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Friday 17 August 2018

Rugby boss Kidney in tribute to tragic Ben

IRELAND rugby coach Declan Kidney has led tributes to a schoolboy who died after he collapsed during a game.

Ben Robinson (14) was playing a Medallion Shield school rugby game at the weekend when he fell ill after making a tackle.

He was rushed to hospital in Belfast but died in intensive care.

Declan Kidney said, on behalf of the whole squad and management, that he wished to "pass on heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Robinson family on the passing away of Ben".

"It is every parent's nightmare," he said. "The thoughts of the coaches and players are with them. Everything else is secondary compared to something like this."

The Carrickfergus Grammar School principal Kieran Mulvenna said that the year-11 pupil would be "sorely missed" by staff and fellow pupils.

"I had the pleasure of teaching Ben for a number of years and he was bright, bubbly and enthusiastic -- a pleasure to have in the class," he said.

Ben has an older sister Holly, and the school were taking measures to ensure support for her and other pupils.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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