Tributes have been held on the rugby pitch for the late Kyle Mason at the Royal Navy’s first game of the season against Oxford University.
The match came just days after the player’s passing and his team-mates paid their respects with a minute’s silence before the game.
The Navy team did Mason proud on the pitch too with a comfortable 17-7 victory in Portsmouth.
Eldin Myers, Matt Bowden and Jarrad Hayler scored the tries after Oxford took an early lead through John Henry.
However, for the players, they had one thing on their mind and that was their friend Kyle Mason.
“I’ve known Kyle for at least ten to 12 years,” said Royal Navy Rugby Chairman, Commander Andy Kellett.
“It was as his coach originally, then Director of Rugby and now Chairman. It really is difficult for those players.
“They are hurting inside but they know, actually, that playing rugby and pulling that Navy shirt on is what Kyle was all about."
Navy captain Leading Physical Trainer Ben Priddey echoed Kellett’s thoughts.
He said: “It’s been a tough few days for the players and It’ll take a long time to get over it.
"I think potentially me and him played our first games together here 12 years ago.
“He was a great character, a great person around the lads and will probably be known throughout Navy rugby forever to be fair.
“He’s always in the back of my mind. I try not to be too emotional but he’s a top boy. The minute’s silence was pretty tough.”