THE coffin of Keighley Cougars rugby player Danny Jones was draped in his team’s colours today as more than 1,000 people turned out to pay their respects.
Crowds of people gathered at St. Mary’s Church, Halifax, as the 29-year-old’s coffin, wrapped in the Cougars’ team flag, was carried into church by pallbearers wearing the team’s home shirt.
His widow Lizzie and the couple’s twin five-month-old babies Bobby and Phoebe followed behind.
Many fans managed to make their way inside the church but a large number of fans, wearing rugby league shirts from a number of different teams - as requested by Lizzie - watched the service outside the church on a large screen.
Danny collapsed in the opening minutes of the Wildcats match against London Skolars on May 3.
Despite attempts to resuscitate the Welsh international, medical staff failed to revive him.
A campaign to help support Danny’s family following his death has raised £150,000.