Rugby player Maddy Lawrence has died aged just 20 and her teammates are celebrating her life.
Lawrence, who played for the University Of The West Of England (UWE), was recently injured during a game after being tackled.
Tragically, the winger, who played for UWE Zweiter XV, died in hospital on March 25.
Rugby pays tribute to Maddy Lawrence
In a statement on Instagram, Maddy’s team said she “exemplified what it means to be a UWE rugby player and approach every new skill with enthusiasm”.
Described as “bubbly” by her teammates, Maddy’s side said her “perpetual energy has shaped this club”.
The tribute concluded, “She will forever be our number 11.”
Here is the full tribute:
As a mark of respect for Maddy, whose nickname was ‘Twinkle Toes’, the team have decided to retire her number 11 rugby shirt.
On Wednesday, March 30th, Maddy’s life will be celebrated with games such as a hula hoop, a wheelbarrow race and a touch rugby tournament.
It doubles as a fundraiser for Maddy’s family:
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) tweeted a message of condolences following the sad news of Maddy Lawrence’s death.
The RFU oversees rugby union in England, from internationals to grassroots matches. Patron is the Duchess of Cambridge.
The RFU wrote: “We extend our heartfelt condolences to Maddy Lawrence’s family and friends.” The union added their thoughts are with Maddy’s team-mates and the wider rugby community.
- All Instagram images used courtesy of UWE Women’s Rugby Club
HITC extends its condolences to Maddy Lawrence’s family, friends and teammates at this difficult time.
In other news: When is the red carpet for the 2022 Oscars tonight?
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