Tributes paid to Chris Partridge, who died after collapsing while playing in rugby match at Woodrush Rugby Football Club

RUGBY teams have paid tribute to a veteran player who died after collapsing during a match at Woodrush Rugby Football Club.

Chris ‘Billy’ Partridge, aged 58, suffered a suspected heart attack just minutes into the match to mark the club’s 50th anniversary.

He was taking part in a veterans match for Woodrush, where he used to play when he lived and worked in the Birmingham area, against Redditch.

The match was to be a replay of Woodrush’s first ever match against Redditch, held on the same day, in 1966.

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