Rugby player dies in bike fall


A tal­ented Cen­tral Otago rugby player will be farewelled in Palmer­ston on Thurs­day.

An­drew Grubb, 20, died on Fri­day in Dunedin Hos­pi­tal af­ter fall­ing off a quad bike in Cromwell in the early hours of Sun­day, Septem­ber 11.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the ac­ci­dent.

Grubb played for the Cromwell Rugby Club’s pre­mier team and rep­re­sented Otago Coun­try.

Otago Rugby Foot­ball Union gen­eral man­ager Richard Kin­ley said the rugby com­mu­nity was dev­as­tated at the ‘‘ter­ri­ble tragedy’’.

‘‘Our hearts go out to the fam­ily and our thoughts are with them at this time. It is a ter­ri­ble tragedy. The Grubb fam­ily has been heav­ily in­volved in Otago rugby for gen­er­a­tions. (An­drew Grubb’s) dad is on the met­ro­pol­i­tan rugby coun­cil.’’

Otago rugby had been in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Grubb fam- ily dur­ing the week while An­drew was on life sup­port, he said.

‘‘While there has not been a lot we can do, we have been sup­port­ing them the best we can.’’

Grubb had played a piv­otal role in a game against South­land Coun­try in Omakau last Satur­day, Kin­ley said.

The team was trav­el­ling to Can­ter­bury on Fri­day for a match, and had dis­cussed at train­ing on Tues­day whether to can­cel. The news was hard on the team, he said.


An­drew Grubb, pic­tured at right, died af­ter a quad bike fall in Cromwell.

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