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Rugby league legend Mountford dies

20/07/2009 05:42:23 AM Comments (0)

Wigan and Warrington legend Ces Mountford has died at the age of 90, it was announced on Sunday.

Five-eighth Mountford made his name at Wigan, helping the club to two championship and two Challenge Cup successes after leaving his native New Zealand in 1946.

His man-of-the-match performance in the 1951 Challenge Cup final against Barrow saw him become the first Kiwi to win the Lance Todd Trophy.

He left Wigan later that year to begin a successful decade-long coaching career at Warrington, a period in which the club won seven major competitions, including a league and cup double in 1954.

He returned to New Zealand in 1961 and remained in the game as a coach or official for many years, having a spell in charge of the national team from 1979-82.

In a statement on their website, Wigan said Mountford was one of the club's finest ever overseas players.

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