Club Mourns Players’ Death

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The sad news has reached the club of the death during the night of popular prop Raymond Higgins.

Ray, in his forties,  had been playing for the Hornets in their match against Penrith 3rds on Saturday 31st January.

Club Secretary David Morton summed up the feelings of the club when he said,

“Ray was a great family man and his dry humour around the place will be sorely missed. There was nothing Ray enjoyed more than playing in the same team as his son, Steve.

Steve Higgins was playing at fly half for the Hornets in the same match.

Other news:

Martin Burnett, who was playing as a replacement in the senior XV match at Gateshead.  Had his contribution limited when he had to leave the field with an arm injury later diagnosed as broken.

News also filtered through, that Mike Rawling, who had  been playing for the Hornets against Penrith 3rds, had been taken to hospital after a collision in the first minute of the game.

Mike was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary for emergency treatment and subsequently transferred to Newcastle for further investigation.  Fortunately though, news on Sunday morning was that Mike was making progress and prognosis is good.

Success on the rugby field pales into insignificance when tragic events overtake a community.

The thoughts of all at Carlisle RFC are with the families of Ray and Mike and we will do everything we can to help them in their hour of need and beyond.