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    Italian rugby player Rebecca Braglia (18) dies after suffering serious head injury in a tackle

    Ben Coles
    May 3 2018 11:29 AM

    Italian rugby has been rocked by the death of 18 year-old player Rebecca Braglia, who passed away after suffering a neck injury sustained in a match in Ravenna last Sunday.

    Braglia apparently injured the back of her neck when her head hit the ground during a tackle while playing for her club, Amatori Parma Rugby.

    The young player was then airlifted to hospital in Cesana, where her condition deteriorated. Italian rugby's governing the body, the FIR, confirmed on Wednesday that Braglia had died.
    Daniele Ragone, the Amatori Parma Rugby president, described Braglia as "an extraordinary girl, as well as a much loved and respected player, who in these years has contributed so much to the growth and development of female rugby in Emilia Romagna."

    "Now she’s playing in the championship in Heaven," said her father, Giuliano.

    FIR President Alfredo Gavazzi announced that there will be a minute's silence held at all Italian rugby matches across the country this coming weekend.

    Italy captain Sergio Parisse led to the tributes to Braglia, posting on Twitter that he had been "deeply moved" by the news. "A strong hug for your family. Rest in peace, little one," Parisse added.
    Former players Martin Castrogiovanni and Mirco Bergamasco were among those to send their condolences to Braglia's family.


      That's very sad, RIP.


        A second British amateur rugby player has died after complaining of breathing difficulties on returning from a nightclub in Sri Lanka.

        Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, had been touring the country with Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC when they visited the club in Colombo.

        Mr Howard, from Durham, died after being admitted to hospital on Sunday.

        Mr Baty, also from Durham, who had been critically ill, has also now died.

        Durham City Rugby Football Club, which oversees the team, confirmed Mr Howard had died after "suffering breathing problems".

        The team arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday and began the tour with a game against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club (CR & FC) in Colombo.

        According to police in Sri Lanka, some British players went to a nightclub after the match and returned to their hotel in the early hours of Sunday.

        The two players complained of breathing difficulties to the hotel management at about 10:00 on Sunday.
        "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe


          Jesus, that's all sorts of wrong.
          Tis but a scratch.


            Jerome OShea, Kerry footballer All Ireland winner three times in the 1950s. He was 87.

            He was Conor O'Shea's dad



              Jim Horgan Reporter for 96fm died earlier this week.

              I had a grand chat with him at the UCC v Clontarf AIL game before Christmas in between his updates

              Headline Tributes paid to Cork journalist Jim Horgan who passed away aged 63


                Micky Steele Bodger of Harlequins, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University, England and the Barbarians has died.

                He was also President of both the RFU and the Barbarians and Chairman of the IRB.

                The RFU has an obit.

                He was 93.



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                  James Small, Springbok, RIP

                  Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi


                    Brian Lochore, All Black has died.

                    ​​​​​The NZH has an obit.

                    and another here
                    Last edited by Piquet; 3rd-August-2019, 20:50.