Batley ace Archie Bruce died of asphyxiation

Drew Darbyshire

A post-mortem examination has found that Batley half-back Archie Bruce died of asphyxiation.

The 20-year-old was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday morning – just hours after making his debut for Championship side Batley against Toulouse on Saturday night.

French authorities carried out a post-mortem on Monday and more tests are still being carried out. Asphyxiation is being deprived of or having a lack of oxygen.

The Rugby Football League Benevolent Fun has created a JustGiving page in Bruce’s name, which has already raised more than £6,000 in donations. To donate, click here.

The Bulldogs and amateur club Dewsbury Moor have released the ACB9 shirt, with all profits going to the RFL Benevolent Fund.

The half and half jersey is priced at £25, with all profits going towards the Benevolent Fund.

Toulouse have also confirmed that out of respect for the Bruce family, the club will not publish any video footage from the game.

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