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A serviceman based at RAF Marham has died after sustaining a head injury during an inter-services rugby league match.

Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Scott Stevenson, who was 25, was hurt in an Inter-Services match on Friday.

Having been reported to be in a critical but stable condition in hospital over the weekend, the news of his death was confirmed by the base this evening.

RAF Marham serviceman Scott Stevenson, who has died following injuries sustained in an inter-services rugby league match (16742295)
RAF Marham serviceman Scott Stevenson, who has died following injuries sustained in an inter-services rugby league match (16742295)

Posts on its Twitter feed said: "It is with deep regret that the Station Commander of Royal Air Force Marham confirms the death of Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Scott Stevenson.

"Scott was a very popular member of the Royal Air Force Marham community and a Fullback for the Royal Air Force Rugby League 1st team.

"Scott will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts remain with Scott’s family."

Scott was playing for the RAF against the Army at Aldershot when he was injured. He had also played for the Boston Buccaneers club in Lincolnshire.

They tweeted this evening: "Saddened to learn of the loss of one of life’s good guys. Condolences to Scotty’s family and friends at this time. He will be remembered and missed by all of his Buccaneer family."

United Kingdom Armed Forces Rugby League said it was "deeply saddened by the devastating news" of Scott's death.

It added: "SAC Stevenson was an extremely talented player and popular teammate within the UKAFRL squad.

"His passing is a terrible loss to the Armed Forces Rugby League Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, teammates and colleagues at this sad time.

"United Kingdom Armed Forces Rugby League are working closely with Army Rugby League, Royal Air Force Rugby League and the RFL to support all those affected by the incident."

The body said it was in discussions with Scott's family and both the RAF and Royal Navy teams to determine whether a fixture scheduled for later this week will go ahead or not.

Meanwhile, the Rugby Football League, the sport's governing body in Britain, says it has also offered support to Scott's family through the sport's benevolent fund.

Its chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “This is tragic and heartbreaking news, and I know everyone involved in the game will join me in sending deepest condolences to Scott’s family and friends, and to all involved in Rugby League in the RAF and the other services.”

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