The RFL Board of Directors wishes to thank all Rugby League supporters for the compassion and generosity they have displayed following the tragic death of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones last weekend.

At their meeting earlier today, the Board discussed the moving way in which the sport had come together to support Danny’s family, including a fund-raising campaign that has so far receive donations of over £80,000.

RFL Chairman Brian Barwick said: “I have been involved in Rugby League now for the past three years and during that time have often been impressed, and indeed moved, by how the sport and its followers look out for each other, especially in times of need.

“This week that special kindness and concern has been seen in abundance as the sport has put a collective arm around the family and friends of Danny Jones, who died so tragically last Sunday.

“Over the coming weekend, the whole Rugby League community will show their respect at games the length and breadth of the country and add to the incredible sums that have already been raised throughout the sport to help his wife Lizzie and her family.

“My high regard for the sport of Rugby League is only surpassed by my respect for those who follow it with such a genuine generosity of spirit.

“Our thoughts go out to Lizzie and her family and friends at this difficult time.”

To make a donation to the Just Giving page set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund please visit www.justgiving.com/dannyjones29