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Rugby League Mourns 'hero' Prescott

Former rugby league international Steve Prescott has lost his seven-year battle with cancer at the age of 39.
Rugby League Mourns 'hero' Prescott
by AAP

LONDON, Nov 9 PA - Former rugby league international Steve Prescott has lost his seven-year battle with cancer at the age of 39.

The Rugby Football League announced that a minute's silence would be held at Saturday's World Cup matches involving England and Ireland - he represented both nations - in Hull and Limerick.

"It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of Steve Prescott. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time," RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said.

"The word 'hero' is over-used in sport but Steve was just that: a role model for every young rugby league player during his distinguished playing career and an absolute inspiration to all of us off the field."

Son of former St Helens forward Eric Prescott, Steve enjoyed a distinguished career as a full-back with St Helens, Hull Football Club and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, scoring two tries in Saints' 40-32 Challenge Cup final win over Bradford at Wembley in 1996.

After playing twice for England in 1996, Prescott switched his allegiance to Ireland in 1998 after qualifying under the grandparent rule and played for them in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

In September 2006, he was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei, a rare form of stomach cancer.

Despite being given just months to live, he battled on and set up the Steve Prescott Foundation to raise money to fight the disease and for the RFL's official charity.

He leaves widow Linzi and two sons.




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