Teenage Rugby Player Dies After 'Freak Accident'

14-year-old Evan Hawksworth has passed away, his club has confirmed.

A teenage West Yorkshire rugby  player has died after being injured in a game at the weekend.

14-year-old Evan Hawksworth was playing for Stanley Rangers on Sunday when he suffered a head injury which left him in a coma.

The injury, which took place against Batley Boys has been described as a 'freak accident'

The club have released a statement- in it his coach Steve Abrahams called Evan "our great friend, teammate and all round good guy".

He continues; "It is with a very heavy heart that I am letting you all know that Evan has passed away peacefully. Evans family are overwhelmed by the support they have been shown over the last 48 hours. They explained that Evan's injury was a freak accident and it was playing the game that he loved so much. They have asked for a decree of privacy at this very difficult time which I am sure everyone will appreciate.

"Evan you were a fantastic lad so tragically taken from us. You certainly leave a stamp on my heart young man. Fly high buddy. RIP Evan Hawksworth."

Evan's father Gary said "Evan passed away playing the game he loved. He was never without a rugby ball in his hands. This is a tragic freak accident and no-one is to blame".

The club says events are being planned in Evan's memory, and other clubs including Huddersfield Giants have offered their condolences.

A JustGiving Fund has also been set up- you can donate here;

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/evan-hawksworth

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