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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Tributes paid as RAK rugby player dies from injury

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

Members of the RAK Rugby team - formerly known as the RAK Goats - play on their sand pitch in September 2016. Courtesy Roger Harrison 
Members of the RAK Rugby team - formerly known as the RAK Goats - play on their sand pitch in September 2016. Courtesy Roger Harrison 

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."

RAK Rugby player Nick Young, who has passed away after being seriously injured while playing in a tournament in Sharjah on April 27. Photo: RAK Rugby 
RAK Rugby player Nick Young, who has passed away after being seriously injured while playing in a tournament in Sharjah on April 27. Photo: RAK Rugby 

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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