Tributes have been paid to a British-born Irish rugby star who was killed in a road traffic accident in Rome last week.
Brendan Lynch, a former member of the Irish Under-19 squad died after being knocked off his moped in the early morning rush hour on January 28.
The 26-year-old had recently moved to the Italian city where he played with Capitolina, Rome’s main Rugby Club. He also worked for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Mr Lynch was born in Rotherham, west Yorkshire where he played with local side Rotherham Rugby Club for whom he made five first team appearances (and scored one try) before moving to Ireland.
He lined out for the Irish Under-19 squad during the 2005 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.
A spokesperson for the Irish Rugby Football Union said: “We would like to pass on their deepest condolences to the family of Brendan Lynch.
"The news of his sudden passing is a shock to those players and coaches who knew him from his time playing Ireland at underage level whom he represented in the IRB under-19 World Cup in 2005 in South Africa.”
Rotherham Titans Chairman Nick Cragg stated, “Clearly we are very upset at the loss of Brendan Lynch. Brendan was a key part of our playing squad during our first season at Rotherham Rugby Club. More importantly Brendan was a lovely young man, who shared our values and those of our wonderful game. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Brendan’s family and friends.”