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Luis Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix

Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix in latest tragedy to rock motorsport

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 15 November 2012

Motorsport has been rocked by the death of another biker – Luis Carreira – ahead of the Macau Grand Prix.

The tragedy comes a year after MotoGP legend Marco Simoncelli died in a horrific crash at the race in Malaysia.

Superbikes Carreira, the 35-year-old Portuguese, crashed on Fisherman's Bend during qualifying today at the Guia circuit. No other riders were involved in the accident.

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Race organisers said two doctors went to the rider's aid and he was then taken to a hospital but was declared dead about 20 minutes after arriving.

A statement from the Macau Grand Prix committee read: 'We regret to announce that Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira, competitor No 33, from Portugal, in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 46th edition, has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident during the qualifying session this afternoon.

'No other rider was involved in the incident, which occurred at Fisherman’s Bend at 15.58. The qualifying session was immediately red flagged.

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

'The medical services, a fast intervention vehicle, fully equipped, and an ambulance with two doctors in attendance, which were located at the side of the accident immediately went to the rider’s aid, and as a result of the doctors’ diagnosis, Mr Carreira was immediately evacuated by ambulance to the Hospital, where he was admitted at 16.08.

'Continuous CPR was performed, however he succumbed to his injuries at 16.28.

'The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team, and the Committee expresses its sincere condolences.

'The qualifying session was abandoned at 16.30.'

Carreira raced for the Bennimoto Raider-Cetelem team.

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Luis Suarez sends "hugs" to John Terry on Twitter

'Hugs to Terry': Soppy Suarez tweets sympathy for crocked Chelsea skipper after collision leaves him in agony

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10:20 GMT, 12 November 2012

Luis Suarez used social media to offer his cringeworthy condolences to John Terry after the Chelsea captain was injured after a nasty-looking collision between the two players.

The Uruguayan sent a message saying 'Hugs to Terry, I hope it's nothing serious' to a combined 3million social media audience.

He tweeted the message to almost 1.2million followers on Twitter and sent the exact same message on Facebook to 2m more fans of his page.

Need a hug Luis Suarez sent his condolences to John Terry after landing awkwardly on the Chelsea captain's knee

Need a hug Luis Suarez sent his condolences to John Terry after landing awkwardly on the Chelsea captain's knee

Agony: Terry was left writhing on the floor after the accidental collision

Agony: Terry was left writhing on the floor after the accidental collision

Consoled: Roberto Di Matteo (right) checked up on his captain as he was carried down the tunnel

Consoled: Roberto Di Matteo (right) checked up on his captain as he was carried down the tunnel

The Liverpool striker looked to have done serious damage to the Chelsea defender when he accidentally fell awkwardly on his knee during yesterday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

But Sportsmail revealed today that Terry is confident he will not be out for a long period and the Chelsea medical staff believe the injury looked worse than it is.

The message was retweeted more than 2,000 times on Twitter and 20,000 people 'liked' it on Facebook with more than 1,500 gushing comments from fans all over the world.

He does not appear to be shy about showing his sensitive side on social media.

In the past month he has sent two soppy messages out to his fans.

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Soppy: Suarez posted this soppy tweet to Terry, offering him 'hugs'

Soppy: Suarez posted this soppy tweet to Terry, offering him 'hugs'

Hobbling: Terry had a brace on his leg and walked with crutched before leaving Stamford Bridge

Hobbling: Terry had a brace on his leg and walked with crutched before leaving Stamford Bridge

In the mix again: Suarez later went on to equalise for Liverpool

In the mix again: Suarez later went on to equalise for Liverpool

One wished his wife Sofia a happy birthday, saying: 'Happy birthday my love!!!! Delfi and I love you so much!!!!'

And the other wished her a happy 10-year anniversary: 'Happy 10th anniversary!! 10 wonderful years together, thanks for being by my side. I love you!'

It is a different side to the 25-year-old who in a little under two years in England has been known for his nastier on-field actions.

