The RFL says Steve Prescott MBE was a true hero. He died earlier today at the age of 39 after a long illness. He was capped by both England and Ireland at international level and had successful spells with St Helens and Hull FC.
– RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood
"Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. The word 'hero' is overused in sport but Steve was just that: a role model for every young Rugby League player during his distinguished playing career and an absolute inspiration to all of us off the field. Throughout his long illness Steve was never anything other than dignified, noble and brave, not least during his fantastic charity work through the Steve Prescott Foundation which raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. He is going to be much missed.”