Featherstone Rovers have announced that women’s player Natalie Harrowell has passed away, aged 29.
She was one of the longest serving players within the women’s side, and represented England on three occasions.
Harrowell was named Featherstone’s Woman of Steel for 2019, and had been helping to get more young girls involved in the sport through her role at Wakefield Trinity.
On the tragic news, RFL Chief Executive Ralph Rimmer said: “This is tragic news, and I know all involved in Rugby League will join me in sending their deepest sympathy to Natalie’s family, friends and team-mates.
“She was part of a group of players who made history when Featherstone played Bradford in the first Women’s Super League Grand Final in 2017, and the three England caps she earned during an era of huge progress for Women’s Rugby League are an indication of the respect in which she was held by team-mates and opponents alike.”