He made a hand-gesture to Fulham fans in a defeat at Craven Cottage last season and was also banned for eight matches and fined 40,000 for being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Ecstasy to agony: Terry scored Chelsea's opener before the collision

Ecstasy to agony: Terry scored Chelsea's opener before the collision

Ecstasy to agony: Terry scored Chelsea's opener (left) before the collision left him on crutches (right)

FIVE MORE CRINGEWORTHY TWEETS

Storm: Carlton Cole (right)

CARLTON COLE (@Carlton9Cole)
The West Ham striker (right) found himself wholly amusing when he began to make a series of 'jokes' about immigration during England's 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana last year.

He tweeted: 'Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was trap! Hahahaha'.

Not content with that he added: 'The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St. George’s flag!'

And: 'Next friendly is gonna be Poland then Albania, government think their sly! I see it a mile away! Haha.'

It went on. He received a mass backlash from his followers, later deleted the tweets and was fined by the FA.

KEVIN PIETERSEN (@kevinpp24)
The England cricketer (below) showed how well he reacts to being dropped with a ranting tweet, seven hours before the official release of the team for the one-day and Twenty20 matches against Pakistan.

It read: 'Yep.. Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too.. it’s a f**k up!!'

The tweet even contradicted the comments he'd given in the official announcement saying he understood the decision.

STEPHANIE RICE (@ItsStephRice)
The Australian Olympic swimmer sent a homophobic message to all her followers during Australia's win over South Africa during the Tri-Nations rugby in 2010.

She tweeted: 'Suck on that fa**ots. Probs the best game I’ve ever seen!! Well done boys.'

She issued a tearful apology in a press conference and said she wasn't homophobic – but lost her Jaguar sponsorship deal and car that came with it.

Ill advised: Kevin Pietersen

NATHAN ECCLESTON (@NathanEccleston)
Former Liverpool youth-team player, who is now a Blackpool striker, on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorists attacks adopted an unusual stance – blaming a media conspiracy.

He tweeted: 'I ain’t going to say attack don’t let the media make u believe that was a terrorist that did it. #OTIS.'

At least he was taking an interest in world affairs.

LOLO JONES (@lolojones)
American hurdler Lolo Jones tweeted during the Olympics to her 189,000 followers at the time that her team-mates would start performing better in the 'gun shooting' competition.

She tweeted: 'USA Men's Archery lost the gold medal to Italy but that's ok, we are Americans… When's da Gun shooting competition'

This was eight days after one of the worst massacres in US history at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Hillsborough latest: FA apologise to families for 1989 disaster

We're deeply sorry: Bernstein issues FA apology to families of Hillsborough victims

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12:48 GMT, 13 September 2012

Hillsborough disaster report

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Football Association chairman David Bernstein has offered 'a full and unreserved apology' to all those affected by the Hillsborough disaster.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the events at the FA Cup semi-final 23 years ago revealed a police cover-up had taken place which had intended to shift blame for the disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, to the victims themselves.

Scroll down for the full FA statement

Always remembered: Fans leave tributes at the Shankly Gates on Wednesday

Always remembered: Fans leave tributes at the Shankly Gates on Wednesday

Emotional: Supporters of 'Justice for the 96' sing You'll Never Walk Alone during a vigil for the victims outside Liverpool's St George's Hall

Emotional: Supporters of 'Justice for the 96' sing You'll Never Walk Alone during a vigil for the victims outside Liverpool's St George's Hall

Statement from Football Association chairman David Bernstein following the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel:

On behalf of The Football Association, I would like to personally take this opportunity to make a statement following yesterday's (Wednesday's) findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

96 people lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest 23 years ago.

We are deeply sorry this tragedy occurred at a venue The FA selected.

This fixture was played in The FA's own competition, and on behalf of The Football Association I offer a full and unreserved apology and express sincere condolences to all of the families of those who lost their lives and to everyone connected to the City of Liverpool and Liverpool Football Club.

