Library image of Senior Aircraftman Scott Stevenson playing for the RAF (Picture: RAF News).
An RAF rugby league player has died at the age of 25.
Senior Aircraftman (Technician) Scott Stevenson was an aircraft technician, based at RAF Marham, and played full-back for the Royal Air Force and UK Armed Forces.
SAC Stevenson’s family announced the news of his death on Facebook, alongside a tribute from RAF Marham, who described him as a very popular member of their community adding he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He played in an Inter Services match against the Army at Aldershot on Friday night, but was stretchered off in the second half after being injured.
United Kingdom Armed Forces Rugby League (UKAFRL) described him as "an extremely talented player and popular teammate".
SAC Stevenson was picked to represent UKAFRL at the World Cup in Australia in 2017 but was injured shortly before the team departed.
He said at the time that "the opportunity to represent the UKAFRL in Australia, is without a doubt my greatest achievement I’ve done since I started playing rugby when I was eight."
In a statement, SAC Stevenson's family said: "It is important to us that everyone knows Scott suffered no pain, stress or discomfort.
"Scott loved his job, loved life, and loved his rugby and we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes and the camaraderie shown by the Rugby League world," they continued.
"We are genuinely touched by just how many peoples’ lives Scott influenced and how much he meant to so many."
A decision on whether the RAF will play their final game against the Royal Navy this coming Friday, is expected later this week.