Former Warriors player Dave Sims dies aged 52
A former Worcester Warriors player has died aged 52 of a suspected heart attack.
Dave Sims played for the Warriors between 1999 and 2002, coming from Gloucester where he spent 12 successful years at the club.
Friends, relatives and fans of the second row player in the rugby community shared their condolences on Twitter.
I have just learned the very sad news of the death of Dave Sims. Such sad news. Grew up with Dave from infant and junior school. Great sportsman of our Junior Football and of course his fantastic years of rugby. Sending best wishes and love to his family, friends. RIP Dave. pic.twitter.com/LMfSblLMuO
— Barry Preece (@BarryPreece) March 19, 2022
During his first season with the Warriors, Sims was loaned out to Bedford Blues but was voted Player of the Season 2000/01 on his return.
He represented National Divisions XV against South Africa at Sixways and Australia at Welford Road. Sims captained Rep. XV against the Wallabies.
Gloucester Rugby is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Sims.
The Sims admirably led the Cherry & Whites between the amateur and professional era.
Our thoughts are with Dave’s family and friends at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/yXuVu7UX03
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) March 19, 2022
After leaving Warriors, Sims played for Exeter Chiefs between 2002 and 2005, and later had stints with Launceston, Taunton and Wellington as well as a stint as head coach of Withycombe.
Sims also played for the Barbarians, captained Gloucestershire to the County Championship in 2002 and played divisional rugby for the South West.