TRIBUTES have been paid to a former professional rugby player and Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil who has died, aged 24.
Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil who has died, aged 24.
Selorm Kuadey joined Greater Manchester club Sale Sharks in 2005 straight from school, the winger making 16 appearances for the Premiership side before being forced to retire in 2010 on medical advice.
Last year Kuadey gained a first class Honours Degree in Human Biology and Infectious Diseases and was recently a business manager for an orthotics company.
His body was discovered at his family home in Fulwood on January 3. He is believed to have taken his own life.
Kuadey, born in Ukraine, represented England at Under-20 level and was part of the England Sevens squad during the 2006-2007 season.
Sale chief executive Mick Hogan said: “Everyone at Sale Sharks passes their deepest sympathies to Selorm’s family and friends at this very difficult and upsetting time.
“Selorm was a very popular young man and a wonderfully talented rugby player.
“We are devastated to learn about his tragic death and the club is offering our full support to his family, friends and former team mates during this deeply traumatic period.”
England World Cup winner Jason Robinson said on Twitter: “So sad to hear about the death of a former Sale Sharks winger and team mate Selorm Kuadey. Thoughts and prayers go to his family at this time.”
Ben Cohen, another member of the 2003 World Cup winning side and former Sale team mate of Kuadey’s, posted on his Facebook page: “Last week I lost a good friend Selorm Kuadey. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult and sad time. Selorm, take care wherever you are buddy. Ben.”
The Rugby Player’s Association CEO Damian Hopley said: “We are all shocked to the core by this tragic news about Selorm. He was an outstanding professional and brilliant young man who was so popular and respected by his team mates and peers across the game. On behalf of all the RPA members, we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this terrible time.”