Tributes pour in after sudden death of young rugby player Peter Skeggs from St Ives – Cornwall Live

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Tributes have been pouring in for a young rugby player who has died suddenly.

St Ives RFC – known as Hakes – led the tributes to Peter Skeggs, who died this week.

The talented rugby player had been a member of the club for many years.

In a heartfelt tribute on its Facebook page, the club said Peter had a very bright future ahead of him on and off the rugby field.

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The club said Peter, a former pupil at St Ives School, made his debut for the Hakes in the 2015/16 promotion season and was a much-liked member of the squad.

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

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

“The announcement to the squad 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.”

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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 times bless all concerned and condolences to all the family.”

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Antony Stevens also wrote: “So sorry to read this. Scored his last try against my Stevens XV. Lovely boy. So talented. So quick. So very sad. RIP my ansom.”

Fellow team member Lerryn Bishop said: “RIP Pete. It was a pleasure to play along side you for Cornwall rest easy buddy.”

Joan Freeman said: “R.I.P Peter. Malcolm and I are thinking of Helen, Paul, Michael and all of the family at this sad time.”

The club posted the tragic news on the night it was due to play its first game of the season at Penryn RFC.

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A minute’s silence was held before the game in memory of Peter and another one will also be held during the Hakes’ first home game next weekend.

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