Featherstone Rovers have announced the tragic death of Natalie Harrowell at the age of 29.
Harrowell was one of the longest serving players within the club’s women’s side and was a leader both on and off the field. She represented England on the international stage and was the 2019 Featherstone Rovers Ladies Women of Steel.
The second-rower was Featherstone through and through, turning down many opportunities to play at other clubs. She was very passionate about Women’s Rugby League and growing the sport and getting more young girls involved in the sport through her role at Wakefield Trinity.
Featherstone Rovers were devastated to learn of the passing of Natalie, who was also a devoted Hull FC supporter.
Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, added: “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.
“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.”
Everyone at Totalrl.com, League Express and Rugby League World send our thoughts and condolences to Natalie’s family, friends and team mates at this sad time.