Former Great Britain and Wigan stand-off Dave Bolton passes away, aged 83

Stephen Holgate played for Wigan in the 1998 Grand Final
Former Wigan and Great Britain stand-off Dave Bolton has died in Australia at the age of 83.

Bolton scored 127 tries in 300 appearances for hometown club Wigan from 1954-64 before joining Balmain Tigers, where he was a member of their 1969 Premiership-winning team.

He won eight caps for Great Britain from 1958-63 and also helped Balmain to a victory over the Lions in 1966.

After ending his career, Bolton stayed in Australia and coached Parramatta from 1973-74 before becoming assistant to Tim Sheens at Penrith in the mid-1980s.

Bolton was inducted into the Balmain Tigers’ Hall of Fame in 2005.

A statement from his old club Wests Tigers read: “The thoughts of all at Wests Tigers are with Dave’s family at this time.”

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