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New Zealand youngsters perform haka in tribute to Huddersfield Giants starlet Ronan Costello

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A video showing group of New Zealand school performing the haka in honour of a Huddersfield Giants Academy player who suffered fatal injuries in a game has gone viral online.

Ronan Costello, who was 17, died from head injuries he sustained in a game against Salford Reds.

The video of the youngsters performing the traditional Maori war dance has been seen more than 90,000 times after being posted by the Rugby League Fan Club group on Facebook.

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Giant commitment from Lawrence

Huddersfield centre or second rower Michael Lawrence has committed himself to his home-town club by signing a contract extension that will keep him with the Giants until the end of the 2019 season.

Michael Lawrence has signed on until 2019 Credit: Press Association

The versatile 25-year-old one-club man is just four appearances away from bringing up 200 in the top flight after coming through Huddersfield's academy.

"I had no hesitation in staying at the club when the offer came and for some it can be a worrying time if you are out of contract at the end of the season but thankfully I've no such worries and can keep working towards our goal of bringing silverware to the club."

I have always been happy here and like to think I've played my part in pushing us up towards the top end of the competition.

– Michael Lawrence

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson said: "He is a fine player and a very good professional.

"He has been a virtual fixture in the side ever since I have been here and rightly so, as he is a very consistent, hard-working player and exactly the type every coach would want in the squad which is why it's great he's committed to staying here longer term."

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