This should never have happened. Nobody should lose their lives when setting out to attend a football match and it is a matter of extreme regret and sadness that it has taken so long for these findings to be published and the truth to be told.

For 23 years the families have suffered unbearable pain and we have profound sympathy for them.

I would like to commend the professional work of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, while also recognising the tireless commitment shown by so many people in maintaining the fight for justice, particularly the family support groups.

The FA has cooperated fully with the Independent Panel throughout this process and has released all documentation in line with their requests. I would also like to make clear that we will of course fully cooperate with any further inquiry.

The FA and English football has changed immeasurably, and learnt many lessons in the last 23 years. Through advancements in safety and investment in facilities English football is now a much safer, more welcoming environment for supporters.

Landmark day: Hillsborough Family Support Group member Trevor Hicks speaks during a press conference at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday

Landmark day: Hillsborough Family Support Group member Trevor Hicks speaks during a press conference at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

The ground did not have a valid
safety certificate at the time of the match. Sheffield Wednesday have
apologised and on Thursday Bernstein followed suit.

He said in a statement: 'We are deeply sorry this tragedy occurred at a venue the FA selected.

'This fixture was played in the FA's
own competition, and on behalf of the Football Association I offer a
full and unreserved apology and express sincere condolences to all of
the families of those who lost their lives and to everyone connected to
the City of Liverpool and Liverpool Football Club.'

Solidarity: Staff at Everton's club shop decorated a Toffees kit with a message fort heir friends across Stanley park

Solidarity: Staff at Everton's club shop decorated a kit with a message for their friends across Stanley Park

Statement: The Hillsborough Independent Panel make public their findings

Statement: The Hillsborough Independent Panel make public their findings

Trevor Hicks, the chair of
Hillsborough families support group, had earlier called on the FA to
apologise over the disaster after their initial statement this morning
contained no such apology.

Hicks told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'Yes they should – the ground didn't have a safety certificate.'

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

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Freddie Fletcher, former Newcastle chief, dies

Former Newcastle chief Fletcher dies after battle with cancer

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UPDATED:

09:05 GMT, 28 August 2012

Freddie Fletcher, the man credited with restoring pride to Newcastle United in the 1990s, has died.

The 71-year-old was diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer in January, and died on Monday night.

RIP: Former Newcastle chief Freddie Fletcher has died after a battle with cancer

RIP: Former Newcastle chief Freddie Fletcher has died after a battle with cancer

Former Toon chairman, Sir John Hall, who worked with Freddie for 26 years was quoted in the local press.

He said: 'He was instrumental to the success of Newcastle United. It's sad to think we have lost a truly great friend. What he did behind the scenes was invaluable. My condolences go to his wife Margaret and family.'

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Sid Waddell dies: The "voice of darts" was 72

Darts in mourning as legendary commentator Sid Waddell passes away

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UPDATED:

12:18 GMT, 12 August 2012

Darts broadcaster Sid Waddell has died at the age of 72.

Waddell had been battling bowel cancer since last September and the news of his death was confirmed on Sunday.

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Voice of darts: Legendary commentator Sid Waddell has passed away

Voice of darts: Legendary commentator Sid Waddell has passed away

A statement from his manager Dick Allix
read: 'With great sadness, we announce that following a long illness,
broadcaster and author Sid Waddell died peacefully with all his family
around him late last night, Saturday August 11th, 2012.'

Waddell was a central part of Sky
Sports' coverage of PDC darts events since 1994 and was known for his
colourful and excitable commentary style, with his best-known lines
including “There's only one word for it – magic darts”.'

He also noted, while watching Eric
Bristow become world champion: 'When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he
cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to
conquer…Bristow's only 27.'

Waddell's other commentary work
included pool's Mosconi Cup, while he also made a one-off appearance as
the BBC National Lottery's 'Voice of the Balls'.

