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Ronan Costello: Rugby player's organs donated to five people

Ronan Costello Image copyright Huddersfield Giants
Image caption Ronan Costello died after being injured in an under-19s rugby league game

A rugby league player who died after being injured in a game has had his organs donated to five people, his family has revealed.

Huddersfield Giants player Ronan Costello, 17, died on 14 June, three days after being injured during an under-19s game against Salford.

Mr Costello's family said they were "comforted that he has gone on to help five other people live their lives and survive".

His funeral was held on Friday.

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A statement issued by the family said: "In accordance with Ronan's wishes, his family have made the heartfelt decision to donate some of his organs.

"Ronan was a loving and caring lad who was dedicated to his family and friends."

Huddersfield Giants head of youth, Andy Kelly, who is currently performing the role of head coach, said: "What a beautifully courageous act by one of the bravest, most dignified families I have the honour of knowing."

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