More than £ 55,000 raised in 24 hours to bring home Welsh rugby player Daniel Wigley after tragic death

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A fundraiser to repatriate a Welsh rugby player who died in Canada raised more than £ 55,000 in 24 hours.

Daniel Wigley’s family, from Llandybie near Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, has been inundated with support since the 29-year-old died this week following a tragic accident in Vancouver.

You are currently in Canada and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help you through such a difficult time.

The staggering sum includes £ 5,000 from the members, players and committee of Llandybie RFC and £ 1,000 from Hampstead Rugby Club, for which Daniel played second row when his career took him to London.

In a touching tribute on behalf of the Llandybie Rugby Club, Treasurer Stuart Griffith said: “We are heartbroken to announce that one of our own village boys has sadly passed away. Daniel Wigley, a young man of immense character and stature, had lived in Vancouver for the last few years and also spent the beginning of his career in London.

“But he remained a Llandybie boy at heart and the news of his death broke us as a club and as a community.

“He was the most wonderful, humble and polite young man anyone could ever ask for. He was a huge presence on the pitch and a fantastic rugby player and as a club we were all so proud of him for representing the British Columbia team that plays against the Canadian national team before the last Rugby World Cup.

“Our deepest and most sincere condolences to David, Sue, Alex and Annis.

“It was taken from us way too soon. There are no right words to explain how we all feel – we are all deaf, but we are all there for you and we mourn with you. RIP Dan.”

British Columbia Coroners Service is investigating Daniel’s death.

The call organizers described Daniel as a “kind, fun, gentle friend of a friend” whom they “tragically lost … in an accident in Vancouver.”

“This site is designed to help Dan’s family bring Dan home to Wales and organize the celebration of his wonderful life,” it says on the site.

“Dan touched many people and I know that many of you want to help in any way you can. On behalf of Dan’s family, his beautiful girlfriend Sacha and many friends, thank you in advance for all your support and nice messages.”

In a later update, Daniel’s family “wants everyone to know that any money not used to cover costs will go to a charity of their choice or set up a fund in Dan’s name.”

Daniel played local rugby for Meraloma in Vancouver where “his warm and wonderful manner quickly made him a beloved member of the Meraloma family”.

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