David Myers (rugby league)

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David Myers
Personal information
Born (1971-07-31)31 July 1971
Died 20 October 2008(2008-10-20) (aged 37)
Cheshire, England
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988 Widnes
1989 Warrington 6 0 0 0 0
1990–92 Wigan 69 38 0 0 152
1991 Manly-Warringah 4 1 0 0 4
1992 Wakefield Trinity
1992–93 Widnes
1994–96 Bradford Northern
1995 Western Suburbs 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Salford
1997 Widnes
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991–92 Great Britain U21 5
Source: RLP

David Myers (31 July 1971 — 20 October 2008) born in Widnes, Lancashire, was an English rugby league footballer of the 1980s and '90s, playing at representative level for Great Britain in non-Test matches on the 1992 tour of Papua New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand, and at club level for Widnes (twice), Warrington, Wigan, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Bulls, Western Suburbs Magpies, and Salford City Reds, as a Wing, i.e. number 2 or 5, he died in Sandbach.

During the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, Myers played for defending champions Wigan on the wing in their 1991 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Penrith Panthers. He scored a match-winning try in the Challenge Cup in 1991 for Wigan against St. Helens. Following the arrival of Martin Offiah, Myers lost his first team place at Wigan, but was nevertheless selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. In October 1992, he was sold to Widnes in an exchange deal which saw Paul Atcheson join Wigan from Widnes.[1]

He continued his success in the Challenge Cup with his new team, helping Widnes to the 1993 Challenge Cup against former team, Wigan, although he was on the losing side in that final.

He died on 20 October 2008 in a car accident on the M6 motorway.[2][3] It was confirmed in a coroner's report that Myers was using steroids and amphetamines whilst driving, and died of a heart attack, although the report also concluded the condition had occurred naturally, and that the two drugs had only contributed to this.[4]


  1. ^ "Widnes trade Atcheson for Myers". The Guardian. 8 October 1992. p. 17. Retrieved 24 November 2013. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Rugby league star killed in crash". BBC Sport. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Myers Dies in Crash Tragedy". Sky Sports. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Crash rugby star had heart attack". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC News). 7 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 

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