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10 December 2019 22:32

Natalie Harrowell

Natalie Harrowell dead aged 29: England international rugby league star passes away

Get the biggest Rugby stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Featherstone Rovers and England international rugby league forward Natalie Harrowell has died suddenly, aged 29. Hull-born Harrowell, a devoted Hull FC supporter who played for West Hull before moving to Featherstone, had won three caps for England. She was a key member of the Rovers side which reached the inaugural Women's Super League Grand Final in 2017 and won their Woman of Steel award in 2019 after another impressive season. Featherstone Rovers confirmed the news of her sad passing in a statement on Tuesday. "Featherstone Rovers are devastated to learn of the passing of player Natalie Harrowell, aged 29," the statement read.

"Natalie was one of the longest serving players within the women's side and a leader both on and off the field. She represented England on the international stage and was the 2019 Featherstone Rovers Ladies Women of Steel. "Natalie was Featherstone through and through, turning down many opportunities to play at other clubs. She was very passionate about Women's Rugby League and growing the sport and getting more young girls involved in the sport through her role at Wakefield Trinity. (Image: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com) A club spokesperson told the Hull Daily Mail that Harrowell "represented England with huge pride, and was determined to add to her three international caps in the future." They added: "Natalie remained a devoted Hull FC supporter, but as a player she was Featherstone through and through, turning down many opportunities to play at other clubs." Featherstone Rovers are mourning the death of England international Natalie Harrowell.

The 29-year-old won three caps for her country and was a key member of the Featherstone side that reached the 2017 Women's Super League Grand Final, where they were beaten by Bradford. A statement from Rovers said: "Natalie, 29, was one of the longest-serving players in the team, and a leader both on and off the field, winning the club's Woman of Steel award in 2019. "Natalie remained a devoted Hull FC supporter, but as a player she was Featherstone through and through, turning down many opportunities to play at other clubs. "She was very passionate about Women's Rugby League and growing the sport, especially getting more young girls involved having recently taken on a development role at Wakefield Trinity. "Our thoughts and condolences are with Natalie's young daughter Olivia and the rest of her family at this sad time." Tributes have been paid to England and Featherstone Rovers forward Natalie Harrowell, who has died at the age of 29.

Harrowell, who helped guide Featherstone to the 2017 Grand Final, won the club's Woman of Steel award this season. An avid fan of the game, Harrowell also performed a development role at Wakefield Trinity to encourage more girls to get involved in rugby league. A joint statement issued by Featherstone and the Rugby Football League read: "Our thoughts and condolences are with Natalie's young daughter Olivia and the rest of her family at this sad time." Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the RFL, added: "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." ENGLAND international rugby league forward Natalie Harrowell has died, aged 29. Harrowell, who played for Featherstone and helped them to the 2017 Grand Final, won the club's Woman of Steel award this season.

1 England international rugby league forward Natalie Harrowell has died, aged 29 Credit: Featherstone Rovers She worked in a development role at Wakefield Trinity, encouraging more girls to get involved in playing rugby league. Featherstone confirmed the news of Harrowell's passing in a statement online. It read: "Featherstone Rovers are devastated to learn of the passing of Natalie Harrowell, a key member of the club's Women's team. "Our thoughts and condolences are with Natalie's young daughter Olivia and the rest of her family at this sad time." FEATHERSTONE Rovers are left devastated by the tragic death of women's player Natalie Harrowell, aged 29. Our thoughts and condolences are with Natalie's family at this sad time pic.twitter.com/aFoTgE4QU7 — Featherstone Rovers (@FevRovers) December 10, 2019 Most read in sport AXEL BLOW Dortmund ace Witsel put in intensive care after freak facial injury needing op 2020 VISION How Utd could line up with all of their Jan transfer targets including Haaland Video 'HYPOCRITE' AJ blasted after he criticised Fury for same hit-and-move he used against Ruiz RIP JIM Tributes pour in for former Portsmouth and Derby boss Jim Smith who dies aged 79 Gossip DOUBLE TROUBLE Man Utd make Haaland and Maddison No1 January targets as Ole looks to spend Pictured BLOOMIN' HECK Mass brawl breaks out at races as girl batters man with flowers in Sydney ERL-LAND ROAD Haaland dreams of firing Leeds to Premier League glory after being born there 'WHAT A MAN' Joshua's trainer stays in shadows and refused to celebrate after Andy Ruiz win Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said: "This is tragic news.

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." Featherstone Rovers say they have been left are devastated by the death of Natalie Harrowell, a key member of the club's Women's team. Natalie, 29, was one of the longest-serving players in the team, and a leader both on and off the field, winning the club's Woman of Steel award in 2019. She represented England with huge pride, and was determined to add to her three international caps in the future. Natalie remained a devoted Hull FC supporter, but as a player the club said she was 'Featherstone through and through',and that she had turned down many opportunities to play at other clubs. They also said she was very passionate about Women's Rugby League and growing the sport, especially getting more young girls involved having recently taken on a development role at Wakefield Trinity. In a statement the club said: "Our thoughts and condolences are with Natalie's young daughter Olivia and the rest of her family at this sad time." Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, added: "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."