A young County Durham rugby player died on Christmas Eve after suffering a ‘devastating head injury’.

Wolsingham man Rory Cramb died on December 24 after spending several days in intensive care following a fall.

He featured in the team for his side Tynedale Rugby Club just a week prior on December 16.

Posting on social media the club said his family’s world had been turned upside down.

The post said: “We are extremely saddened to announce the tragic death of Rory Cramb, a much-loved player, member, and friend of the Tynedale Rugby Club family.

“Following a fall, Rory suffered a devastating head injury and after several days in hospital under intensive care, he sadly passed away on Christmas Eve.

“A very popular young man, Rory developed as a talented centre through the junior section at Tynedale and frequently represented the club at both 1st XV and Raiders level.

“His last game was against Billingham on the 16th of December where he was prominent in a fine win.

“Our hearts, minds and prayers go out to Suzy, Richard and all of Rory’s family and friends whose worlds have been turned upside down by their loss.”

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National League Rugby added it was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of his death.

The post prompted an outpouring of love for the youngster with many paying their condolences to his family. Other local rugby clubs also expressed their upset at the news.

Newcastle Falcons said: “Absolutely tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rory’s family and friends, and all at Tynedale RFC.”