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

James Played for Keswick, Carlisle and Leeds Rhinos Credit: Twitter/Leeds Rhinos

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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.

Devastated to hear the sad news that James Addyman passed away earlier. A courageous young man who'll be sorely missed by all here at Carlisle and the wider rugby community.”

– Carlisle Rugby Club

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