Tributes paid as RAK rugby player dies from injury

The player was injured during a tournament in Sharjah at the weekend

To go with Paul Radley story on rugby being played on sand. September 2016. Photo Courtesy: Roger Harrison *** Local Caption ***  D4D_2160 Rak Knights First Match.jpg

A Ras Al Khaimah rugby player has died after suffering a serious injury during a match.

Nick Young, who was in his forties, was injured during a game at the Sharjah 10s rugby tournament on Friday April 27. He died in hospital on Sunday afternoon.

“The club would like to thank everyone for the astonishing support we have received from the rugby family and beyond since we announced his injury,” said a statement by his club, RAK Rugby.

"The club is currently offering support to Nick’s family, friends and colleagues."

Condolences from the rugby community came in when his death was announced on Monday.

Louise Palmer, chairperson of Arabian Knights Rugby, wrote in a Facebook message: "It is with utter disbelief and sadness that we learn of Nick’s passing yesterday.

"Arabian Knights RFC extend our heartfelt condolences to chairman Simon Williams, team manager David Learman, coach Craig Chapman, the RAK Rugby players and Nick’s family following this tragedy."



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