Danny Jones: Rugby player's widow Lizzie Jones performs emotional rendition of 'Abide With Me' at Wembley Stadium

Danny Jones' club described the player as 'the life and soul of the dressing room'

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The widow of Danny Jones received a standing ovation after an emotional rendition of "Abide With Me" for the Ladbroke’s Challenge Cup final.

Lizzie Jones, who is a professional singer, sang the traditional pre-match hymn as images of herself, Danny and their two eight-month-old twins were shared across the screens at Wembley Stadium.

Danny Jones collapsed four minutes into a game for Keighley against London Skolars in May. It was later found that the 29-year-old had an undetected hereditary heart condition.

His club described him as "the life and soul of the dressing room" and "a natural leader".

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Jones played 153 games for Keighley, scoring 33 tries and kicking 444 goals and seven drop-goals. He had a season back at Halifax in 2011, finishing with 54 appearances, 17 tries, 132 goals and two drop-goals.

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Danny Jones was in the Wales squad for the 2013 World Cup

Since his death, a fund set up to support his family has raised over £230,000.

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