England stars support fundraising campaign for amateur player who tragically died after collapsing on pitch

Robshaw is among those who has supported the fundraising campaign for De Four (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

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England stars are supporting the fundraising campaign in honour of an amateur rugby player who tragically died after collapsing on the pitch.

Shawnton de Four left behind a wife and 14-month-old twins following his death, which occurred as the 34-year-old represented his rugby club Old Emanuel.

Chris Robshaw, Maro Itoje and Jamie George are among those who have come together to raise over £15,000 towards a £20,000 target for the Shawnton de Four Dependants' Fund.

Robshaw tweeted: "Please support Shawnton's young family after the tragic news if you can. Thank you."

Shawnton de Four tragically passed away on the rugby pitch (Photo: xxxxxxxx)

Former British and Irish Lions star Ugo Monye also offered support, writing: "Shawton sadly passed away playing rugby at the wknd leaving behind a wife & 14 month old twins. pls support his family if u can"

De Four played in the front row for his club's first and second XVs.

He was described as a valued member of the local rugby community.

Harlequins also sent their best wishes to the family and friends of De Four.

A statement from the Aviva Premiership side read: "Harlequins is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Shawnton de Four, who collapsed while playing on Saturday for Old Emanuel Rugby Club, a club for whom he was a key member.

"Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are with his wife, family, friends and all of his team-mates during this difficult time."

  • To donate to the Shawnton de Four Dependants' Fund, visit the JustGiving page

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