English rugby league player Archie Bruce found dead in hotel room
20-year-old had just made debut for Batley Bulldogs on Saturday
An English rugby league club says one of its players has been found dead in his hotel room the day after a game in France.
Batley Bulldogs announced the death of Archie Bruce on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Bruce made his debut for Batley in a second-tier Championship match against French club Toulouse on Saturday evening local time.
Batley chairman Kevin Nicholas says in a statement that inquiries by French authorities are ongoing and the squad has delayed its return to Britain.
Bruce, a scrumhalf, recently joined Batley from amateur club Dewsbury Moor and made his debut off the replacements' bench in the 46-0 loss to Toulouse in the south of France.
We are deeply saddened this morning by the news of Archie's passing. On behalf of everyone at the Wolfpack we send our heartfelt condolences to Archie's family, and his teammates, staff and fans at Batley Bulldogs. <a href="https://t.co/LH0l1FIXeV">https://t.co/LH0l1FIXeV</a>—@TOwolfpack