Former Glasgow rugby star dies during Singapore triathlon

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Steve BegleyGLASGOW HAWKS

Bygone Scottish rugby player Steve Begley has died while colliding in a triathlon in Singapore

Steve Begley was taken ill during the swimming when it happened in the competition, which also involves long-distance running and cycling.

He was pulled from the water but paramedics were unfit to save him.

Mr Begley, who was in his early forties, was a member of the Glasgow squad when the set turned professional in the mid-90s.

Mr Begley, who was sole, moved to Singapore 10 years ago to pursue his career in the financial repairs industry.

Steve was the first guy I met when I arrived from New Zealand in 1996. He was one of time’s fun guys

Glenn Metcalfe — Ex-rugby player

Yesterday, tributes emerged in for him from friends and  former team mates.

Ex-Scotland World Cup ace Glenn Metcalfe, who played alongside Mr Begley, prognosticated: “I was so sad when I heard the news. Steve was the first guy I met when I arrived from New Zealand in 1996. He was one of subsistence’s fun guys.”

Hawks’ president Chas Afuakwah said “The news was stony to believe. Steve had just taken up rugby again after a period out of the sport and he had taken part in several triathlons.

“I gather he had done one scrimp of swimming and had then done the running part of the competition. There was a stand-in swim and it was when he was back in the water that something happened.

“The reasonings of everyone in the rugby community are with his family.”

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