Dave Sims, former Exeter Chiefs and Launceston player, dies aged 52

Former Exeter Chiefs and Launceston RFC player Dave Sims has died of a suspected heart attack. Dave, who was 52, played for the Chiefs between 2002 and 2005, before moving to Cornwall.

Dave, who played as a striker, made three appearances for England in 1998 and spent 12 years at Gloucester. He also played for Worcester Warriors, Taunton and Wellington.

Exeter chiefs paid tribute to Dave, who they described as “a great figure in the rugby community here in Devon”.

The club said: “Exeter Rugby Club is saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of former player, Dave Sims. Dave played for the club between 2002 and 2005, and later worked at the club himself.

Dave Sims playing for Exeter Chiefs against Worcester on 22 November 2003

“Still living locally, he was a huge figure in the rugby community here in Devon and he will be missed by so many. We send our heartfelt condolences and thoughts to Dave’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

Former Chiefs and Launceston winger Matt Jess said: “Devastated to hear of the passing of ‘our fathers’. This guy embodies rugby and was lucky enough to spend a season with him at Launceston RFC. He deserves the word legend.”

Gloucester Rugby added: “Gloucester Rugby is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Sims. Sims led the Cherry & Whites admirably between the amateur and professional era. Our thoughts are with Dave’s family and friends at this time. sad time.”

Sims also made appearances for the Barbarians, played divisional rugby for the South West, captained Gloucestershire to the County League title in 2002 and also played for England at Under-21, A levels and B.

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