ST Helens-born Dave Chisnall – one of the charismatic characters of British rugby league – has died at the age of 64.
The former Leigh, Warrington, Saints and Great Britain prop forward, who had cancer, was the youngest brother of a large sporting family – Les and Eric also played professional rugby league and eldest brother, John, was a boxer.
As a pacey, flamboyant and cheeky ball-playing forward, the 16st 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 was a great player who had fantastic side step which you don’t normal find in a prop forward,” said Saints Past Players’ Association chairman Ray French.
Chisnall was unlucky to miss 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 defend their trophy when they went down to Widnes. He was also in the St Helens team who lost to Leeds in the 1978 Cup final.
Chisnall had brief spells with Swinton and Barrow before finishing his career back at Warrington in 1982.
A Saints spokesman said: “Everyone at the club would like to pass on their sympathies at this sad time.”