Logan Luker, who skippered Penygraig RFC’s youth team, was found dead on Monday.
The Rhondda Cynon Taf club said they were “devastated”, while hundreds of messages of support have been posted and a memorial game is being planned for the 17-year-old.
In a statement, the club wrote: “Logan was a very talented young player who gave his heart to playing rugby, logan when on the field would run at anything in his way and would get back up ready to go again. Penygraig rfc will never be the same again.
“Penygraig rfc youth, seniors, committee and supporters send their deepest condolences to their entire family and our doors are always open for those who need support at this difficult time #forluker”
His coach also penned an emotional statement, writing: “As a rugby coach you have to be passionate about the game and your players. Today my heart broke when I heard the sad passing of one of my youth players. My captain Logan Luker.
“I cannot put into words the emptiness I feel right now knowing this fine young man hid his feeling away. As a club we are passionate about all our boys, we are one, so this devastating news has broken his family, his friends and us all at Penygriag RFC.
“Logan, I had the privilege of coaching you at two clubs, I’ve known you many years and always Said the same, you may had been one of the smallest of the field but there was no stopping you and you’d run at anyone. You amazed me with your pure strength and heart of gold. I’m a broken man tonight and deeply devastated. Rest in peace buddy, you show them up there what a true rugby player is.”
His parents said in a statement: “Logan was such a special person, he was the best son and brother. We loved him so much, he was a true young gentleman who tried to make everyone smile.
“Please, please if anyone is struggling please speak out because as a family we are broken, and I don’t want anyone else to go through what we are. The family would like to thank everyone for their messages of support”
RUCK.co.uk would like to send our prayers to all of Logan’s family, friends and teammates at this very difficult time.
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