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Dana Wilson: Swinton Lions rugby league player dies in crash

Dana Wilson
Image caption Wilson helped Swinton Lions win their first trophy in more than 20 years

A professional rugby league player from Salford has died after his car was involved in a crash in Warrington.

Dana Wilson, 28, who played for Swinton Lions, died following the crash on Fareshaw Lane, Burtonwood, early on Sunday morning.

Wilson moved to the UK from his native New Zealand in 2005 and played for Oldham, Leigh and Halifax before joining Swinton.

The club said his death had rocked it "to its foundations".

The team had picked up the Championship One trophy on Saturday.

Chairman John Kidd said: "The club is in deep shock at this devastating news.

"Dana was a great personality who has made a massive contribution to the success the club has achieved this season.

"He was a big character both on and off the pitch and our sympathy goes out to his family both here and in New Zealand."

Wilson represented New Zealand at Under-16 and Under-18 level before switching allegiance to the Cook Islands, where his parents were born, and for whom he played in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

He lived with his wife Kirsten and three children in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.

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