Fundraisers honour rugby player killed in crash

Richard Logg was killed in a horror car crash. Picture: Contributed
Richard Logg was killed in a horror car crash. Picture: Contributed
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FORMER teammates, friends and relatives of a rugby player who was killed in a horror car crash are to come together to raise money in his memory.

Richard Logg – who played for Edinburgh Northern RFC – died two days after his car came off the road during hailstorms on Christmas Eve.

We are keen to celebrate the things that will always remind us of Loggy

Cathal Dwane

His wife Lorraine, a skating instructor at Murrayfield ice rink, suffered a punctured lung in the crash as their two young boys – Rory and Thomas – miraculously escaped unscathed.

Since his tragic death, those who knew Mr Logg have held a number of fundraising events to keep the memory of the ‘gentle giant’ alive.

More than £2000 was collected for local charities Widowed & Young and Richmond’s Hope and national good cause Home Start during a Ladies’ Day.

And charity will be at the forefront of events on Saturday in Inverleith Park when, from 1pm onwards, a day of rugby and family fun will take place.

Cathal Dwane, a former teammate of Mr Logg’s and a close friend, said: “The planning for the event has been going well and we are hopeful of a good turnout, so many people have been offering to help out which is just great.

“Since Richard passed away we have been amazed by the support that his family and friends have received from the wider rugby community and that has helped everyone through some tough times.

“The Edinburgh Northern community has always been close-knit and this has brought us even closer together in recent months. We are a small club, but everyone cares passionately.

“Now we are looking forward to all coming together and remembering the big man in style – and it is great to see that quite a number of players who were involved with Richard when we won East Division Three back in 2011/12 are looking out their boots again to play on Saturday.”

A three-team tournament will see the current Edinburgh Northern first XV go up against a team of club legends and charity outfit the Pigbarians in a series of 40-minute matches.

A club spokesman said: “We are keen celebrate the things that will always remind us of ‘Loggy’ – a crunching rugby style, a love of spending time with family and friends and a spirited enthusiasm for mischief and laughs.

“As a result we are putting on a day of events aimed at participants of all ages.

“The day will include rugby, raffles, auctions and live music as well as a barbecue and refreshments to keep the fun going into the evening and beyond.

“Activities for children will also be on the menu in order to foster as much as is possible of the spirit that draws people to small, community rugby clubs like Northern.”

A flood of tributes poured in after the fatal accident in treacherous conditions on the M77 near Kilmarnock.

No other car was involved in the crash that left 37-year-old Mr Logg needing to be cut free from his BMW.

The housekeeper at Fettes College represented his native Ayr before turning out for Edinburgh Northern as a number 8.

Anyone who cannot make it on the day, but would like to donate can do so via www.justgiving.com/teams/ENRFC.

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