Referee Chris Leatherbarrow passes away

The RFL have confirmed that referee Chris Leatherbarrow has died, at the tragically young age of 26.

Leatherbarrow leaves a wife and infant daughter behind, with the details of his passing yet to be confirmed.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, said: “We are all truly shocked and saddened by the news of Chris Leatherbarrow’s untimely death.

“This is a dreadful tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’ family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time.”

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