Dana Wilson (rugby league)

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Jonathan (Dana) Wilson
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Pareu Pera Takatatia Wilson
Nickname Dana
Born 22 May 1983
Auckland, New Zealand[1]
Died 4 September 2011 (aged 28)
Burtonwood, England
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005 Oldham Bears 22 3 0 0 12
2006–2008 Leigh 66 11 0 0 44
2009 Halifax 18
2010–2011 Swinton[2] 44 12 0 0 48
Total 150 26 0 0 104
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Cook Islands
Source: RLP

Jonathan "Dana" Wilson (22 May 1983 – 4 September 2011) was a professional rugby league player who represented the Cook Islands.

Playing career[edit]

Wilson played lower grades for Manly for a season before moving to England in 2005. He played for Oldham Bears, Leigh and Halifax before joining Swinton in 2009.[3] He scored the match-winning try for Leigh in the 2006 Northern Rail Cup Final against Hull Kingston Rovers.[4]

He was a key member of Swinton Lions' promotion-winning team in Championship 1 in 2011.[3]

Representative career[edit]

Wilson represented New Zealand Under‑16's and Under‑18's before switching his allegiance to the Cook Islands, where his mother was born (his dad was born in Samoa).

Wilson played in the Pacific Cup, toured Fiji and played for the Cook Islands in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson lived in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, England, with his wife Kirsten and their three children.[5]


Wilson was killed in a car accident on Forshaw Lane, Burtonwood, Cheshire, England, on 4 September 2011.[5]


  1. ^ Woodcock, Fred (6 September 2011). "Former Junior Kiwi killed in car crash". The Press. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Proctor, Ian. "Dana Wilson Career History". Swinton RLFC Dana Wilson obituary. Swinton RLFC. Retrieved 6 September 2011. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Swinton Lions' Cook Islands forward Dana Wilson dies in car accident guardian.co.uk, 4 September 2011
  4. ^ a b Dana Wilson’s Swinton Lions revival cbsport.org, 21 January 2011
  5. ^ a b "Dana Wilson: Swinton Lions rugby league player dies in crash". BBC News, 5 September 2011. BBC. Retrieved 6 September 2011.