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Club’s shock at death of player

CAMP Hill rugby club was reeling in shock this week after one of their long-standing players was found dead.

CAMP Hill rugby club was reeling in shock this week after one of their long-standing players was found dead.

The body of Marc Chetland, 37, who had played for the Shirley club for nearly two decades, was found at an address in Hollywood on Monday morning.

The father’s death is being treated as “unexplained” said West Mercia Police, although it is not thought to be suspicious.

Mike Olley, who plays for Camp Hill’s fourth string, paid tribute to the “naturally talented” scrum half.

“I suspect there was no-one in the club who did not know, like and respect him,” Mr Olley said.

“He had a powerful presence in the clubhouse and created an aura of stability. He was a responsible, pleasant companion.”

In the early 1990s, Mr Chetland played for a Camp Hill Colts side that beat Bath and a host of other big-name clubs. He went on to play a significant part as Camp Hill enjoyed success in rugby’s Midlands divisions, often playing alongside his brother, Ian.

Mr Chetland’s death is the second tragedy to hit Camp Hill in recent memory. Only 16 months ago, popular player Tom Ulliott collapsed and died during a night out in Birmingham’s Broad Street aged just 28.

A spokesperson for the club said that they were in contact with the family, but neither would like to make a statement at the present time.

 

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