Dave Egerton dead at 59: Former England and Bath rugby star loses short battle with coronavirus in hospital

EX-BATH and England rugby star Dave Egerton has died aged 59.

The former back row contracted coronavirus and went into hospital on Saturday.

Egerton represented the Red Rose seven times and played for the British and Irish Lions against France in 1989.

He had an impressive ten years with Bath, making 163 appearances.

During that time at The Rec, the club enjoyed a successful period under Jack Rowell.

They won five league titles and five domestic cups.

Bath said: "We are all deeply shocked and incredibly sad to learn that Club legend, Dave Egerton has passed away.

"A wonderful gentleman and talented player, taken from us far too soon.

"Our thoughts and love go out to his family and friends."

Egerton, from Pinner in North-West London, joined BBC Radio Bristol as a commentator.

They wrote on Twitter: "Dave, who won seven caps for England, was a valued member of our commentary team at BBC Radio Bristol.

"We are all thinking of his family and friends at this extremely sad time."

BBC Radio Bristol's Andrew Sheridan wrote: "In a state of shock and sadness this evening at the news of Dave Egerton’s passing from Covid.

"A genuine @BathRugby legend, a cornerstone of the pack in the glory days.

"A school pal and in recent years a regular travelling companion as we covered Bath for @bbcbristolsport RIP."

Brian Moore added: "This is terrible, terrible news. Dave Egerton was a contemporary of mine as a student and in the England team.

"He was an intelligent, amusing guy and a very good player. RIP Dave – you will be missed and all my thoughts are with your family."

Premiership Rugby and the Lions also paid tribute to Egerton with posts.

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