Scott Carson, pictured, was been found dead on the family farm near Gatehouse of Fleet on Tuesday.
And tributes have been flowing in for the 22-year-old who played for Stewartry Rugby Club and who had been celebrating the club being crowned champions of BT West Division 2 only 72 hours earlier.
It was then that Scott, who has come up through the ranks at the club, was named ‘man of the match’.
The Stewartry ran in 62 points against Cumbernauld at Greenlaw on Saturday afternoon and Scott scored two of the tries.
Scott’s body was found on the family farm at Drummuckloch, about a mile from Gatehouse of Fleet. His parents John and Helen and family are believed to have started a search in the morning and made the grim discovery.
Club president Eric Fenwick described Scott as a real ‘warrior’ for the club: “He was one of the best players that the club had and one of the best prospects for many a long year.
“He was very popular with all the boys, the coaches and a real hard-working lad. It’s just such a shock and I can’t believe that it has happened.
“I can’t begin to imagine how his family must feel, it must be awful.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and the Procurator Fiscal has been informed.”