St George Illawarra are in mourning after under-20s player Stevenson Upulasi died in a car crash on Monday night.
The up-and-coming front-rower was in his first year of Jersey Flegg at the club after playing SG Ball for St George in 2019.
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A Cronulla junior, he moved to the Dragons at the end of 2018 and was only denied the chance to play more this year due to the pathways shutdown from the coronavirus.
“The St George Illawarra Dragons are deeply saddened by the passing of Jersey Flegg player Stevenson 'Stevie' Upulasi,” the club said in a statement.
“The Dragons and Sharks will observe a moment's silence before Saturday's derby at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
“The Dragons send their sincere condolences to the friends and family of Stevie at this time.”
Tributes flow for Dragons young gun Stevenson Upulasi
Dragons fans were heartbroken to learn of the accident which claimed Upulasi’s life.
Tributes flowed on social media, with Instagram user Claire Arthur paying tribute to the young star, who was a close family friend.
“The most beautiful, humble soul you could ever meet,” she wrote.
“The loud giant that made anyone around him feel safe and loved.
“The funniest and weirdest boy I know. The greatest Son, brother, cousin and friend anyone could ask for.
“You were our son Mia. We loved you like a son and you will always be my massive overgrown Son.
“He was our kid’s best friend and brother.
“I miss your contagious laugh and your loud voice. I miss your company and I miss our chats.
“We just miss you Mia. Love you forever.”
That is so sad 😞 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Sorbs (@ONLYMJE) July 23, 2020
Sincerest condolences, terribly sad— Jo Cornick (@Mojo_cornick) July 23, 2020
According to David Riccio he was killed in a car accident on Heathcote Road. An awful awful road. Terrible.— #renamecooncheese #httr (@johnhammer799) July 23, 2020