Rugby Star, 20, Died From Taking Double Fatal Dose Of Powerful Painkiller As Well As Cocaine And Alcohol After His Debut, Inquest Hears

Rugby Star, 20, Died From Taking Double Fatal Dose Of Powerful Painkiller As Well As Cocaine And Alcohol After His Debut, Inquest Hears

Archie Bruce, a rising rugby talent, tragically passed away on August 18, 2019, following his debut semi-professional match for the West Yorkshire team Batley Bulldogs during an away game.

Despite their loss with a score of 46-0, the promising scrum-half joined his teammates in celebrating in Toulouse, where some individuals reportedly consumed cocaine and the painkiller Tramadol.

The following day, Mr. Bruce was discovered deceased in his hotel room, with a fatal amount of Tramadol detected in his system. In a statement, his family emphasized his lifelong aspiration to become a rugby player, with his professional debut marking the realization of his dreams. They described him as excited, impressionable, and eager to fit in.

In the aftermath of the inquest, West Yorkshire senior coroner Martin Fleming urged the Rugby Football League (RFL) to implement new measures for drug safety. Tramadol, a potent prescription medication, has gained notoriety in sports circles, particularly at the semi-professional level, due to its misuse among players seeking to alleviate injuries.

Mr. Fleming’s report highlighted concerns that without updated safeguards, more players could be at risk of similar tragedies. Despite Tramadol being classified as a Class C drug since 2014, the inquest revealed its continued misuse, including recreational use alongside alcohol for its relaxing effects.

Following Archie’s untimely passing, Mr. Fleming recorded a verdict of accidental death, emphasizing that there was no evidence of prior drug abuse. He stressed that the combined toxicity of the substances led to fatal unintended consequences.

During the inquest, the coroner examined the training and education systems for players regarding illicit drug use. However, Mr. Fleming expressed concern that current provisions predominantly focus on the Super League, overlooking lower-tier clubs like Batley Bulldogs, where young players often begin their careers.

Mr. Fleming urged the RFL to consider amending provisions to ensure consistent standards across all clubs. The RFL has until June 11 to respond, but they have already begun reviewing their code of conduct for the sport, including policies for overseas travel, for the upcoming year.

An RFL spokesperson conveyed sympathy to Archie’s family and outlined changes made to policies and procedures since the incident. They emphasized ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of all players within the sport.

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