Tributes paid after death of 23-year-old Cumbrian rugby player

Tributes have been pouring in for a Keswick rugby player who has died of an aggressive form of bone cancer.

James Addyman, 23, played for Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Physical Disability Rugby League and was described by the club as an “influential player”. He carried on playing despite losing his arm and shoulder as a result of the cancer.

James also played for Carlisle and Keswick seconds and was named a local hero after ran the Keswick half-marathon to raise money the Teenage Cancer Trust.

He also won at the Cumbria Sports Awards 2018, collecting the Be Inspired Award.

The team will retire the number four shirt in James’ honour.