Rugby league community remembers Terry Newton two years after his death

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THE rugby league community is today remembering former Wakefield Wildcat Terry Newton, who committed suicide at his home in Wigan two years ago to the day.

Newton, who also played for Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls as well as internationally for Great Britain and England, was found dead in his Orrell home six months after being given a two-year ban from rugby league for a positive drugs test.

The former hooker was just two games into a two-year deal with Wakefield before the club cancelled his contract in light of becoming the first British sportsman to be caught using human growth hormone.

Newton, aged 31, was in talks with the Rugby Football League (RFL) before his death about getting involved with speaking to youngsters about the dangers on drugs following his ban.

His death brought the launch of State of Mind, a joint initiative by the RFL, fans and NHS experts set up with the aim of improving the mental health, wellbeing and working life of rugby league players and communities.

You can visit the State of Mind website by clicking here.

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