Hundreds gather in Halifax for the funeral of rugby league player Danny Jones

Picture shows the coffin of Keighley Cougars rugby player Daniel Jones who died of a cardiac arrest being carried into St Mary's Church in Halifax.'Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry
Picture shows the coffin of Keighley Cougars rugby player Daniel Jones who died of a cardiac arrest being carried into St Mary's Church in Halifax.'Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry
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More than 1,000 people have attended the funeral of rugby league player Danny Jones.

The 29-year-old, who played for Keighley Cougars and Wales, died from a cardiac arrest triggered by hereditary heart disease.

He collapsed on the pitch during a match at London Skolars on 3 May and efforts to resuscitate him failed.

His widow, Lizzie, has asked people to wear rugby league shirts for the service at St Mary’s Church, Halifax.

Mrs Jones said she wanted the service, which began at noon, to be a celebration of the player’s life.

A fundraising campaign set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to support the couple’s five-month-old twins has so far raised £150,000.