Tributes pour in after rugby player who lost arm and shoulder to cancer dies

13 November 2019, 08:19

Tributes: James Addyman, 23, has lost his battle with cancer
Tributes: James Addyman, 23, has lost his battle with cancer. Picture: Twitter/Leeds Rhinos

By Asher McShane

Tributes have been pouring in for a rugby player who has died after losing his battle with an aggressive form of bone cancer.

James Addyman, 23, died after succumbing to an aggressive form of bone cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2017.

He played for Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL). He was described by the club as an “influential player” during the inaugural season of the side’s first PDRL team. He carried on playing despite losing his arm and shoulder to the disease.

James also played for Carlisle and Keswick seconds and was named a local hero after he abseiled down the side of a hotel to raise money for cancer.

Phil Caplan, Chairman of Leeds Rhinos Foundation said: “James was a wonderful player and ambassador, who epitomised everything that was best about PDRL. Admired by all who had the privilege of watching him score some sensational tries, he was an absolute inspiration to his team-mates who loved having him around the dressing room.”

The team will retire the number four shirt in James’ honour.

Keswick Rugby club wrote online: “”It’s with deep sadness we have to announce the death of one of our senior players, James Addyman. “Finally losing his battle with illness which he fought with great dignity, bravery and fortitude. In the very same way he played the game. James was a inspiration to us all

Carlisle Rugby wrote: “Devastated to hear the sad news that James Addyman passed away earlier. A courageous young man who'll be sorely missed by all here at Carlisle and the wider rugby community.”