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Danny Jones funeral takes place in Halifax

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Media captionThe coffin is followed by Danny's Jones family

More than 1,000 people have attended the funeral of rugby league player Danny Jones.

The 29-year-old, who played for Keighley Cougars and Wales, died from a cardiac arrest triggered by hereditary heart disease.

He collapsed on the pitch during a match at London Skolars on 3 May and efforts to resuscitate him failed.

His widow, Lizzie, has asked people to wear rugby league shirts for the service at St Mary's Church, Halifax.

Mrs Jones said she wanted the service, which began at noon, to be a celebration of the player's life.

Image caption The service will also be shown on big screens for the crowds outside the church
Image caption Danny Jones' widow said she wanted the service to be a celebration of his life
Image caption Keighley's Danny Jones died after falling ill in a game against London Skolars

BBC Look North's Heidi Tomlinson said hundreds of fans gathered outside the church to watch the service on big screens.

A fundraising campaign set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to support the couple's five-month-old twins has so far raised £150,000.

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