Former Swansea RFC Player Dies
It’s with great sadness that we are reporting the heartbreaking news that a past Swansea rugby player has died whilst in training for his club Doncaster Knights RFC.
Tragic news today about former @swansearfc @bridgendravens and @Mumbles_RFC prop Ian Williams. The thoughts of everybody at Ospreys Rugby are with Ian’s family and friends, and his colleagues @DoncasterKnight at this very sad time.
RIP Ian https://t.co/n9pLUqq1nw
— Ospreys (@ospreys) February 20, 2018
Ian Williams, 27, collapsed whilst in training at Doncaster’s Castle Park and died this morning, he played for Swansea RFC and various other teams around the area including Bridgend Ravens and Mumbles RFC.
A spokesman for the Doncaster Knights said: “It is with great sadness that Doncaster RFC announces the passing of prop forward Ian Williams”
“Ian collapsed at training at Castle Park this morning and, despite the best efforts of the emergency response team, could not be resuscitated.
“Ian joined the club in summer 2017 from Rotherham Titans and quickly became a well-liked member of the Knights squad making six appearances for the Club.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to Ian’s mother Pippa, father Phillip & and sister Helen and are working with a counselling team in the best interest of Ian’s teammates.
“Details of Ian’s funeral will be posted once known. The club will be making no further comment at this time.”
Such a tragic and heart- breaking day. We have lost a lovely guy and friend, my thoughts are with his family and anyone that knew him. He will always be remembered, Rest in Peace Ian xxx https://t.co/ldH3bQwKEk
— Michael Hills (@Hillz_e) February 20, 2018
Williams, an Oxford graduate had also played for London Welsh and Richmond, The Rugby Players’ Association added: “On behalf of all RPA members we’re sending our deepest condolences to the family & friends of Ian Williams
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
Inside Welsh Sport offers condolences to family and friends.
Life is often taken from seemingly fit and healthy sports people without any warning and it’s a stark reminder that life is precious and a gift to us all.