In addition, he has had 11 books
published and wrote the sport-based BBC children's programmes Jossy's
Giants and Sloggers, receiving a nomination for best scriptwriter from
the Writer's Guild of Great Britain for the latter.

Insight: Waddell offered superb knowledge of darts and spoke with humour

Insight: Waddell offered superb knowledge of darts and spoke with humour

Toon: Geordie Waddell was a Newcastle fan

Waddell conducting an interview

Former players and broadcasting colleagues queued up to pay tribute after news of Waddell's death.

Twice BDO World Championship finalist Bobby George wrote on Twitter: 'So sad to hear of the passing of the legend Sid Waddell or Sidly as I used to call him. Sincere condolences go out to the family x.'

Wayne Mardle, the 2003 World Matchplay runner-up, added: 'So so gutted, The legend Sid Waddell passed away last night. Thoughts are with his family right now.'

Sky Sports' Dave Clark, who worked with Waddell for many years, tearfully remembered his former colleague on Sky Sports News.

'He was the voice of darts,' said Clark. 'Darts isn't going to be the same without Sid Waddell.

'He had a child-like exuberance, he'd
be bouncing round like a young puppy in the commentary box, and mix
that with the intellect of Einstein.

'He was a brilliant man, a genius of the microphone – I'm going to miss my old mate, that's for sure.

Broad palate: As well as commentating, Waddell also wrote books

Broad palate: As well as commentating, Waddell also wrote books

'I know he's been really battling
this cancer for a long, long time and what I hear from the family is
it's a blessing that he's gone, but a tragedy.'

Another of the organisation's
presenters, Jeff Stelling, added: 'It's shattering news. Back when I was
working with him he made more of an impact than any of the players did.
He is totally irreplaceable.

'There has never been such a sports
commentator to make such an impact. He had a wonderful turn of phrase.
He was the leader of the gang and we were all in his gang.

'On the big occasion he was always
there – if he wasn't there it wasn't a big occasion. He was the doyen of
sports commentating.'

BBC Sport's Gary Lineker wrote on
Twitter: 'See that Sid Waddell has lost his fight with Cancer. He really
was the voice of his sport. A brilliant, witty, colourful commentator.'

In action: Waddell loved the game

In action: Waddell loved the game

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney Tweeted: 'Sad news to hear about sid waddell. Made darts so much better to watch. He will be missed. Legend. RIP SID'.

Tributes to Waddell extended beyond
sport, with former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott tweeting:
'Farewell to Sid Waddell – a man who did so much for darts and voiced so
many memorable moments. A double top bloke.'

Bristow told Sky Sports News: 'Sid was top dog wasn't he He's not going to be replaced, he was a one-off.

'I remember a game he was commentating on, Cliff Lazarenko was playing Jocky Wilson. Cliff was about 22 stone and Jocky was about 17 stone and he said they were two athletes. I just cracked up.'

A statement from Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis read: 'We all remember Sid's wonderful words, his great sense of humour and his passion for the sport he loved.

'Sid was a friend to all of us at Sky Sports, at the heart of our darts coverage since the early 1990s. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him deeply.

'Our thoughts are with Irene (his wife) and family at this very sad time.'

SOME OF THE GREAT WADDELL QUOTES

'That was like throwing three pickled onions into a thimble!'

'He's about as predictable as a wasp on speed.'

'Look at the man go, its like trying to stop a waterbuffalo with a pea-shooter.'

'The atmosphere is so tense, if Elvis walked in with a portion of chips, you could hear the vinegar sizzle on them.'

'That's the greatest comeback since Lazarus.'

'Big Cliff Lazarenko's idea of exercise is sitting in a room with the windows open taking the lid off something cool and fizzy.'

'As Freud said to Jung in Vienna, you can psych up too much for a darts match.'

'Bristow reasons; Bristow quickens; aaaaah Bristow!'

'Keith Deller's not just an underdog, he's an underpuppy!' – Deller would go on to win the 1983 World Championship final against Bristow with a 138 finish.

