SHOCK: Doncaster Knights prop dies during training
BEYOND THE GAME: Tributes are pouring in after a Doncaster Knights prop tragically died during a training session yesterday.
27-year-old Ian Williams collapsed during training and passed away despite the best effort of the emergency services.
It has been a heart-breaking day at Castle Park as one of our own, Ian Williams, tragically passed away at training this morning. As a Club we pass on our deepest sympathies to Ian's family & close friends & thank the emergency responders 1st on the scene https://t.co/2oOsFuWBEP pic.twitter.com/PsipERCiqi— Doncaster Knights 🏉 (@DoncasterKnight) February 20, 2018
A statement on the Doncaster Knights website reads: "It is with great sadness that Doncaster RFC announces the passing of prop forward Ian Williams.
"Ian collapsed at training at Castle Park this morning and, despite the best efforts of the emergency response team, could not be resuscitated.
"Ian joined the Club in summer 2017 from Rotherham Titans and quickly became a well-liked member of the Knights squad making six appearances for the Club.
"We extend our deepest sympathies to Ian’s mother Pippa, father Phillip and sister Helen, and are working with a counselling team in the best interest of Ian’s teammates,"
The 6’4, 126kg Williams moved to Doncaster Knights in 2017.
An Oxford University graduate, Williams earned many plaudits for a dominant performance in the 2013 Varsity Match against Cambridge and was subsequently selected to represent Wales Students.
By Ian Cameron, Rugbypass