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Former England lock Dave Sims dies aged 52

By Ian Cameron
Dave Sims and Ben Clarke of England secure the ball during the tour match against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: David Rogers/Allsport via Getty)

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Former England second row Dave Sims has died at the age of 52 of a suspected heart attack.


Sims won three caps for England as well as playing for Gloucester, Exeter Chiefs, Worcester Warriors and Bedford.

He won his caps under Clive Woodward during the 1998 tour of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He also played three times for the Barbarians.

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Gloucester Rugby released the following statement: “Gloucester Rugby is deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of former Club Captain, Dave Sims aged 52. First representing the Cherry & Whites via the Colts side in 1987, Sims’ debut for the first team came off the bench in 1988 against Ebbw Vale. Sims went on to have an illustrious career for Gloucester Rugby, providing them with 12 years of sterling service as an uncompromising second row forward, having also played at number 8 during the early part of his career at the Club.

“Dave Sims will be forever etched into history at Kingsholm, and will remain a true great of the club. Our thoughts are with Dave’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Sims’ playing career included a three-year stint with Warriors between 1999 and 2002. The club said: “The thoughts of all at Sixways go to the family and friends of Dave Sims.”

Exeter Chiefs also paid tribute to the former playing, posting the following statement: “Exeter Rugby Club are saddened and shocked to hear of the sudden passing of former player, Dave Sims. Dave played for the club between 2002 and 2005, as well as later working at the club itself. We send our sincere sympathies and thoughts to Dave’s family and friends at this time.”


Former England international Stuart Barnes wrote: “To the family and friends of Dave Sims, my condolences. Playing with and against Dave was always a pleasure. A tough competitor with a dry sense of humour, he will be missed. Farewell.”

There were numerous messages to the fallen star across social media from the various amateur clubs he had played for, which paid tribute to the 6’6 second row.



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