Lizzie Jones, the widow of ex Halifax RLFC star Danny Jones, has announced that she will sing the national anthems ahead of the final test match between England and New Zealand this weekend.
A professional singer, she also sang before the Challenge Cup final at Wembley where the heartwarming image of her embracing the couple’s baby twins Bobby and Phoebe after the song was beamed around the world on television.
The match on Saturday will be the third and final match between the two teams. The series is currently tied at one apiece following New Zealand’s 9-2 win at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Danny died from undiagnosed hereditary heart disease after collapsing during a match against London Skolars, leaving behind Lizzie and their twins Bobby and Phoebe, who are now eight months old.
Since then Rugby League fans, players, administrators and the wider public have donated over £230,000 to a trust fund set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to secure the futures of Danny and Lizzie’s children.
Lizzie, from Northowram, currently combines her role as a mum with coaching aspiring young singers and teaching audition techniques, and has previously sung professionally at theatres across the country, including the West End.