Castleford head coach Ian Millward granted compassionate leave

Ian Millward

Castleford Tigers have granted head coach Ian Millward compassionate leave after the sudden death of his 19-year-old son.

Millward was returning to England after Friday's game with Catalan Dragons when he was told the news.

"The club is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Robbie Millward," an official statement read.

"Robbie was taken ill at his home on Sunday morning and was rushed to Bolton Hospital where he died in the evening."

The Millward family have released the following statement:

"On behalf of all our family, we would like to thank everybody for their kind messages of support, especially the Rugby League family from both the UK and Australia.

"The messages have been of comfort in this time of great sadness.

"Robbie was a healthy young boy, who died from a condition called sudden adult death syndrome, which comprises of a massive heart attack.

"The sudden nature of his death is making it even harder for us to deal with.

"Instead of flowers, we ask any well-wishers to donate to the British Heart Foundation."

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