'He's as cool as a prized marrow!'

'He looks about as happy as a penguin in a microwave.'

'When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer….. Bristow's only 27.'

'The pendulum swinging back and forth like a metronome.'

'He's been burning the midnight oil at both ends.'

'That's like giving Dracula the keys to the blood bank'

'This lad has more checkouts than Tescos.'

'Even Hypotenuse would have trouble working out these angles.'

'Steve Beaton – The adonis of darts, what poise, what elegance – a true roman gladiator with plenty of hair wax.'

'Phil Taylor's got the consistency of a planet … and he's in a darts orbit!'

Jermain Defoe cousin dies

Defoe rocked by cousin's death: Spurs striker exits States tour to return home

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18:16 GMT, 26 July 2012

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Jermain Defoe has been given leave to return home from Tottenham's tour of the United States following the death of his cousin.

Hannah Defoe died while on holiday in St Lucia, it was revealed on the club's official website.

'Everyone at the club sends their sincere condolences to Jermain and his family and all our thoughts are with them at this sad time,' read a statement.

Tragedy: Defoe featured for Tottenham in the clash with LA Galaxy

Tragedy: Defoe featured for Tottenham in the clash with LA Galaxy

The tragedy struck just weeks after Defoe left the England camp during Euro 2012 following the death of his father.

Defoe returned to England during the tournament after his father Jimmy died following a long fight with throat cancer.

And the Spurs striker was rocked by the death of his half-brother Jade in 2009.

Jade Defoe, 26, fell into a coma following a street attack in Leytonstone, east London, and died in April 2009.

Heading home: Defoe will return to London after the death of his cousin

Heading home: Defoe will return to London after the death of his cousin

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Rashidi Yekini dies aged 48

African football great Yekini who scored Nigeria's first World Cup goal dies aged 48

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 5 May 2012

Former Nigeria striker Rashidi Yekini has died aged 48, the Confederation of African Football have announced.

Yekini, who scored Nigeria's first ever World Cup goal 1994, died suddenly in Ira, Nigeria.

The striker, who played for Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal, Greek giants Olympiacos and Spanish team Sporting Gijon, is best remembered for his goals at the World Cup in the United States.

Legend: Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria's first ever goal in World Cup football

Legend: Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria's first ever goal in World Cup football

Rest in peace: Yekini died aged 48

Rest in peace: Yekini died aged 48

He scored his country's first World Cup goal in a 3-0 win over Bulgaria. His celebration, running into the goal and clutching the netting was one of the tournaments most memorable images.

CAF president Issa Hayatou said: 'I remember him well – he was a solid attacker – it was so difficult to take the ball from him.

'His physical strength was impressive. His joviality made him an endearing character. He has made a mark on his generation and received recognition from the pantheon of African football.

'In these painful circumstances I want to send in my name and on behalf of all the executive committee and the entire African football family my deepest condolences to his people, the Nigerian Federation and all its supporters. May God bless his soul and comfort his family.'

Yekini, who was named African Footballer of the Year in 1993, was top scorer as Nigeria won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and also appeared at the 1998 World Cup

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Nick Zoricic dies in ski crash in World Cup

Ski star Zoricic dies after crash in World Cup event in Switzerland

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15:14 GMT, 10 March 2012

Canadian racer Nick Zoricic has died after crashing heavily in a World Cup skis cross event in Switzerland.

The International Ski Federation said Zoricic died at 12.35pm local time, 11.35am UK time, as a result of 'severe neurotrauma'.

Tragedy: Nick Zoricic is carried away by medics after his crash

Tragedy: Nick Zoricic is carried away by medics after his crash

Zoricic, 29, crashed into safety nets lining the side of the course after going wide over the final jump.

Television pictures showed Zoricic tumbling through the nets as his skis and poles were thrown clear.

Zoricic was treated on the course before being taken by helicopter to a hospital for further treatment. Organisers later abandoned the World Cup event.

