R.I.P: Amateur rugby plater Shawnton de Four
AFTER THE death of Shawnton de Four, an amateur rugby player who tragically died after collapsing on the pitch, England stars are supporting a fundraising campaign in his honour.
Jamie George, Chris Robshaw and Maro Itoje are a few players who have come together to raise over £15,000 towards a £20,000 target for the Shawnton de Four Dependants' Fund – a fund created to support the player's wife and children.
De Four left behind a wife and 14-month-old twins following his death, which occurred as the 34-year-old represented his rugby club Old Emanuel and collapsed on the pitch.
Fellow players tried to resuscitate him - including using an onsite defibrilator - but he died later in hospital.
Ex-England captain Robshaw tweeted “please support Shawnton’s young family after the tragic news if you can.”
Former Irish Lions star Ugo Monye also said: “Shawnton sadly passed away playing rugby at the weekend leaving behind a wife & 14 month old twins. pls support his family if u can.”
Speaking on the tragic death, Justin Latta, Captain at Old Emanuel RFC said: “We’re devastated to have lost our team-mate and friend this week.
"Shawnton was a bright star, with a zest for life and a constant smile on his face. He was our companion on the pitch, as well as at the bar and his kind and generous nature meant he was always willing to help anyone.
"We’ve been touched by all the support from the rugby community so far, and know that all the donations will go a long way in supporting Shawnton’s young children in the future.”
A statement from the Aviva Premiership side read: "Harlequins is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Shawnton de Four, who collapsed while playing on Saturday for Old Emanuel Rugby Club, a club for whom he was a key member.
"Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are with his wife, family, friends and all of his team-mates during this difficult time."