Des Drummond: Rugby league mourns death of former UK international winger | Rugby League News


Des Drummond won 24 caps for Great Britain and lifted the Rugby League Championship trophy with Leigh in 1982; he also captained Warrington to Regal Trophy glory in 1991; the winger’s death at age was announced on Saturday and tributes poured in from across rugby league

Last Updated: 01/30/22 12:16pm

Des Drummond, pictured lifting the Regal Trophy with Warrington in 1991, has died aged 63

Rugby league has paid tribute to former Britain winger Des Drummond, who died aged 63.

Jamaican-born Drummond made a name for himself at Leigh, earning a contract with the club after he and his parents followed his brother Alva to England.

He made 280 appearances for Leigh and won the title with them in 1982, earning his place in club folklore and, after a short spell in Australia playing for Western Suburbs, later moved to Warrington from where he had a equally impressive impact between 1987 and 1992. .

The RFL led tributes to Drummond, saying the 24-cap Lion was: “A player whose brilliance, athleticism and personality transcended the sport”.

Leigh’s former club sent their condolences to her family and friends, with chairman Mike Latham writing a personal tribute to her on the Centurions website reflecting her impact on and off the pitch.

“Leigh Centurions is devastated to learn of the passing of Des Drummond at the age of 63 and sends its sincere condolences to his family and friends at this incredibly sad time,” Latham said.

“Des was a true rugby league superstar and one of Leigh’s all-time great sporting heroes. He lit up the rugby pitch with his explosive skills and off the pitch was a humble and caring individual who never perhaps never realized what a hero he was to so many.

“Des lit up our lives and right now it feels like a light has just been extinguished. He will be remembered with the greatest respect and the stories of his career will be passed down from generation to generation. He was truly one of the greatest greats. But above all, a lovely person.”

Drummond would also go on to become an all-time great at Warrington, captaining the side and winning the Regal Trophy against Bradford Northern in 1991.

“The club is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Des Drummond player,” said Warrington, who kept quiet for Drummond ahead of their pre-season friendly with Wigan Warriors on Saturday.

Drummond also caused a stir outside of rugby league, finishing second in the BBC’s ‘Superstars’ series and posting a 100m time that would have qualified him for the 1984 Olympics.

Cross-code great Jonathan Davies described Drummond as “one hell of a competitor and a top guy”, with other former clubs including Barrow Raiders and Workington Town also paying tribute to him.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Des Drummond,” said Barrow, with whom Drummond ended his career in 1997. “Des graced our ranks in the late 90s and throughout his career has was a great player.”

The Cumbria Workington club, which Drummond represented from 1992 to 1995 and helped win the Division Championship at Old Trafford in 1994, added: “Our deepest condolences to the family and many friends of Des Drummond, who passed away.

“It was a joy to see you flying on the wing at Derwent Park. Rest in peace marra.”


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