RUGBY clubs around Devon are being asked to hold a minute’s applause this weekend in memory of Brixham and Royal Navy player Kyle Mason.

The 33-year-old, who passed away earlier this week, was the Navy’s most capped front-row forward, earned Combined Services honours and also played international rugby for Malta.

As well as Brixham, Mason also had spells at Newton Abbot, Plymouth Albion, Devonport Services and Ivybridge as a junior.

In a statement Devon RFU’s Maureen Jackson said: “It is with deep regret that we inform all clubs in Devon of the passing of Kyle Mason.

“Kyle was a regular first team player with Brixham Rugby Club and a member of the Royal Navy Rugby Team. He previously played at Plymouth Albion Rugby Club.

“He has been described as a true gentleman, an all-round good guy, one of the nicest guys in rugby.

“The rugby fraternity has suffered a huge loss.

“Devon RFU are requesting, to show rugby solidarity and as a mark of respect for Kyle, that clubs will hold a minute’s applause prior to kick off at their games this weekend.

“Our sincerest condolences go to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

A memorial service is to be held at Plymouth Albion Rugby Club on February 21, time to be confirmed.

Brixham’s players have agreed to go ahead with Saturday’s game against Weston-super-Mare as planned and they hope to honour him on the day.

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