Death – Obituary News : RL Hall of Fame inductee David Watkins has passed away at his home in Wales after a long illness. He was mourned by his wife, Jane, family, and friends. RIP David.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of RL Hall of Fame inductee David Watkins, who passed away earlier today at his home in Wales after a long illness.
Our thoughts are with David’s wife, Jane, their family & friends at this side time.
RIP David pic.twitter.com/9z1ENIXzje
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RL Hall of Fame inductee, David Watkins, has passed away at the age of 80 after a long illness at his home in Wales. The rugby league world mourns the loss of this legendary player, whose contributions to the sport will forever be remembered.
Born in Wigan in 1942, Watkins had an illustrious career spanning over two decades. He began his professional rugby league journey with Salford in 1959, where he quickly became a standout player known for his exceptional skills and versatility. Watkins’ ability to excel in various positions on the field earned him the respect of his peers and fans alike.
In 1967, Watkins made a groundbreaking move to rugby union, joining the Welsh national team. His transition was seamless, and he became a key figure in the Welsh rugby union, earning numerous caps and leaving an indelible mark on the sport. Watkins later returned to rugby league, signing with the Widnes Vikings in 1973 and continuing to display his exceptional talent.
Recognizing his significant contributions, Watkins was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame, a testament to his exceptional skill, dedication, and impact on the game. His legacy will forever be remembered as an icon of both rugby league and rugby union, showcasing his versatility and extraordinary talent.
During this difficult time, our thoughts go out to David’s wife, Jane, their family, and friends. The rugby community mourns the loss of a true legend and sends its condolences to all those affected by this profound loss.
Rest in peace, David Watkins. Your memory will forever live on in the hearts of rugby league fans around the world..