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Rugby player, 18, dies on holiday

30 June 09 12:35 GMT

A young rugby player with Leeds Rhinos has been found dead at the bottom of cliffs while on holiday with friends.

Andrew Curwell, 18, was found at the foot of cliffs between Towan and Great Western beaches in Newquay, Cornwall, just before 0500 BST on Sunday.

He was part of the Saddleworth Rangers Amateur Rugby League Team in Oldham before joining Leeds Rhinos' RL Academy in 2007.

The club said he was an "intelligent young man who loved playing rugby".

Mr Curwell was a sixth form pupil at Rishworth School in Calderdale.

All Rhinos teams playing this weekend will wear a black armband in remembrance.

Not suspicious

Barrie McDermott, head of youth development at the club, said: "This is tragic news and our sympathies go to Andy's family and friends at this time.

"Andy was an intelligent young man who loved playing rugby and had a bright future ahead of him.

"Just three weeks ago he finished with our academy so he could concentrate on his studies and I know he was looking forward to going to university in the future.

"He was well liked by all his team mates and coaches and will be sadly missed by everyone."

Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "At about 4.55am on Sunday 28 June, 2009, police were called to a report of a man's body at the foot of cliffs between Towan and Great Western beaches at Newquay."

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