“It is with profound sadness and regret we announce that RAK Rugby player Nick Young passed away today (Sunday) at 2.45pm local time,” confirmed RAK in a statement, “following treatment from a serious head injury incurred whilst playing at the Sharjah 10s Rugby tournament on Friday 27th April.”
Young was left in a very serious condition following a tackle at the season-ending tournament, with the famous competition abandoned after the RAK vets player was taken to hospital after suffering an in-game injury.
Young, believed to be in his 40s, reportedly had to be resuscitated on the pitch at Sharjah Wanderers Sports Club.
Louise Palmer, chairperson of Arabian Knights Rugby, wrote in a Facebook message after the announcement: “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.”
Heartbreaking news in UAE rugby, @RAKRugby player Nick Young passed away on Sunday following a serious head injury suffered while playing at the Sharjah 10s tournament on Friday. My condolences go out to the family & the clubhttps://t.co/d66kNc8cRm— Matt Jones (@MattJones360) April 30, 2018
RAK Rugby has been overwhelmed by support since news of Young’s injury.
“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,” the statement continued.
“For now there will be no further communication as we give his close ones and our members time to deal with this tradegy. The club is currently offering support to Nick’s family, friends and colleagues.
“We therefore ask that everyone please respect their privacy, as well as our own, as we mourn his loss.”
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