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Bournemouth Rugby Club pays tribute to player

Sam Yarwood
Image caption Sam Yarwood was the club's top scorer this season

Players at Bournemouth Rugby Club have paid tribute to a team-mate who died in a canoeing accident.

Sam Yarwood, 22, was canoeing the length of three lakes with a friend in the Lake District when he is believed to have capsized in choppy waters while on Ullswater.

He was recovered from the water at the southern end of the lake after the alarm was raised early on Wednesday.

The club's chairman said his fellow players were "stunned" by his death.

Mr Yarwood was pronounced dead after being airlifted to hospital.

His friend in the two-man racing kayak also got into difficulties, but managed to make his way to the shore.

Mr Yarwood, from Poole, joined the Bournemouth Lions in 2010. He was the club's record try-scorer this season.

The club's chairman, Denis Eveleigh, said: "It is appalling to lose someone so young and in the full flush of youth and has left everyone at the club stunned.

"We offer our deepest condolences to Sam's family and all of his many friends."

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