Rovers icon Millward passes away

Rugby League Hall of Famer Roger Millward has passed away, aged 68.

Millward, who will be most fondly remembered for his time at Hull Kingston Rovers, made 46 international appearances and scored over 2,000 career points.

He joined Rovers from Castleford in 1966 and went on to make 406 appearances for the Robins, with his last first team appearance seeing him lift the Challenge Cup as KR defeated fierce rivals Hull FC in the 1980 final.

Millward then coached the Robins for eleven seasons, winning six more trophies and becoming the most successful coach in the club’s history.

His efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he was awarded an MBE in 1983 and inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2000.

Hull Kingston Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell said: “This is a tragic day for everybody associated with the club and everybody who considers themselves to be a rugby league supporter.

“Roger’s achievements as a player and coach and the way he conducted himself on and off the field made him a hugely respected figure amongst fans of all clubs, whilst there is no doubt he will go down in history as Hull KR’s greatest ever player, coach and captain.

“At his peak, he was a player blessed with exceptional skills, outstanding leadership qualities and genuine bravery. He was also a true gentlemen of the game who remained closely connected to the club in his later years.”