England U-20 international and Young Harlequins starlet Seb Adeniran-Olule has died at the age of just 20.
According to the Mirror, the hooker, one of the club’s most promising players, died in a road traffic accident, the club has announced.
A statement on the club’s official website said: “Harlequins is deeply saddened to learn the news of the untimely death of Seb Adeniran-Olule in a road traffic collision.
“Seb was one of the Club’s most promising youngsters and an Academy member, who has been involved with the club since the age of 13.”
Conor O’Shea, Harlequins Director of Rugby, commented, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Seb’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“Seb was an incredible talent and had already represented England at under age level as well as making his senior debut for Quins at just 20.
“He will be sorely missed by the whole squad as well as by the wider club.”
London-born Adeniran-Olule had been a member of the Harlequins Academy since the age of 13.
He played a major part in the England Under-20s Six Nations win last year.
RFU national academy development manager John Fletcher has paid tribute to Adeniran-Olule, hailing him as an “absolute pleasure to be around”.
“I’m devastated, he was a fantastic kid,” said Fletcher.
“He was one of the most skillful players in his position I have ever seen. He always played the game with a big smile on his face and could do some phenomenal things with the ball.
“As a character he was quiet, had an incredible work rate, was popular and first to learn.
“On the pitch he would get you off your seat and as a front-row player that is fairly rare. He had some outstanding moments with the ball in hand. He should be remembered as a great kid, I loved coaching him. It’s a tragic loss.”