Teammates ride for Dana

Leigh v Halifax 27/04/08'Halifax's Dana Wilson is tackled by Gareth Price and Dave McConnell.'Picture by Maurice Jones 01204 410696
Leigh v Halifax 27/04/08'Halifax's Dana Wilson is tackled by Gareth Price and Dave McConnell.'Picture by Maurice Jones 01204 410696

PROFESSIONAL rugby league players will set off from Halifax tomorrow on a 67-mile bike ride in memory of a former teammate.

Prop forward Dana Wilson, 28, a Cook Islands international died on September 4 in a car crash in Warrington.

He used to play for Halifax and the sponsored ride will also take in his former clubs, Oldham, Leigh and Swinton and all proceeds will go to the Dana Wilson Foundation Trust.

The players’ - representing his former clubs - will then continue onto Warrington for the Co-operative Championships Grand Finals day at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Dana moved to the UK from his native New Zealand in 2005 and this year had a successful season with Swinton, with the team winning the Championship One trophy.

He lived with his wife Kirsten and three children in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.

Swinton chairman John Kidd said the tragedy had rocked the club to its foundations.

“He was a big character on and off the pitch and our sympathy goes out to his family her and in New Zealand.”

Dana represented New Zealand at U-16 and U-18 levels before switching allegiance to the Cook Islands where his parents were born and for whom he played in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.