Former Leigh star killed in road crash

Dana Wilson in his Leigh playing days

Dana Wilson in his Leigh playing days

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Leigh rugby star who was killed in a car crash at the weekend.

Cook Island international Dana Wilson died in the early hours of Sunday morning in Burtonwood, Warrington.

The 28-year-old prop was a key member of Swinton Lions’ promotion-winning team in Co-operative Championship 1 this year.

Dana, who lived with his wife Kirsten and three children in Newton-le-Willows, was born in Auckland but had played in England for the last six years, including a spell at Leigh Centurions between 2006 and 2007.

One of his most memorable moments for Leigh came in the 2006 Northern Rail Cup final victory over Hull KR at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool.

Former Leigh teammate and current assistant coach at the Centurions Paul Rowley paid tribute to the “gentle giant”.

He said: “Dana was a fantastic bloke and anyone who knew him only had nice things to say about him. You couldn’t help but be close to him, he was one of the most friendly people you could wish to meet. I am absolutely gutted. We were actually talking about bringing him back here next season as a replacement for Chris Hill.”