Gloucester Rugby legend Dave Sims dies aged 52

The Gloucester Rugby community mourns the loss of legendary striker Dave Sims tonight (March 19).

The 52-year-old played for the club for 12 years and made three appearances for England in 1998. Sims, the grandson of former England player Tom Price, was born in Gloucester in 1969 and attended the Churchdown School.

He began his rugby career at Longlevens RFC before making his debut for Gloucester in 1988. He represented England at Under-21 level in 1990 before winning three senior caps on the 1998 tour of Australia, in New Zealand and South Africa.

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He also played for The Barbarians on three occasions – in 1995, 1996 and 1999. Rugby fans and friends of The Sims took to social media to pay tribute to his life and playing career.

Barry Preece tweeted: “Just heard the very sad news that Dave Sims has passed away. Such sad news. I grew up with Dave from kindergarten and junior school. Great sportsman in our junior football and of course his fantastic years of rugby. Sending best wishes and love to his family, friends. RIP Dave.”

Steve Parrett wrote: “RIP Dave Sims. A top person in every way. Best wishes to his family and many, many friends.”

Ian Taylor recalled: “The story of Dave Sims – my sister bought him his house in Longford. On moving day I arrived to help him move in and, obviously feeling threatened by my physical prowess, Simsy had the entire Glaws first-team squad helping him out, so it didn’t take long.

“Legend of Glaws.”

Andrew Stanley said: “Terrible news of the loss of former @gloucesterrugby captain Dave Sims who bridged the amateur and professional eras. He knew exactly what the club meant to the city and its fans . A good friend and character that I and many others will miss. Condolences to his family RIP Simmo.”

Withycombe RFC said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Gloucester, England and Withies legend Dave Sims.”

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