Rugby league star dies abruptly aged 21 as his father pens heartbreaking message | Rugby | Sport

Welsh rugby league has been rocked by the information that Gabriel Holt has tragically died on the age of 21. Holt, who represented Wigan St Patricks and the College of Central Lancashire, received three caps for Wales College students final yr and had been chosen on this yr’s squad for the upcoming 4 Nations match.


After information of his sudden demise was confirmed, a sea of tributes poured in for the teen. Gabriel’s dad, Chris Holt, wrote on Fb, writing: “These feedback. They bring about a tear to my eye. Gabe was a little bit of a journeyman, beginning at Atherton Dragons when he was 5 years previous.

“Keep in mind once we all needed to stand in horizontal sleet. Within the winter. Or brush the snow off the pitch earlier than they may play? Aye. We should’ve been crackers, however they liked rolling in frozen puddles & trying just like the creature from the black lagoon on the ultimate whistle…

“After Dragons folded he did a stint at Leigh East & Folly Lane earlier than lastly discovering his ceaselessly dwelling at Pat’s. He was ever so proud to play for a membership with such a popularity & crew spirit – ‘kick one among us, kick all of us!’ & each Monday was merely the beginning of the countdown to recreation day, fortunately then in hotter (ish!) situations for us mardy dad and mom.

“Even after leaving for UCLAN the place he liked taking part in, the educational season allowed him to return to Pat’s & play when he might, in his final match scoring a attempt to degree the scores towards the tough Leigh Miners earlier than Pat’s prevailed by 2 factors. He was champing on the bit to return as soon as he obtained over his knee damage, particularly after being chosen to characterize Wales for the second yr of asking within the pupil 4 nations.

“Sadly it wasn’t to be. We’re ceaselessly indebted to Wigan St Patricks who confirmed him what ‘crew’ meant. Everybody has their position. Everybody has one another’s again. Everyone seems to be included. No questions requested. The very best recreation on the earth. And he liked each second of it, dislocated limbs included.”

Wales College students head coach Craig Fisher penned a tribute too, posting: “Misplaced for phrases is considerably of an understatement. No phrases will ever have the ability to articulate what an distinctive human being you had been.”

“You had been a pacesetter, a team-mate, a champion however most of all a good friend to everybody you met. I really feel privileged to have identified you and to have coached you. I understand how proud you had been to put on the purple of Wales and had been itching to tear into the 2024 4 Nations.

“As heart-wrenching as it is going to be that you just received’t be with us in individual to go to struggle with us, we are going to take consolation in figuring out that our Angel Gabriel might be with us each step of the best way. God Pace younger man. Eternally your coach.”

Wigan St Patricks additionally posted: “The membership are heartbroken to be taught of the passing of Gabriel Holt. A present open age participant who has progressed via our junior part beginning at u13s. Gabe was liked all through the membership and particularly along with his choice for Wales RL college students over the previous couple of years.”

They added: “Sending like to Chris, Michelle, Aaron, Dominica, Will and Frankie. From all of us at Wigan St Patricks RIP Gabe. By no means Forgotten.”

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