This is the first photo of the tragic 14-year-old rugby player who died following a ‘freak accident’ during a match.
Evan Hawksworth was taken ill during the under-14s game between Stanley Rangers and Batley Boys on Sunday but died on Tuesday.
Following the game, a JustGiving page was set up by the Rugby Football League Benevolent Fund with all the proceeds going to Evan’s family. So far more than £9,000 has been raised. Meanwhile, Stanley Rangers said numerous prizes have been donated which will be raffled off tonight for an event to celebrate Evan’s life.
Starting at 6pm, it will be held at Stanley Rangers’ ground, off Lee Moor Road. Prizes include a rugby ball signed by Bradford Bulls and a pair of signed gloves from former boxing champion, Chris Eubank.
Evan was originally taken to Pinderfields Hospital before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary. Support began to come in for the youngster, with Tweets from Wakefield Trinity, Castleford Tigers and Leeds-born model Nell McAndrew plus the global rugby community. But the news everyone had been dreading filtered through on Tuesday afternoon.
His school, The Rodillian Academy, said he was known for being an outstanding sportsman, having captained his rugby union team from year seven onwards. He was also selected to be part of the year-eight county cup final rugby squad when he was only in year seven, and picked up several awards, including the school’s Sports Personality of the Year this year.