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Visit ends in tragedy for rising rugby star

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: July 02, 2009

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A TEENAGER who was found at the bottom of cliffs in Newquay was a talented rugby player with a "bright future ahead of him".

Andrew Curwell, 18, was found dead at the foot of cliffs on Great Western Beach at 5am on Sunday morning.

He was a sixth-form student at Rishworth School near Halifax, West Yorkshire, and a former member of the Leeds Rhinos' rugby academy squad.

The teenager was thought to have been on holiday with friends at the weekend.

Police were unable to confirm the circumstances surrounding Andrew's death or whether he fell while descending or ascending from the cliff face.

A spokesman for Leeds Rhinos this week paid tribute to the rising star. "It was with deep regret that the club learned of his tragic death," he said.

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"Andrew, who made five appearances this season for the club's Gillette Academy U18 side, passed away after an accident at the weekend.

"He joined the Rhinos' Academy in 2007 as a second row having previously played at the Saddleworth amateur club in Oldham while attending Rishworth School."

Head of youth development at the academy, Barrie McDermott, added: "This is tragic news and our sympathies go to Andy's family and friends.

"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.

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

Police said they are not treating his death as suspicious at this time. However, police said they were unable to confirm whether he was alone at the time of his death.

Land at the top of the cliff where his body was found is privately owned.

Emergency crews from Devon and Cornwall Police, Falmouth Coastguard, Westcountry Ambulance Service and the Newquay Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team were all called to the scene.

Dave Bulley, from the cliff rescue team, said: "We were called down at about 5.10am by the ambulance service, who requested our assistance.

"We helped in the evacuation of the casualty. Life had been pronounced extinct on our arrival.

"We then searched the cliff face to assist in the search for any information which would help the police with the inquiries.

"Following this incident, the cliff rescue team would like to reiterate the safety message while out on the beaches. Please take care in everything that you do."

All Leeds Rhinos' teams in action this weekend will wear a black armband as a sign of respect.

Andrew's page on the Rhinos' website said the teenager's sporting hero was Muhammad Ali. As well as supporting the Rhinos he was a fan of Manchester City Football Club.

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    Edward, oldham  |  February 03 2010, 6:37PM

    It seemed he had a bright futre as i go to rishworth this is very sad

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