'True gent': Rugby dad collapses on pitch

Jason Laman
Jason Laman and his children Chloe, Aaron and Abbie Photo: The Laman family

A father-of-three has collapsed and died whilst playing a rugby match at Wheatley Rugby Club in Oxfordshire. Jason Laman was about to take a kick for his side during a game yesterday afternoon, when he suddenly fell down.

Jason Laman
Jason doing what he loved most Credit: The Laman family

Jason was treated by paramedics on the pitch before being taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Friends and family believe he died from a heart attack.

He leaves a wife, Rayner, and three children, Chloe, Aaron and Abbie.

Jason and his children
Jason and his children Chloe, Aaron and Abbie this Christmas Credit: The Laman family

Friends have been paying tribute to Jason on the rugby club's Facebook page.

The club have lost a local legend - he will be greatly missed,

– Russell Neal

A genuinely great guy. Good memories and good jokes.

– Robbie Elder

Great loss. Cracking player and true clubman. My respects go out to his family.

– Phil Glenn