salford Red Devils also paid tribute:
Everyone at Salford Red Devils are saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Logan Holgate.
Logan played for our U18s pathway alongside @hensingham_arl and was set to move up to the reserve team this season.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at such a sad time. pic.twitter.com/cjk0otIT6I
— Salford Red Devils 👹 (@SalfordDevils) January 11, 2023
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.”
Now Sam Tomkins has come up with an amazing gesture of support for the family of Holgate.
He is auctioning off his training kit from the World Cup and tickets to any Catalans Dragons fixtures to raise money for his family.
I am auctioning my WC training kit to raise funds for the family of Logan Holgate.
Included will be tickets to any Catalan game and my match worn shirt signed by the players 🏉
Please place bids in the comments under this post, bidding ends 3rd Feb@hensingham_arl pic.twitter.com/zkUWBDrUkt
— sam tomkins (@samtomkins1) January 26, 2023