Jack Jeffery, 27, of Evesham Rugby Club, died on Saturday after suffering an injury during a game.
On Saturday, Jack was gravely injured while scoring a try against Berkswell and Balsall.
In a statement issued by Evesham RFC, chair David Summerfield shared the devastating news:
“It is with great regret that we must inform you of the unfortunate death of our dear Jack Jeffery during our Seniors League match against Berkswell & Balsall yesterday, February 12th.”
“Jack was adding another try to his incredible record when he was hurt during the act and following difficulty of scoring.”
Jack was wounded and transferred to Walgrave Hospital in Coventry, where he unfortunately died.
“A more dedicated, loyal ‘Clubman’ is rare to find,” Mr Summerfield remarked. He frequently returned to London for training and was usually at the centre of club activity.
“He served his club, his colleagues, and the county with distinction, and he gave club supporters great gratification by knowing exactly where the whitewash was.”
“The expressions of support and generosity from the rugby community have overwhelmed us as a club.” Jack was composed, well-liked, and well-respected.
Mr Summerfield stated that the “club and community had lost such a bright light,” and that the club had closed for the day and displayed the flag at half-mast out of respect.
The Rugby Football Union extended “heartfelt sympathy” to Jack Jeffery’s family on Twitter, stating, “The thoughts of everyone in the game are with @EveshamRFC, their players, members, and the wider rugby community.”
‘Thoughts are with the family of Jack Jeffery and everyone at Evesham RFC this morning,’ London Wasps player Elliott Stooke tweeted on Twitter. My former high school classmate and teammate. RIP’
Fly-half for the Leicester Tigers Freddie Burns expressed his sadness at the death of Jack Jeffery.
‘A teenage rugby player who tragically died while participating in the sport we all love.’
‘My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and everyone at EveshamRFC.’
Glenn Jeffery, Mr Jeffery’s father, said, ‘Jack died doing what he loved most, playing rugby.’
‘Jack was the most kind, generous, and beautiful son who touched the lives of everyone who was fortunate enough to know and meet him.’
‘He will be terribly missed by his family and friends.’
‘Rest in peace, our precious boy.’
‘It is with unfathomable grief that we have to report the unfortunate passing of our dear Jack Jeffery,’ Evesham wrote in a statement on their official club website.
‘It’s difficult to find a more dedicated, devoted ‘Clubman.’ He frequently returned to London for training and was usually at the centre of club activity.
‘He served his club, his teammates, and the county with distinction, and he gave club supporters great gratification by knowing precisely where the whitewash was.’
‘The expressions of support and generosity from the rugby community have overwhelmed us as a club. Jack was composed, well-liked, and well-respected. Our club and community have lost a shining star.’