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Teenage rugby player dies after being injured during match

Ronan Costello Credit: Huddersfield Giants

The family of a rugby league player who died while playing against Salford Red Devils have spoken of their devastation following his death from injuries suffered during a game.

Huddersfield Giants Academy centre Ronan Costello, 17, was left in a critical condition following the incident in the match against Salford at the weekend.

''We are absolutely devastated to lose Ronan so tragically and suddenly. Ronan was a loving and caring 17-year-old lad who was dedicated to his family and friends. He was a credit to all of his family and we are so proud of him and his achievements.

He was passionate about rugby and rugby was a big part of his life. We acknowledge that this was a tragic accident. As a family, we wish to extend our appreciation to Leeds General Infirmary’s neuro intensive care unit for their dedication, respect and efforts in caring for Ronan and to The Giants, especially Andy and Richard who have been a great support to us all during such a difficult time. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us but we now need some privacy and time to grieve.

We are all truly heartbroken and Ronan will be missed and forever in our hearts."

– Family statement

In a statement, Salford Red Devils said their thoughts were with Ronan's family, friends and team-mates.

The players, staff and fans of Salford Red Devils wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Huddersfield Giants Academy player Ronan Costello who passed away today after being injured in the Under 19s game against us on Saturday.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and team-mates at this tragic time.

– Salford Red Devils


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