Dave Chisnall – one of the great characters of British rugby league – died last week at the age of 64.

The former Leigh, Warrington, St Helens and Great Britain prop forward, who had been suffering from cancer, was the youngest brother of a big sporting family – Les and Eric also played professional rugby league and eldest John was a boxer.

Chisnall went on the Great Britain tour to Australia in 1970 and played in the World Cup later in the year while also winning five caps for England in 1975.

He missed Leigh’s famous Challenge Cup win over Leeds in 1971 through suspension but experienced Wembley glory three years later when, after making a record £8,000 move to Warrington, he helped them to victory over Featherstone.

He was Warrington’s captain at Wembley 12 months later but they failed to successfully defend their trophy when they went down to Widnes and he was also in the St Helens team that lost to Leeds in the 1978 Cup final. Chissy

Chisnall also had brief spells with Swinton and Barrow before finishing his career back at Warrington in 1982.

A St Helens spokesman said: “Everyone at Saints would like to pass on their sympathies at this sad time.”

State of Mind would like to pass on our condolensces to Dave’s family and friends. I remember his sidestep and great passing ability, oh and being a little combatitive on the pitch and I went to the 1974 cup final to see him lift the trophy thanks for the great entertainment!