Crash: Zoricic was a hugely talented skier

Crash: Zoricic was a hugely talented skier

An FIS statement read: 'Nick Zoricic
fell heavily just before the finish in the round of eight, crashing
directly into the safety netting and thereafter lying motionless.

'The
medical care from team doctors and Air Glacier followed immediately.
Despite reanimation, Zoricic died at 12.35 (Swiss time) as a result of
severe neurotrauma.

'The
organising committee, FIS and Swiss Ski express their deepest
condolences to the family and friends of Nick Zoricic and the Canadian
Ski Team.'

Top talent: Nick Zoricic competes during a ski cross event in Lake Placid in 2010

Top talent: Nick Zoricic competes during a ski cross event in Lake Placid in 2010

Max Gartner, president of Alpine Canada, said: 'Our thoughts are first and foremost with Nick's parents and his family.

'Nick was a very talented young ski racer and a great athlete who was much loved by his team-mates and fellow competitors. He will be greatly missed by all of us and the ski community as a whole.'

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Selorm Kuadey dies aged 24

Kuadey suicide rocks Sale as former Sharks wing dies aged 24

Former Sale Sharks wing Selorm Kuadey has died at the age of 24 after apparently taking his own life.

Kuadey spent five years with Sale before retiring due to injury in 2010.

He went on to achieve a first-class honours degree in human biology and infectious diseases, and had started a career outside rugby.

Shock: Selorm Kuadey has died at the age of 24

Shock: Selorm Kuadey has died at the age of 24

Sale said in a statement on Monday morning that the club was 'shocked and deeply saddened' to learn that Kuadey died last week.

Although he played for England Under 19s and England Under-20s, Ukraine-born Kuadey was never a first-team regular for Sale and injuries ended his chances of making progress in a rugby career.

Sale chief executive Mick Hogan said: 'Everyone at Sale Sharks passes their deepest sympathies to Selorm's family and friends at this very difficult and upsetting time.

'Selorm was a very popular young man and a wonderfully talented rugby player.

'We are devastated to learn about his tragic death and the club is offering our full support to his family, friends and former team mates during this deeply traumatic period.'

Damian Hopley, chief executive of the Rugby Players' Association, paid tribute to Kuadey, saying: 'We are all shocked to the core by this tragic news about Selorm.

'He was an outstanding professional and brilliant young man who was so popular and respected by his team-mates and peers across the game.

'On behalf of all the RPA members, we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this terrible time.'

Stephen Brown, the acting chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, expressed sorrow at the loss of the former England age-group player.

Brown said: 'Selorm was a popular young man who won the respect of his peers and impressed everyone he came into contact with while representing England. He will be greatly missed by the rugby community and our thoughts are with his family and friends at such a sad time.'

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Jorge Martinez Boero dies Dakar Rally

Tragedy strikes motorsport again as Boero suffers cardiac arrest during Dakar Rally

Argentinian motorcyclist Jorge Martinez Boero has died after a crash on the opening stage of the Dakar Rally.

The 38-year-old, who was competing in the event for only the second time, fell during the stage between the Argentinian cities of Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa and suffered a cardiac arrest.

A statement on the rally's official website confirmed that medical staff reached him by helicopter five minutes later but Boero died on his way to a hospital.

Tragic: Jorge Martinez Boero died after crashing during the first stage

Tragic: Jorge Martinez Boero died after crashing during the first stage

The statement concluded: 'The organisers of the rally offer their heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.'

Chile's Francisco Lopez heads the motorcycle standings after the first stage, having had to battle back from multiple fractures sustained in the Rally of Tunisia to even take the start line. Marc Coma and Javier Pizzolito complete the podium on two wheels.

Leonid Novitskiy leads the car category ahead of Mini team-mates Krzysztof Holowczyc and Stephane Peterhansel, while Sergio La Fuente leads the quad standings and Marcel van Vliet the truck category.