Navy and Rugby world mourn death of Royal marine aged 27...

I know this is an army site, but felt that this was the most appropriate forum on Arrse to raise this sad event.

A sad loss for both the services and the sport of Rugby.

A SCOTTISH Royal Marine has died in hospital after collapsing while playing rugby.

Craig Hodgkinson, 27, who was serving on the assault ship HMS Bulwark, currently based in Plymouth, Devon, collapsed on the pitch only 19 minutes into the match.

The coach of his Royal Navy side, Nick Bartlett, said footage of the game was being examined in an attempt to find out what had happened.

Mr Bartlett, who described Mr Hodgkinson as "one of the characters of the team", said the player had been unconscious when he left the pitch.

The former High School of Glasgow pupil had played for the Scotland under-18 team as well as Glasgow Hawks RFC.

He was treated at the Rectory ground in Plymouth on Monday before being taken to Derriford Hospital in the town, where he later died.

Shade Munro, the former Scotland star who was head coach at Glasgow Hawks when Mr Hodgkinson was the club's top scorer in three consecutive premiership campaigns from 2001, led tributes to the player.

"This is absolutely devastating news for everyone connected with the sport north of the Border, but particularly in the Glasgow area," he said. "The bottom line is that Craig was a great player - and a great guy into the bargain. It is a real tragedy that he should die so young."

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