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Dumfries rugby player dies in Dublin

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Dumfries rugby player dies in Dublin

A MAN from Dumfries has died while playing rugby in Dublin.

David Hill, 30, was fatally injured during a game between the Scottish Parliament rugby team and Dail and Seanad in Ireland on Saturday.

His father Rodger, who works for Dumfries and Galloway Council, said his son was ‘rugby daft’ and died doing something he loved.

Sharing the sad news on Twitter. He wrote: “I can’t believe I am writing this. My amazing son David passed away today playing rugby in Dublin for the Scottish Parliament. He was the best and the pain is unbearable. We are broken.”

And there have been tributes from across the political divide.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This is so terribly sad. My deepest condolences to David’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross added: “Our whole party is shocked and saddened by David’s tragic passing. He was a kind, generous, well liked and highly respected part of our team We will all miss him dearly.

“All our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

David was a former pupil of St Joseph’s College in Dumfries and played for Dumfries Saints.

He worked for Tory MSP Jamie Greene at Holyrood and has previously campaigned with Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell.

  • David is pictured above, right, with Gregor Townsend. Photo: Holyrood Rugby

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