CALLS for defibrillators for every sports club in Wales following a Welsh rugby player’s death following a match.

On Saturday (August 21) a 31-year-old rugby player died after suffering a cardiac arrest following a charity match in Neath.

Supporters tried to save Alex Evans, who collapsed after the game after feeling unwell, however, sadly he passed away leaving behind a young family.

Cwmllynfell RFC Secretary, Gareth Evans, for whom Alex was a flanker, has called on the WRU to issue defibrillators to all Welsh Rugby Clubs, in which he says will “give everybody a fighting chance to survive”.

The club has a defibrillator, which was used on Alex by paramedics attending the game, but unfortunately were unable to save his life.

Speaking to BBC radio Wales, Mr Evans said: “We used ours [defibrillator] on Saturday and sadly it still wasn’t enough, but if every club has got one, if they need to use it, it gives people a fighting chance to survive,” 

“He would do anything for anybody…if he could help you, he would. He wore his heart on his sleeve on the field and exactly the same off the field as well.”

“Whatever he was doing, having a laugh and a joke, or working or having a drink with him, whatever you were doing, he always had that smile.

“That smile will live with me forever.”

A campaign for every sports club to receive a defibrillator has been backed by the Welsh Conservatives.

In a statement, a Welsh Conservative spokesperson said: “Fresh calls for every sports club in Wales to have a defibrillator have been issued by the Welsh Conservatives following the tragic death of a rugby player over the weekend.

“Alex Evans, a 31-year-old flanker, was playing for Cwmllynfell RFC at Parc y Bryn in Neath Port Talbot when he suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday afternoon.”

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Sport and South Wales West MS, Tom Giffard, said: “My thoughts go out to Alex’s family and friends at this awful time. His tragic and untimely death highlights the urgent need for all sports clubs in Wales to have defibrillators.

Conservative issue fresh calls for defibrillators to be issued to all Welsh sports clubs

“We have long called for these important life-saving pieces of equipment to be installed at sports clubs, and now is the time for the Welsh Labour Government to act.

“Defibrillators aren’t cheap, so Labour ministers need to work with clubs and organisations across Wales and provide them with financial support.

“The Welsh Government needs to move fast because the quicker we get them put in place, the more lives we can save.”

A Welsh government spokeswoman said: “We extend our deepest condolences to Alex Evans’ family, friends, and team-mates at this very difficult time.”

“The Welsh government had provided £2.5m funding to the Save a Life Cymru programme, which works to raise awareness of the importance of CPR training and the use of defibrillators.

“The number defibrillators in communities and buildings across Wales is increasing constantly and we would encourage people to register them with the ambulance service.”

A fundraising page which was set up since, has already raised more than  £12,000.

To donate to the page please click on the following link https://gofund.me/98fa15ba

The WRU are yet to comment.