Wallabies pay tribute to player who died on field

Wallaby James O'Connor has paid tribute to his former school mate Halley Appleby, who died on Monday as a...

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Wallaby James O'Connor has paid

tribute to his former school mate Halley Appleby, who died on

Monday as a result of injuries sustained in a club match in

Australia at the weekend.

Forward Appleby lost consciousness when he suffered brain

and spinal injuries in a tackle in Saturday's match between the

University of Queensland and GPS in Brisbane.

His family turned off the 21-year-old's life support on

Monday morning after he had been declared brain dead, local

media reported.

"It's devastating, to say the least," O'Connor told

reporters at Australia's training camp.

"I grew up with Halley and lived three doors down from him

in the dorms at Nudgee College. It's a massive shock.

"He was a really bubbly guy, always the life of the party.

He was always the one up to mischief in the dorms. Everyone

loved being around him.

"Halley loved his rugby, he was all about it ... my thoughts

go out to his family."

Wallabies lock James Horwill, a member of Appleby's

University of Queensland club, also extended his condolences

over what he described as a "freak accident".

"You can get hit by a car crossing the road," said the

Queensland Reds skipper. "You don't think about it when you are

playing rugby but obviously there's a risk involved in anything

you do.

"This is obviously a one in a billion type accident that's

tragically taken a young man's life before his time."