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Boy dies after rugby match collapse

A schoolboy has died after collapsing while playing rugby for his school in Co Antrim.

Ben Robinson, a Year 11 pupil at Carrickfergus Grammar School, was playing a match in the school grounds on Saturday morning.

He died in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

The school described him as a vivacious and highly popular pupil with a broad smile and a great sense of humour.

"Ben brought heart to everything he did, and that was very evident in how well he played for the school on Saturday morning," said a statement from the board of governors on behalf of staff and pupils.

"His parents have every right to be deeply proud of him. Ben's loss will obviously be felt keenly by many, many pupils throughout the school, but most especially by his older sister, Holly, whom we shall all be doing our utmost to support.

"We have arranged for counselling to be made available and our pastoral care team will make it their priority to help pupils through these tragic days and the weeks and months beyond.

"We shall also be opening a book of condolence so that staff and pupils have the chance to convey to Ben's family their deep regrets and yet many happy memories of a boy who brought so much to his life."

Ben was playing in a Medallion Shield game when he collapsed.

The Ulster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union said: "The heartfelt condolences of the IRFU Ulster Branch and the entire rugby fraternity are extended to Ben's parents, family and all at Carrickfergus Grammar School at this time."

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