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Rugby club pays tribute to player who died during game

Thurston RFC posted this picture of Josh (back row, fourth from left) with the team Credit: Thurston Rugby Club

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.

Josh Gilbert was an enormous character, liked and respected by all he met. A stalwart of Thurston's playing and social activities, Josh will be deeply missed by all Rangers.

We thank the rugby community who have already expressed their condolences and support, especially all at Hadleigh Rugby Club who comforted and supported the players in such difficult circumstances.

The thoughts of everyone at Thurston go out to all of Josh's family and friends.

Rest in peace, Bear.

– 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