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Keighley Cougars to take on Welsh side in memory of Danny Jones

A charity game will take place later today between Keighley Cougars and the Welsh international rugby league side, in memory of Danny Jones.

Danny Jones died from a suspected heart attack in May Credit: ITV News

29-year-old Danny died while playing for the Cougars against London Skolars in May of this year.

Jones represented Wales 12 times and the game, kicking off at Cougar Park at 3pm, will raise money for the trust fund for his twins, who were born shortly before his death.

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Widdop to kick off Danny Jones charity game

Halifax born NRL and England international star, Gareth Widdop has officially confirmed that he will be kicking off the upcoming game, in aid of the Danny Jones Fund.

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Having both grown up in Halifax, played Rugby League for King Cross Park and gone on to play internationally, the two have a lot in common. Not just on paper, but a personal connection, too. When Widdop descovered Danny had passed away, he posted on Social Media, showing his respects: "Devastated to wake up to the news about Danny Jones thoughts are with the family at this sad time #ripbud".

29-year-old Danny died of a rare heart condition after collapsing while playing for the Keighley Cougars in May.

Danny Jones' widow Wembley challenge

The widow of tragic Keighley Cougars star Danny Jones faces the challenge of her life at next weekend's Challenge Cup final.

Lizzie Jones will be singing Abide with Me at rugby League's showpiece event at Wembley on Bank Holiday Saturday

She's doing it for her husband Danny, who collapsed and died during a Keighley Cougars match. Sally Simpson was invited along to a rehearsal.

Widow of Keighley Cougars player welcomes expansion of cardiac screening programme

The wife of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones, Lizzie Jones has welcomed the news that cardiac screening is to become compulsory in all three of Rugby League’s professional and semi-professional competitions. Danny Jones collapsed and died from heart failure triggered by an undetected heart defect whilst playing for Keighley against London Skolars in May.

Lizzie Jones with twins Bobby and Phoebe at the RFL AGM

I would like to congratulate all the Championship and League 1 clubs on their decision to conduct cardiac screening with their players. Anything the game can do to minimise the chance of another family experiencing what we have gone through has to be welcomed. I would also like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone involved in Rugby League for the support they have given to me, my twins and my family: we couldn’t have got through this without you all. We are enormously grateful for everything you have done for us, it’s been overwhelming. The support of the Rugby League family has given us the strength to rebuild our lives without Danny.

– Lizzie Jones

Cardiac screening has been compulsory for all Super League players since 2012 while Championship and League 1 clubs have been advised to regard the procedure as “best practice.” However following consultation with clubs at their recent competition meetings, the RFL is now making screening mandatory for all Championship and League 1 clubs from 2016. The Just Giving page set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to help Lizzie Jones and her family has already received donations of over £222,000.

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Danny Jones: Funeral to be held for late Rugby League star

The funeral will take place today of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones.

Almost £150,000 has been raised in Danny Jones' memory

The 29-year-old died of a rare heart condition after collapsing while playing for the Cougars in London in early May.

Almost £150,000 has been raised by the Rugby League Benevolent Fund for a trust fund for his baby twins since his death.

The Wales international's will be held at St Mary's Church in Halifax.

The wake will follow at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC in Halifax, which his widow, Lizzie, hopes will be a celebration of his life:

We want people to come in their rugby jerseys and wear bright colours to remember his wonderful fun personality.

– Lizzie Jones