TRIBUTES have been paid to a former RGC star who died aged 27.

Ian Williams, who was part of the Gogs’ side that achieved promotion to the Principality Premiership, collapsed during a training session for Doncaster Knights on Wednesday, February 20.

A statement from the Knights, said: “It is with great sadness that Doncaster RFC announces the passing of prop forward Ian Williams.

“Ian collapsed at training at Castle Park this morning and, despite the best efforts of the emergency response team, could not be resuscitated.

“Ian joined the Club in summer 2017 from Rotherham Titans and quickly became a well-liked member of the Knights squad making six appearances for the Club.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Ian’s mother Pippa, father Phillip and sister Helen and are working with a counselling team in the best interest of Ian’s teammates.

“Details of Ian’s funeral will be posted once known.”

RGC’s Twitter page also sent a message of condolences, which read: “Our thoughts are with Ian's family and friends at this time from everyone associated with RGC.”

Born in Chichester, Williams went to Sherborne School before attending Swansea University. While he was at university in Wales he played for Bridgend, Swansea and London Welsh.

He won three Blues for Oxford at Twickenham, helping them to beat arch-rivals Cambridge in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He scored a try in the 43-6 triumph in 2014.

In 2016 he moved to Rotherham Titans before joining Doncaster Knights last summer. Oxford University have postponed their scheduled fixture against the Penguins at Iffley Road today (Wednesday) as a mark of respect.