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Young rugby star's death was 'tragic accident'

An inquest has heard how a Huddersfield Giants academy player was killed by a catastrophic head injury after slipping moments before a tackle.

Ronan Costello

17-year-old Ronan Costello died in June, three days after the collision which took place during the first half of an under 19s rugby league game against Salford Red Devils.

Today the coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death and said it was an "unforeseeable and tragic accident"

In a statement issued through the Rugby League Benevolent Fund after the hearing, Ronan's family said: "The family are absolutely devastated by the passing of Ronan.

"He loved playing rugby league and was proud to play for Huddersfield Giants.

"The family acknowledge Ronan died as a result of a tragic tackle.

"They do not wish to apportion blame."