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Archie Bruce: 20-year-old Batley Bulldogs rugby league player dies after making debut

Batley Bulldogs player Archie Bruce has died after making his debut against Toulouse.

20-year-old Archie Bruce was found dead in his hotel room Credit: Batley Bulldogs

The 20-year-old was found dead in his hotel bedroom this morning.

Batley Bulldogs are greatly saddened to announce the passing of their player Archie Bruce (20) who was found in his hotel bedroom early this morning having made his debut against Toulouse the previous evening.

Archie’s immediate family have been informed.

Batley Bulldogs, the RFL and the RFL Benevolent Fund will be supporting the family while enquiries by the French authorities continue, with the club squad delaying their return to the UK.

The Bruce family have requested privacy during this most difficult of times.

– Kevin Nicholas, Batley Bulldogs Chairman