Country Rugby League are mourning the loss of Gundagai Tigers Lui Polimeni, who passed away whilst playing the sport at the age of 15.
Terry Quinn, Country Rugby League CEO, has already passed on his condolences to the Polimeni family and his closest friends following the fatal injury that was suffered over the weekend.
“On behalf of Country Rugby League, we would like to offer our deepest sympathies and support to everyone affected by the tragic loss of Lui Polimeni,” he said.
“This is a truly tragic event that has broken the heart of the Rugby League family and we need to band together for everyone in this time of grief.”
Gundagai Tigers Vice-President Steve Rose also spoke about the loss of Lui, and said that the 15 year-old was popular throughout the club.
“Lui was a very enthusiastic player who always gave 100% in everything he did,” Rose said.
“He and his family only joined the club this year and are well loved by everyone. They attend every game and even though they’ve only been here a short time, it feels as if they’ve been here forever.
“Lui was very popular among his teammates and was an absolute credit to his family. We’re all doing it pretty tough down here at the moment and his teammates will miss him greatly.”
Lui’s family have also released the following statement following the passing of Lui Polimeni.
“Lui loved his footy. Lui loved the Tigers. Lui loved his mates and his teammates. Lui gave his best every time he player,” they said.