Boy dies hours after making his debut for his rugby team in England
Young rugby league player was seen dead in his hotel bedroom hours after making his debut for Batley Bulldogs last night.
The 20-year-old Archie Bruce and Batley Bulldogs scrum-half just made his debut for the West Yorkshire club on Aug.17 against Toulouse. But His team lost 46-0.
Speaking on his death Club chairman Kevin Nicholas said: 'Batley Bulldogs are greatly saddened to announce the passing of their player Archie Bruce who was found in his hotel bedroom early this morning having made his debut against Toulouse the previous evening.'
A statement by Batley Bulldogs this morning said: ‘We are devastated to announce the passing of our young player Archie Bruce (20), who was found in his hotel bedroom early this morning, having made his debut against Toulouse yesterday evening.
‘Archie’s immediate family are now informed.
‘Batley Bulldogs, the RFL and the RFL Benevolent Fund will be supporting the family. While enquiries by the French authorities continue, with the club squad delaying their return to the UK.
England professional Alex Walmsley led the tributes, saying: ‘Incredibly sad news to wake up to, my. Condolences go out to his family, friends and teammates at both Batley and Dewsbury Moor. RIP Archie.’
Former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain star Keith Senior tweeted:. ‘Never nice to hear news like this especially at such a young age. Condolences to all his family and friends.’