England Community Lions coach Gary McMahon dies suddenly at European Championships – TotalRL.com | Rugby League Express

The RFL have confirmed the tragic news that Gary McMahon, a member of the Community Lions Under-19 team coaching staff who currently represent England at the European Championships in Italy, has died unexpectedly ‘a heart attack.

Gary was a popular and respected figure in the game who coached at Leigh Miners Rangers and previously Wigan St Judes.

Marc Lovering, RFL Director of Participation and Development, who is also in Italy with the team, said: “On behalf of the Lions community in Italy, the RFL and the sport, we send our deepest condolences to Gary’s family and many friends.

“It’s hard to fathom that we lost a man who was in his element on Saturday, working alongside our young Community Lions players on a wonderful Rugby League occasion.

“He has played a huge role in the development of the Community Lions program in recent years, while influencing many players at community clubs such as Leigh Miners Rangers and Wigan St Judes.

David Butler, European Rugby League Chief Executive and Tournament Director Italy, said: “We join the RFL in sending our condolences to Gary’s family and paying tribute to his contribution to our sport.

“We have also been working with the England Community Lions team to ensure they receive the support they need after such devastating news.”

The England squad are being supported by Rugby League Cares welfare director Steve McCormack, who is in Italy, while the Rugby League Benevolent Fund is supporting the family of Gary McMahon.

An announcement regarding the remaining fixtures scheduled in the European Championships will be made as soon as possible, although League Express understands they are likely to go ahead.

France, England, Wales and Ukraine have reached the semi-finals of the tournament, which takes place tomorrow (Tuesday).

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Charles P. Patton