Oundle Rugby Club has paid tribute to a former player who died in an accident while on holiday.
Andy Hitchborn died last week after a motorcycle accident in France.
Club chairman David Dales described Andy as a ‘first team lynchpin loved by everyone at the club’.
He said: “Andy was a well-respected and jovial character and a great prop for every side he represented.
“He was a real stalwart and had steel about him with a real heartiness to go with it.
“We have talked about holding a wake for him after his funeral as he was a club legend and will be sorely missed.”
The club held a minute’s silence in his memory across the junior and senior teams last weekend.
Andy was a well-respected plumber in Oundle and played for the club for many years.
A club statement read: “We are sure there are many great memories that can be recalled of his exploits and how he made everyone confident with him on their side.
“Off the field he was generous, witty, had an infectious fun manner and brought life to every occasion.
“All our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”