Rhys Horrocks Obituary, Death – As a tribute to Rhys, we would like to pass along the following message that was given to us by Rhys’s former coach, Peter Threlfall: “First and foremost, I would want to extend my deepest condolences to John, Joanne, Symone, Olly, and the rest of the family during this difficult time. After we had finished the process of rebuilding our team, Rhys joined us, and very immediately, he became an integral part of all we aimed to do, and ultimately, he became an essential team member from that point forward. His athleticism and rugby ability were immediately noticeable from the very first training session that he participated in with us.
To say the least, he was a natural given his size, strength, speed, and abundance of rugby IQ. On an endless number of occasions, he would seize control of the game by the scruff of the neck, and with the faith of all of his teammates and all of us coaches, he would get us a result out of absolutely nowhere. The younger guys on our squad revered him as a leader and put a lot of their trust in him because he was such an experienced player.
Following the news of the demise of one of our former players, Rhys Horrocks, we would like to take this opportunity to express our condolences on behalf of everyone here at the club. We would like to extend our condolences to John, Joanne, Symone, and Olly, as well as the rest of Rhys’s family, as well as his friends and former teammates from Bridge and Spring View ARLFC. During this extremely trying time, we will continue to pray for you all and keep you in our thoughts.
The fact that I was able to be a part of his journey when he was at Ince Rose Bridge makes me feel tremendously fortunate. I will never stop thinking about him, and I have no doubt that the other guys and everyone else who knew Rhys will feel the same way. We would like to express our gratitude to John and Joanne, his parents, for allowing us the privilege of reminiscing with their son, who was an exceptional young man who was also kind and modest. Rhys, you will always be a significant member of that fantastic team, we will hold you near to our hearts, and we will NEVER forget you. Get some rest. Rhys Horrocks is the number 13 for our team.
He was a victor, and there was no doubt about his devotion to the group, the club, and his close companions. Outside of competition, we had a lot of fun moments together and created some incredible memories as a team. One experience that stands out in my mind is the trip we had to Catalan. We all still have a good time talking about the antics that took place during that tour, when we were all spending time together as a group and Rhys was in the heart of all the shenanigans and frequently in charge of directing it. It was a real treat to be Rhys’s coach and to get to know and work with him.