Rugby-fan death: Jersey Reds to show respect with minute’s applause

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JERSEY REDS will stage a minute’s applause before their Championship clash against Ealing Trailfinders, following the death of a supporter who collapsed during last weekend’s fixture at Hartpury.

The Islanders were awarded a bonus-point victory after just 73 minutes of play in Gloucestershire on Saturday, as they led 40-31 when the referee abandoned the game so that Dale Smith, a local rugby fan, could receive emergency treatment on the sidelines. He later passed away, surrounded by his family.

The RFU are also encouraging clubs across the country to hold a minute’s applause in memory of Jack Jeffrey, the Evesham RFC player who died following an incident during a match taking place on the same day.

Jersey, currently second in the Championship, host third-placed Ealing at Stade Santander at 3pm.

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