Adam Watene’s widow Moana has thanked the RFL Benevolent Fund for its support following the tragic death of the Wakefield star who collapsed and died suddenly in October 2008 following a training session.

The RFL Benevolent Fund met with the family within a week of the tragedy occurring and paid for the repatriation of Adam’s body along with the transport costs of his immediate family back to New Zealand.

Moana said: “The Rugby League Benevolent Fund were fantastic in their response and I want to publicly acknowledge the work they do behind the scenes.

“On behalf of Adam’s family we want to express our support and thanks for their work and contribution to the family in the most difficult of circumstances.

“If appropriate, I would like to assist in the Benevolent Fund’s work in the future.”

The RFL Benevolent Fund has been recognised as being among a number of charities which give the highest percentage of its income towards its charitable aims.

These include support and assistance to those unfortunate enough to be severely injured playing the sport of Rugby League.

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Tim Adams, Chairman of the RFL Benevolent Fund, said: “We hope to have a continuing relationship with Moana and her young family.

“We were simply responding to this very tragic case in a compassionate and practical manner.”