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GB and Wakefield legend Fox dies

Don Fox after missing his kick in 1968
Fox was one of three rugby league playing brothers

Rugby league legend Don Fox has died after a long illness at the age of 73.

The former Great Britain scrum-half and loose forward passed away at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield with his family by his bedside on Thursday.

Fox, who comes from a famous rugby league family, played for Yorkshire sides Featherstone and Wakefield.

He will always be remembered for his last-gasp missed conversion attempt for Wakefield in the famous 1968 Challenge Cup final in the 11-10 defeat by Leeds.

Don lost his footing on the sodden turf in a match that should not really have been played but, with 87,000 fans inside the ground it had to be and the kick barely got off the ground.

The entire game of rugby league will mourn his loss

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood
The BBC's David Coleman asked him if winning the Lance Todd Trophy trophy as man of the match was any consolation.

"No, not really," he replied disconsolately.

Fox was one of three rugby playing brothers from Sharlston. Peter was formerly a coach at Featherstone Rovers, Bradford and Great Britain, and Neil holds the world record for most points scored in his career.

When he retired in 1971, Fox had made more than 500 appearances, accumulating 1,755 points, and played for his county.

He still holds the Featherstone try-scoring record of 162, and is third on the club's all-time goal-kicking list with 503 from 369 appearances.

He was a British Lions tourist in 1962 and was also capped for Great Britain against Australia in 1963.

Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood said: "On behalf of the RFL, I would like send a message of sincere condolence to Don Fox's family at this time. The entire game of rugby league will mourn his loss.

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"Don Fox was a tremendous player with great skill. As a Great Britain international and a Lions tourist and a Championship winner and a recipient of the Lance Todd Trophy, he achieved the highest accolades in the sport.

"He will be regarded as being among the greatest ever players to represent both the Featherstone and Wakefield clubs."

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