Featherstone Rovers have been rocked with the news that Natalie Harrowell has passed away at the age of 29.

Harrowell was one of the longest serving players on the women’s team at Featherstone and she was well respected one and off the field.

She was named the 2019 Featherstone Rovers Ladies Woman of Steel, and she also represented England at international level.

Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “This is tragic news, and I know all involved in Rugby League will join me in sending their deepest sympathy to Natalie’s family, friends and team-mates.

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“She was part of a group of players who made history when Featherstone played Bradford in the first Women’s Super League Grand Final in 2017, and the three England caps she earned during an era of huge progress for Women’s Rugby League are an indication of the respect in which she was held by team-mates and opponents alike.”