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Teammates' tributes to Wales international Danny Jones

Wales' rugby league stars have paid tribute to teammate Danny Jones, who has died at the age of 29 after collapsing during a game.

Ben Flower described him as "a great man and even better friend", while former international captain Lee Briers said Jones was "one of life's good guys."

Jones won 12 caps for Wales between 2010 and 2013, playing in the Rugby League World Cup.

Cougars statement on death of Danny Jones

Danny was much loved and highly respected by all at the club and in rugby league.

He was the life and soul in the dressing room, a natural leader, a true professional and irreplaceable.

He achieved over 1,000 points and 150 appearances for Keighley Cougars and he will be sorely missed. We are devastated.

He sadly passed away today at the age of 29 leaving his 5-month old twins, wife and family. Our hearts go out to Liz, his children and his family.

– Keighley Cougars


Game abandoned after serious injury to Keighley's Danny Jones

The Kingstone Press League One match between London Skolars and Keighley was abandoned after the Cougars' Welsh international Danny Jones sustained a serious injury.

Jones was hurt in the fourth minute and is thought to have collapsed Credit: Keighley Cougars

Jones was hurt in the fourth minute and is thought to have collapsed at the side of the pitch. The game, at the New River Stadium, was abandoned at half-time with Keighley leading 12-6.

A statement by the Rugby Football League read: "The RFL can confirm that Keighley Cougars player, Danny Jones, has been taken to hospital and is receiving treatment.

"The League 1 match between London Skolars and Keighley Cougars was abandoned. Our best wishes are with Danny and his family at this time."

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 3.10pm today to an address on White Hart Lane.

"We sent a number of resources including London's Air Ambulance and two ambulance crews to the scene.

"The patient - a man - was in cardiac arrest.

"Extensive efforts were made to resuscitate him and he was taken by road ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital, with the air ambulance on board."

Mantellato to miss KR's trip to Wigan

Hull KR have given goalkicking winger Josh Mantellato permission to miss Friday's Super League trip to Wigan in order to be best man at his brother's wedding in Australia.

Mantellato, an Italy international, has been a big success in his first season in Super League so far and is the leading points scorer but Rovers say they were made aware of the situation before he signed for them last November.

Mantellato, who scored 30 points in the Robins' Challenge Cup win over Bradford earlier this month, flew to Australia after last Saturday's game against Catalans and will be back in England on Sunday ready for the club's home game against Wakefield next Thursday

Tigers winger loaned out for confidence boost

Castleford have sent winger James Clare to League One club York to help him regain his lost confidence.

Tigers winger James Clare loaned out for confidence boost Credit: Press Association

Clare, who has appeared in seven of the Tigers' 12 Super League matches this season, has been dropped for the visit of Catalans Dragons on Sunday and will instead face Swinton in the third tier of the professional game.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "'Sticks didn't have his best game last week against Salford and I am just looking for him to build some confidence. York will give him a chance to play this week and that's important for him.

"I'd like James to work on his back field work, energy, fight and determination. If he fixes that up then he'll have a good opportunity at getting back in the side.

"James is the first player to go out on dual registration for us this season and the game time is needed."

Clare's place against the Dragons is set to go to Australian winger Denny Solomona, who has recovered from injury, while former Leeds prop Ryan Bailey is set to make his debut.

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