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Former Great Britain hooker Terry Newton dies aged 31

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Terry Newton in action for Great Britain against Australia © Getty Images
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Former Great Britain rugby league player Terry Newton has been found dead at a house in Greater Manchester.

Reports suggest the 31-year-old was found hanged at a house in Orrell, close to Wigan, on Sunday afternoon.

Newton, who played for a host of clubs including Leeds, Wigan and Bradford, was sacked by Wakefield Wildcats in February and banned from the sport for two years after testing positive for a human growth hormone.

"Shortly after 2pm on Sunday 26 September 2010, police were called to a house on Harswell Close in Orrell, Wigan, following a report of concern for welfare," a Greater Manchester Police spokesman said.

"Officers went to the address and found the body of a 31-year-old man. Inquiries have been launched, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death."

Earlier this year, admitting he had used a human growth hormone, Newton said: "I have made a grave error and hope that, if nothing else, my stupidity will be a warning to any other professional in any sport."

The hooker represented Great Britain on 15 occasions, scoring three tries.

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