Tributes to 'brilliant young man' as promising rugby star Logan Holgate dies aged 18

There has been a Go Fund Me page set-up to raise money for Logan's family. Credit: Hensingham ARLFC

Tributes are pouring in following the death of one of England's rising rugby players.

Logan Holgate died suddenly at the age of 18-years-old.

He played for Hensingham ARLFC in Cumbria and represented England at youth international level.

A statement from Hensingham ARLFC said: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of one our lads Logan Holgate today.

"Logan has been with the club since he was young and has been playing for our open age and under 18’s this year.

"We would like to place on record our condolences to the family and friends.

"We are all devastated at the news and will continue to support the family as much as we can."

Tributes from the rugby league community highlighted his potential as one of the country's top talents.

A statement said: "Everyone connected with the England Community Lions Programme was saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Logan Holgate on Wednesday 11 January.

"The talented hooker, who played with distinction for Hensingham, including in the melting pot of the National Conference last season, followed the family tradition in represent the Lions, hot on the heels of big brother Ellison and younger brother Fletcher. 

"Logan first caught attention in 2021 and made his Lions debut for the Under 16s in a victory over Wales at Colwyn Bay.

"Such was his burgeoning club form, that it wasn't long before he was firmly in the plans of the Under 19s selectors, firstly impressing in trials, before making the final touring squad that created history in Italy last September. 

"Whilst in Italy, he was a virtual ever present during the exhausting six game qualifying day, impressing team mates and staff alike with his work ethic, infectious attitude and quick humour.

"He then played superbly in the Semi Final and again in the Final as the Lions swept aside Wales before defeating France to win the Under 19 European Championships for the first time in dramatic and emotional scenes. 

"He leaves a lasting legacy on the programme and staff - a brilliant young man and team mate. 

"All our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this devastating time."

Logan was set to be promoted to Salford Red Devils reserve side this season where he developed through their youth academy, alongside playing for Hensignham.

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