Hereford & Worcester

Hagley funeral for rugby death schoolboy

The funeral has taken place of a Worcestershire schoolboy who died after collapsing during a rugby match in Worcestershire.

Luke Chapman, 15, from Haybridge High School in Hagley, died on 20 March while taking part in a game against Kidderminster's Baxter College.

His funeral was held at St John's Church, in the grounds of Hagley Hall.

Pupils from his school lined the streets of the village as the funeral cortege passed.

The Reverend Richard Newton, rector of Hagley, said tributes were paid to Luke at the service by his family and a member of staff from his school.

Image caption Luke Chapman had been taking part in a game against Baxter College

He said that some students had written a poem dedicated to their classmate for the service.

He added: "Although it's a very sad occasion we can celebrate his short but special life."

There was a guard of honour at the entrance to the church made up of team mates from Old Halesonians rugby club, who Luke also played for.

A wreath in the shape of a rugby ball in the club's colours was on the coffin as it was carried into the church.

There were about 300 people in the church for the service with another 200 outside, a verger said.

Caroline Hoddinott, head teacher at Haybridge High School, described him as "a much-loved son, grandson, friend and student".

Baxter College, which had been hosting the rugby match, held a minute's silence to mark the teenager's death.

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