Doncaster Knights prop Ian Williams has died at the age of 27.
The Championship club said the player collapsed at training on Tuesday and could not be resuscitated.
Williams once wore Wasps colours when he was loaned from Oxford University for the pre-season friendly with Samoa at the Ricoh Arena.
Here are some of the tributes:
It has been a heart-breaking day at Castle Park as one of our own, Ian Williams, tragically passed away at training this morning. As a Club we pass on our deepest sympathies to Ian’s family & close friends & thank the emergency responders 1st on the scene https://t.co/2oOsFuWBEP pic.twitter.com/PsipERCiqi
— Doncaster Knights 🏉 (@DoncasterKnight) February 20, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at the club and with Ian’s family and friends.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 20, 2018
Thoughts are with everyone @DoncasterKnight and the family and friends of Ian Williams.
— Joe Marler (@JoeMarler) February 20, 2018
Thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends and everyone at @DoncasterKnight
— Elliot Daly (@elliotdaly) February 20, 2018
Horrendous news for the whole rugby community today. Thoughts and prayers with Ian’s family and friends. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/IfDVCfM26M
— Joe Simpson (@joesimpson9) February 20, 2018
Such Terrible news! Thoughts go out to Ian’s family and friends, as well as everyone at @DoncasterKnight at this sad time.
— Guy Thompson (@GuyThompson87) February 20, 2018
— Dan Elsom (@elsom_dan) February 20, 2018
The club is devastated to hear the news that one of our ex players, Ian Williams has died suddenly. Our thoughts are with Ian’s family and his rugby colleagues @DoncasterKnight #LWFamily pic.twitter.com/xOvm6dFa66
— London Welsh RFC (@LondonWelshRFC) February 20, 2018
Deepest sympathies go out to everyone at @DoncasterKnight and anyone close to Ian Williams on this terrible day!
— Alex Lewington (@AlexLewington48) February 20, 2018
Absolutely gutted u will not meet a nicer bloke & team mate can’t believe it heart breaking my thoughts are with his family Rest in Peace Ian ❤️ https://t.co/SvxnARm20Y
— Colin Quigley (@Quigs03) February 20, 2018
So much love for this guy I still can’t believe he’s been taken from us 😭 My thoughts and prayers are with Ian’s family and friends. Gonna miss seeing you in our changing-room and having you around for the whole day big guy 😔😭
R.I.P my brother 💔💔💔 https://t.co/jjmieeqHuY
— Andy Bulumakau (@andy_bulumakau) February 20, 2018
Awful awful day today, lost a true friend and team mate. Thoughts go out to your family and may you rest in peace pal ❤️ https://t.co/cedogBaaRQ
— Tom Hicks (@thomas_hicks) February 20, 2018
Such heartbreaking news. Our thoughts and condolences are with you and all who knew him at this sad time #RestInPeace
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) February 20, 2018
Absolutely tragic – thoughts are with his family friends and team mates! Life is too short!! 🙏
— Marland Yarde (@YardeM) February 20, 2018
Such sad news. Thoughts with his nearest & dearest and everyone at Castle Park. #rugbyfamily
— Lee Dickson (@Dicko9) February 20, 2018
Such sad news. Thoughts with his family and everyone at the club.
— Tom Mitchell (@TBobbyMitchell) February 20, 2018