Heartbreak as young rugby player with “big future ahead of him” dies suddenly

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a model rugby player who had a “bright future ahead of him” after his sudden death.

Peter Skeggs was described as a “lovely young man” by people who took to Facebook to pay their respects, Cornwall Live reports.

The teenager had been a rugby player at St Ives RFC – known as the Hakes – for two years.

In a tribute on Facebook, the club said Peter will be “sadly missed”.

It wrote: “It is with our deepest regret that we are to announce the death of young Peter Skeggs.

“Peter a member of St Ives RFC for many many years will be sadly missed.

“Peter had a very bright future ahead of him on and off the rugby field.

“Having made his debut for the Hakes in the 2015/16 promotion season Peter was a much liked member of the squad.

Peter Skeggs was a “young and talented” player at St Ives RFC

“The announcement to the squad last night was a shock to say the least.

“It is fair to say this season will definitely be one dedicated to Peter.

“He will always be in our hearts and a member of our Hakes Family. Once a Hake always a Hake.”

Last night the Hakes held their very first game of the season which they said would be an “emotional” event for the team.

They held a minute silence before the game in Peter’s honour, and will do the same when the Hakes have their first home game of the season.

Friends, team members and school mates have all paid tribute to the young lad.

His former headteacher Joanne Dean wrote on Facebook: “I just can’t take this in. I saw Peter not long ago and we had a good chat.

“I was really struck by what a lovely young man he was and so pleased that he wanted to talk to his old headteacher.

“My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to his family. I will be thinking of you all.”

Brian Richards added: “So sorry for your loss. I can’t even think of what the whole family is going through.

“Being a dad myself I hope time will somehow heal and you can all move on to happier…

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