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Former player passes away

24th February 2009 | 12:00 am

By Leeds Rhinos

It was with much regret that the club was contacted by Dereck Pratt, the nephew of former Leeds scrum half William Pratt, who informed us that William has passed away.

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It was with much regret that the club was contacted by Dereck Pratt, the nephew of former Leeds scrum half William Pratt, who informed us that William has passed away.

A local Leeds lad, Pratt, who was better known as Billy during his playing days, made his debut for Leeds on 2nd April 1952 against Wakefield at Belle Vue.
He made 73 appearances in total and scored five tries.
His arrival at the club coincided with an upturn in fortunes which eventually culminated in the side winning their first Championship in 1961 under the inspirational leadership of Lewis Jones.
A talented scrum half, Billy came through the junior ranks at Leeds in the early 1950s. Unfortunately for the young scrum half, his time at the club coincided with the era of one of the greatest number sevens to play for the club, Jeff Stevenson. However, he showed his versatility in the backline and still amassed 73 appearances before leaving in 1958 to join Halifax. He missed the majority of the 1952-53 when he was away on military service and scored a try in the last win Leeds secured over Australia when the home side won 18-13 at Headingley Carnegie in October 1956.
His funeral will take place this Thursday afternoon in Shipley.

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