By Simon Johnson, Chair of the Rugby Football League
On behalf of the RFL and the whole Rugby League family, I express our deepest and most sincere condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The whole sport is in deep mourning at this extremely sad news.
Rugby League was honoured to have her as our Patron until 2016, and throughout her long reign, Her Majesty’s sense of duty and commitment, her spirit and wisdom has been an example to all of us.
We give grateful thanks for Her Majesty’s constant and positive influence on our communities over many generations.
We send our deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences to the Royal Family including the RFL Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
Our clubs and players at all levels will display their respect to Her Majesty wherever Rugby League is played in the coming days.