Women's Sports: Natalie Harrowell, England international rugby league player, dies aged 29

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Natalie Harrowell, Featherstone Rovers and England international has died at the age of 29.

Harrowell won Featherstone’s Woman Of Steel award for 2019 and was one of the club’s longest-serving players. She won three caps for her country whilst helping her club side reach the Women’s Super League Grand Final in 2017. 

Harrowell was passionate about getting young girls into rugby and worked with Wakefield Trinity as a development coach to help player recruitment for their women’s side.

“Natalie was very passionate about women's rugby league and growing the sport, especially getting more young girls involved.

“She represented England with huge pride and was determined to add to her three international caps in the future.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Natalie's young daughter Olivia and the rest of her family at this sad time,” a club statement from Featherstone Rovers said.

This is tragic news," Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said.

"I know all involved in rugby league will join me in sending their deepest sympathy to Natalie's family, friends and team-mates.

"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."

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