A poignant tribute is planned this week for tragic Huddersfield rugby star Ronan Costello.

Tens of thousands of fans at Super League and Kingstone Press Championship games are planning to hold a minute’s applause during their matches.

It will come in the 17th minute to tie in with Ronan’s age.

The Huddersfield Giants Academy star lost his fight for life in hospital on Tuesday, some 72 hours after he was injured playing the game he loved.

He was hurt as the Giants Under 19 Academy side played Salford Red Devils at the DRAM Centre in Dalton.

Ronan was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary by the Yorkshrie Air Ambulance with serious head and neck injuries but sadly died.

Support is growing for the applause tribute, an initial idea raised online by a fan.

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The supporter suggested that all Rugby League games to be played this weekend should feature a minute’s applause in the 17th minute – 17 being Ronan Costello’s age when he passed away.

It has picked up real support in the last few hours or so, and some of the game’s biggest clubs are even throwing their support behind the idea.

Castleford Tigers tweeted a tribute poster in support of the idea.

Many hundreds of people from across the world have taken to social media to pay tribute to Ronan, who played with Lindley Swifts as a youngster and latterly Brighouse Rangers before he signed for the Giants last year.

Among those paying tribute was Lizzie Jones, the widow of Keighley Cougars player Danny who collapsed during a game last year and sadly died.

She said: “Rip Ronan, heaven has gained another angel. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.”

Rugby Union star Luther Burrell, who is from Huddersfield, is currently on tour with England in Australia.

He said: “Thoughts are with @Giantsrl and Ronan Costello’s family at this time. Tragic news to lose such a young lad. Thoughts and prayers.”

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Lindley Swifts official Vicki Whitaker issued a statement from the club.

It read: “The whole of the Lindley Swifts family are devasted by the news of the passing of Ronan and would like to pass sincere condolonces onto the whole of the Costello family and all who knew him.

“He was an absolute credit to his family, a genuine heart of gold and a joy to be around. A wonderful, caring and dedicated young man taken far too soon in a terrible accident.

“Rugby League can bring out so many different feelings and attributes in people, and Ronan seemed to soak all of them up. He was an old head on young shoulders. A joy to be around and when it came to match days he would never disappoint.

“Ronan played for the Swifts from the age of 7 for about eight years and it was clear from a young age he was a talented rugby player. A star of the future and a team mate, brother and friend who was taken too soon and will be sadly missed forever. RIP Ronan.”