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Rugby training halted for Andrew Feather memorial

Andrew Feather Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Andrew Feather was described by his team captain as a "great man"

Teammates of a rugby player who died after being punched in a nightclub have cancelled training to hold a memorial.

Andrew Feather, who played for Halifax RUFC, had been out celebrating a match victory when he was punched at Liquid on Commercial Street on Saturday.

Jamie Myers, captain of the second team the Dukes, said players would gather with family and friends later to remember a "great man".

Dale McLean, 25, from Huddersfield, has been charged with manslaughter.

Mr McLean, of Greenfield Road, appeared before Halifax magistrates on Wednesday and was remanded in custody for an appearance at Bradford Crown Court on 19 February.

Mr Feather had been with the rugby club for more than 10 years and had been club secretary for a year.

Mr Myers said he was a "spot on player" who was "always there to help new lads to the game".

"It's been a very, very tough week," he said.

"We'd normally be training on a Wednesday and Thursday evening but in respect of Andrew we've knocked training on the head.

"Friends and family and people who knew him will be gathering at the club to have a smile and remember what a great man who sadly left us."

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