A rugby club has paid tribute to a player who died during a game in Suffolk.

Prop Josh Gilbert collapsed during a match at Hadleigh and despite the efforts of paramedics could not be revived.

Josh, who was 25, was known as Bear to his friends.

Thurston Rugby Club issued the following statement.

Josh Gilbert (back row, centre) was known to his friends as 'Bear'. Credit: Thurston Rugby Club

Yesterday the club lost one of its own in tragic and untimely circumstances.

Thurston RFC

Josh was Chair of the Bury St Edmunds Young Farmers' Club for the past two years.

Beth Duchesne of Suffolk Young Farmers said: "He is that one person that is always there at everything, always did everything 110 percent. He was a great guy, such a larger than life character."

There has been an outpouring of support and sympathy on social media from rugby clubs across the region