Aylesbury Rugby Club pays tribute to Wheatley player who dropped dead during match

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Aylesbury Rugby Club has paid tribute to a Wheatley player who died while preparing to take a kick in their South West Division Bucks and Oxon Championship match against Crowthorne (Broadmoor Staff).

Jason Laman, 42, fell to the ground at the club near Thame as he prepared to take a kick during a match against Broadmoor Staff’s competitive team, Crowthorne on Saturday afternoon.

The father of three was given first aid and taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where he died.

Club chairman Peter Ramsdale said Laman was a very popular member of the club and had been a player there for 20 years.

Friends paid tribute to their team mate on the club’s Facebook page, calling him a “total legend” and “cracking player”.

Laman was just about to take a conversion kick but as he walked up he collapsed to the ground.

The player leaves behind a wife, three children and three step-children.

And as the rugby community rallies around in the wake of the tragic death, Aylesbury Rugby Club are the latest to pay their own tribute on social networking site Twitter: “Thoughts & condolences for the family and friends of Jason Laman #WheatleyRFC who died yesterday playing the game we all love. #rugbyfamily.”