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A rugby player has died 18 days after being injured when she was tackled in a match, the third woman to be fatally injured while playing in the last eight years.
Maddy Lawrence, who played full-back for the University of the West of England women’s rugby team in Bristol, died on Friday.
She was playing for the club’s second team against Bristol University on March 7 when she was injured while being tackled on March 7.
The 20-year-old, known as Twinkle Toes, was taken to hospital but died on March 25.
The club paid tribute to the ‘bubbly’ winger in an Instagram post, writing: “Every time she smiled and laughed you couldn’t help but smile and laugh with her.”
They are retiring her jersey number 11 as a mark of respect and will hold a fundraiser later this week to pay for her funeral.
UWE Women’s Rugby posted
A teammate said: ‘Honestly, he was the nicest person I’ve ever met.’
He added that Ms. Lawrence was a freshman living in dorms and started playing rugby last year.
UWE Women’s Rugby posted: ‘Celebrating the life of **Maddy ‘Twinkle toes’ Lawrence** who sadly left us too soon on 25th March.
‘Maddy exemplified what it means to be a UWE women’s rugby player, ‘approaching’ each new skill with enthusiasm.
‘She proudly represented our club both on and off the rugby pitch, growing up in the sport and in our rugby family.
‘Maddy was a bubbly girl who was so much fun to be around. Every time she smiled and laughed, you couldn’t help but smile and laugh with her.
‘That was the kind of player, friend, sister and daughter that Maddy was. Her eternal energy has left a mark on this club, she will always be our number 11 and she will always be our friend.
‘We will retire the number 11 shirt in honor and memory of Maddy. Rest in peace our beautiful girl.
There have also been tributes from across the rugby world, including the Rugby Football Union.
In a tweet, the RFU said: “On behalf of everyone at the RFU, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Maddy Lawrence.
A UWE Bristol spokesperson said: “Everyone in the UWE Bristol community is deeply shocked and saddened by the death of our student and talented UWE women’s rugby player, Maddy Lawrence.
‘We would like to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to Maddy’s family, friends and team-mates at this very difficult time.
“Fellow students, university staff and members of the UWE Bristol sporting community affected by this tragic news can access a full range of university support services offered by our Welfare Service or can contact the Samaritans helpline. “.
Tom Monks, Director of the UWE Women’s Rugby Union, added: ‘It was an absolute pleasure coaching Maddy. She wanted to learn and appreciated every opportunity to play that her dedication warranted.
“The unity and camaraderie of this year’s team is the strongest I have felt in my 20 years as a coach and Maddy’s beaming smile and warmth embodied the incredible bond we have.”
Maddy Lawrence Quick and Facts
- Maddy Lawrence, winger for UWE Bristol Women’s Rugby, passed away on Friday
- She was reportedly playing against Bristol University on March 7 at time of injury
- The first year student was taken to hospital but died 18 days later on March 25
- Paying tribute, co-player said: ‘She was honestly the nicest person I’ve ever met’