A 25-year-old RAF airman died after suffering a head injury in an inter-services rugby league match. Senior aircraftman technician Scott Stevenson got injured while playing for the RAF first team in a match against the Army on Friday and died on Monday.
RAF Marham in Norfolk, where he was based, described him as a “popular member” of the team and community. The UK Armed Forces Rugby League (UKAFRL) said it was “deeply saddened by the devastating news”.
“SAC Stevenson was an extremely talented player and popular teammate within the UKAFRL squad,” it said in a statement.
“His passing is a terrible loss to the Armed Forces Rugby League Community.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, teammates, and colleagues at this sad time,” it added.
On Saturday, the RAF League tweeted that the SAC Stevenson was injured “while putting on a performance that had him in contention for man of the match”. Thee chief executive of the Rugby Football League, Ralph Rimmer said it was “tragic and heartbreaking news”.
“I know everyone involved in the game will join me in sending deepest condolences to Scott’s family and friends, and to all involved in rugby league in the RAF and the other services,” he added.
The UKAFRL further claimed that the decision over whether to dismiss the final-round of inter-services will be taken after a discussion with SAC Stevenson’s family. Stevenson also played for Boston Buccaneers in Lincolnshire.
Many people gave tributes online for the airman. “RIP Scotty, one of the most genuine, funny lads I’ve ever met,” one person said.