Kyle Mason - Rest in peace

Kyle at the 2016 Army v Navy match. Image Army Navy Match © Andrew Fosker
Kyle in his familiar position in the front row
Kyle at Twickenham 2017
Kyle Mason
Kyle (front row, third from left) with his team mates on tour to the USA 2017
The RNRU's most capped front row player - Kyle Mason

It is with deep sadness that the Royal Navy Rugby Union reports the news of the death of one of our most capped players, Leading Airman (Aircraft Handler) Kyle Mason.  Kyle was the most capped front row player (loose-head prop) in the history of the RNRU, with 29 caps to his name.  

Kyle joined the Royal Navy in 2004, representing the RNRU at the Under 21 level in the same year. By 2007 he had won his first Senior XV cap and he has been a regular fixture in the team ever since. He also played internationally, representing Malta 34 times in the European group stages and World Cup qualifiers.  A Leading Airman, he served on ships operating around the world including HMS Bulwark, HMS Ocean and numerous Royal Fleet Auxiliaries and other HM Ships while assigned to 1700 Naval Air Squadron. 

Based in the South West, Kyle was passionate about rugby, playing at every level from establishment with HMS Drake and Royal Naval Air Stations Culdrose and Yeovilton, Command with the Fleet Air Arm, and then representing the Royal Navy with the Senior XV and Combined Services (now United Kingdom Armed Forces).  He also represented the Royal Navy Rugby Union overseas notably in the annual fixture against the French Navy, the International Defence Rugby Cup, the Commonwealth Navy’s Rugby Cup and numerous tours.

Kyle played for Devonport Services RFC in his younger years, progressing to Plymouth Albion RFC and Newton Abbot RFC, however more recently playing for Brixham RFC.  He will be remembered for his very impressive scrummaging performances, proficient line out work and fearsome close quarters defence.  This was always delivered with an infectious sense of humour both on and off the pitch.  His sportsmanship and camaraderie will be sorely missed by all those who knew him, and his absence will be mourned by his shipmates, fellow Rugby players and all in the Royal Navy Rugby Union.  Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and close friends.

Kyle Mason - may he rest in peace.   

Images: Royal Navy Rugby Union © Keith Woodland, Mark Andrews and John Walton
             Army Navy Match © Andrew Fosker