The rugby league community is in mourning following the death of former Great Britain and Wigan hooker Terry Newton.
Newton, 31, was found hanged at his house in Orrell on Sunday afternoon, leaving a wife and two young children.
RFL chairman Richard Lewis was among the rugby league figures to pay tribute to Newton, as news of his death broke at the Championships Grand Finals day at Warrington.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Terry’s untimely death,” said Lewis. “This is a personal tragedy and our thoughts are with Terry’s partner, his children and his family at this terrible time.”
However, his career was cut short when he was handed a two-year ban last year after testing positive for human growth hormone (HGH), becoming the first professional sportsman to be found guilty of using the drug.
A tribute to the hooker is expected at the 2010 showpiece between his former club Wigan and St Helens at Old Trafford on Saturday.