Millward on leave after son, 19, dies of heart attack
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
The Castleford coach, Ian Millward, is on compassionate leave after the death of his 19-year-old son. Robbie Millward suffered a heart attack at his home in Leigh on Sunday morning. He died in hospital in Bolton that night.
"Robbie was a healthy young boy who died from a condition called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, which comprises a massive heart attack," said his father in a statement. "The sudden nature of his death is making it even harder to come to terms with."
Millward's assistant, Stuart Donlan, will take charge of the Tigers' next game, at home to Wigan on Sunday. Millward, who has coached Leigh twice, St Helens and Wigan, was appointed as Cas coach last year and was with his squad on the way home from a defeat at the Catalan Dragons when he was told the tragic news. The Rugby Football League has extended its condolences.
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