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11 December 2019 16:32

Natalie Harrowell Billy Elliot Jack Burns

Wakefield Trinity have said they are 'shocked and saddened' by the passing of Natalie Harrowell. Natalie, 29, was a recent addition to Wakefield Trinity, but also one of the longest-serving players at Featherstone Rovers Ladies Women's Super League team, winning the club's Woman of Steel award in 2019. Wakefield Trinity said that Natalie had been "devoted" to the role of Women and Girls Development Development Officer, where she helped to develop the sport of Rugby League for Women and Girls across the world. 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." Head of Foundation, Craig Shepherd, said: "We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Nat. In the short time she had been a part of our team she had befriended many people and had become a huge part of our future. "We can't stress enough that she was an outstanding member of the team and person.

She will be missed." 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. Get the biggest daily 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 Natalie Harrowell - an England rugby league star - has tragically died aged 29. The sporting star has passed away suddenly, according to a statement.

Harrowell won three England rugby league caps and her club Featherstone Rovers has been leading tributes with an emotional statement. Harrowell, a devoted Hull FC supporter who played for West Hull before moving to Featherstone, 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 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. "Our thoughts and condolences are with Natalie's young daughter Olivia and the rest of her family at this sad time." 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." Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said: "This is tragic news. "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 rugby league international Natalie Harrowell has died suddenly, aged 29.

Tributes to the Hull-born forward poured in after her club Featherstone Rovers released a statement confirming her death. She leaves behind a young daughter, Olivia. Harrowell made history in 2017 when she helped her side reach the first ever Women's Super League Grand Final. She also earned three caps on the international stage for England, which a spokesperson for Featherstone said she was "determined to add to" in the future. The 29-year-old also won the club's Woman of Steel award earlier this year, which honoured her impressive season with the Yorkshire team. "Natalie was one of the longest serving players within the women's side and a leader both on and off the field," read the club's official statement. Natalie Harrowell was a lifelong Hull FC supporter. (Getty Images) More Harrowell is remembered for her loyalty to Featherstone Rovers and her dedication to growing the women's game. She was also a lifelong supporter of her hometown club Hull FC. "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." The spokesperson for the club added: "As a player she was Featherstone through and through, turning down many opportunities to play at other clubs." Chief executive of Rugby Football League Ralph Rimmer also paid his respects to Harrowell: "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." Featured from our writers: