Rugby League confirms death of former Halifax player Danny Jones after heart attack during match

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Former Halifax Rugby League player Danny Jones has died after suffering a heart attack during a match.

Danny was hurt in the fourth minute and is thought to have collapsed at the side of the pitch.

The game, between London Skolars and Keighley at the New River Stadium, was abandoned at half-time with Keighley leading 12-6.

The news was announced by Keighley Cougars with a statement on their Twitter account, which read: “Danny was much loved and respected by all the club and in rugby league.

“He was the life and soul in the dressing room, a natural leader, a true professional and irreplaceable.

“He achieved over 1000 points and 150 appearances for Keighley Cougars and he will be sorely missed. We are devastated.

“He sadly passed away today at the age of 29 leaving his five-month-old twins.

“Our hearts go out to Liz, his children and his family.”

The London ambulance service were called to the stadium at 3.10pm this afternoon.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said extensive efforts were made to resuscitate him and he was taken to the Royal Free Hospital, where he passed away.

Tributes have poured in following the announcement of the news.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “It is always devastating when someone so young dies in these circumstances.

“Danny was a popular and talented Rugby League player, having played at the highest level with the Wales National team and playing over 12 seasons for Keighley Cougars and Halifax.

“The Rugby League community will mourn his loss and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Danny’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.

“The family, friends and team mates of Danny are currently and will continue to be supported by the RFL Benevolent Fund and Sporting Chance.

“We would ask that the privacy of the Jones family, players and Keighley Cougars staff be respected.”

Wales Rugby League also sent their condolences to Danny’s loved ones.

Twenty-nine-year-old Danny Jones joined the Cougars in 2010 having previously played for Halifax. He was also a former Ovenden Juniors player.

He was a member of Wales’ 2013 squad for the World Cup and played in their pool game against the Cook Islands.