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Tributes paid to rugby player Stephen Edwards

Stephen Edwards Image copyright Gosford All Blacks
Image caption Stephen Edwards played for Kidlington-based Gosford All Blacks during the 2013/14 season

A rugby club has paid tribute to an "outstanding young man" who died after a crash in Bermuda.

Stephen Edwards, 19, who played for Kidlington-based Gosford All Blacks during the 2013/14 season, died after a motorcycle accident on 30 December, the club said.

Club chairman David Hipkiss said: "This is a terrible loss of a young man with his whole future ahead of him.

"He was an outstanding individual. He will be sorely missed by all."

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Image caption Stephen was due to study law at the University of Sussex

Head coach Matt Watts said Mr Edwards, originally from Bermuda, played for the club while he stayed with family in Kidlington during his A Level studies.

He said Mr Edwards was due to study law at the University of Sussex.

"He had so much class and charisma," Mr Watts said.

"He was very, very talented."

The club has arranged a book of condolence, which will be sent to Mr Edwards' family.

A statement on the club's website said Stephen was known by his rugby friends as The Prince and had won the Gosford All Blacks Young Player of the Year award.

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