The family of an airman who died playing rugby for the RAF say he was surrounded by his teammates and doing what he loved most.

Scott Stevenson was a senior aircraftsman based at RAF Marham who played rugby league for the airforce.

The fullback died after suffering a head injury during a match on Friday.

In a tribute released by his family, they said they had taken comfort from knowing he died doing what he loved.

"Rugby was Scott’s whole life from as early as six years old. We take great comfort in the knowledge that he passed doing something he loved, surrounded by his teammates, all of whom care about him dearly. Few of us are fortunate enough to leave life in such a way.

Family statement
Senior aircraftsman Scott Stevenson was based at RAF Marham in Norfolk Credit: RAF Marham

RAF Marham confirmed SAC Stevenson's death on Monday, September 16.

A spokesman said he was a very popular member of the community and would be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

"It is with deep regret that the Station Commander of Royal Air Force Marham confirms the death of Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Scott Stevenson. Scott was a very popular member of the Royal Air Force Marham community and a Fullback for the Royal Air Force Rugby League 1st team. Scott will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts remain with Scott’s family."

Spokesperson, RAF Marham