Talented young rugby player Jack Jeffery suffered an injury while scoring a try during a match for Evesham RFC against Berkswell and Balsall on Saturday and has tragically died
A talented young rugby player has tragically died in hospital after he suffered an injury while scoring a try during a match.
Jack Jeffery was playing for Evesham RFC against Berkswell and Balsall in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, when he was hurt on the pitch on Saturday.
He suffered the injury while gaining points for his team and was rushed to Walgrave Hospital.
Jeffery sadly died later that day and has received tributes from Premiership stars Freddie Burns and Elliott Stooke as well as the RFU.
In a club statement, Evesham labeled him “too good for even the All Blacks” as a gifted rugby player, and was also described as “calm, respected and highly thought of.”
“It is with immeasurable sadness that we have to report the tragic loss of our beloved Jack Jeffery following our Seniors League fixture at Berkswell and Balsall yesterday, February 12,” they added.
“Jack was adding another try to his phenomenal record and during the act and subsequent challenge of scoring he was injured. He was taken to Walgrave Hospital where he tragically lost his fight.
“A more committed, loyal ‘Clubman’ is hard to find. He would often return from London for training and was always at the heart of club activities.
“He served his club, his teammates and the county with distinction and provided much satisfaction to the club supporters in knowing exactly where the whitewash was.
“As a club, we have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and goodwill from the rugby community. Jack was calm, respected and highly thought of.
“Our club and community have lost such a bright light.”
Worcester Warriors shared their condolences, with their tribute reading: “The thoughts of all at Sixways are with the family, friends and team-mates of Evesham RFC player Jack Jeffery who tragically lost his life after yesterday’s match at Berkswell and Balsall.”
The Rugby Football Union then tweeted: “On behalf of everyone at the RFU, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Jack Jeffery who tragically died yesterday. The thoughts of everyone in the game are with @EveshamRFC, their players, members and the wider rugby community.”
London Wasps star Stooke also posted on Sunday: “Thoughts are with the family of jack Jeffery and everyone @EveshamRFC this morning. An old school colleague and team mate of mine.”
He was followed by Leicester Tigers fly-half Burns, who said: “So sad to hear about the passing of Jack Jeffery. A young rugby player who sadly lost his life whilst playing the sport we all love. My thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone @EveshamRFC #RIP.”
And the North Midlands RFU wrote: “It is with immeasurable sadness that we have to report the tragic loss of North Midlands player Jack Jeffery from Evesham Rugby Club yesterday 12th February 2022. The whole of North Mids sends their sincere condolences to all those who knew Jack and affected by this tragic loss.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.