A UK recruiting assistant died in an accident in his home state of New Zealand last week, the New Zealand Herald has reported.
Dale McNeil, who spent eight years at Wolverhampton Wanderers and was also the head coach of the British and Irish Lions, was found dead in his bed by a neighbour last Friday.
The 68-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal Wellington Hospital, the Herald said.
The incident was investigated by police, but no criminal charges were laid.
McNeil, whose father is a retired teacher, was the head football coach at Wolverton on the island of Tauranga.
He had also worked as a recruiting coach for the England U19s, Scotland’s Under 19s, the US Men’s National Team and Ireland.
A GoFundMe page set up by his family has raised more than $60,000 for his family.
“He was a passionate, caring and dedicated coach who cared deeply for the students he coached,” the page said.
“His family is with him in their time of need and will be in our prayers. “
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.””
His family is with him in their time of need and will be in our prayers.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Wolverhamton Wanderers are understood to be aware of the news and are offering condolences to McNeil’s family.
New Zealand Rugby said in a statement: “New Zealand rugby is aware of reports of a British national’s death.
McNeil coached the Welsh Under 18s from 2005 to 2011.”
This is an ongoing and difficult time for the club and we extend our deepest condolences to them.”
McNeil coached the Welsh Under 18s from 2005 to 2011.