Scott Stevenson, 25, was based at RAF Marham.

Tributes have been paid to an RAF Marham airman who died  after being injured in an inter-services rugby league match against the army. 

Senior aircraftsman (SAC) Scott Stevenson was hurt playing in the game at Aldershot last Friday.

The 25-year-old was stretchered off in the second half after suffering a head injury and his death was announced on Monday evening.

In a Tweet, RAF Marham said: “Scott was a very popular member of the Royal Air Force Marham community and a fullback for the Royal Air Force Rugby League first team. 

“Scott will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts remain with Scott’s family.” 

The United Kingdom Armed Forces Rugby League said it was “deeply saddened by the devastating news”.

In a statement it said: “SAC Stevenson was an extremely talented player and popular teammate within the UKAFRL squad. 

“His passing is a terrible loss to the Armed Forces Rugby League community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, teammates and colleagues at this sad time.”

A family statement said: “Rugby was Scott’s whole life from as early as six years old. 

“We take great comfort in the knowledge that he passed doing something he loved, surrounded by his teammates, all of whom care about him dearly.  Few of us are fortunate enough to leave life in such a way.

“It is important to us that everyone knows Scott suffered no pain, stress or discomfort.

“We would like to put on record our thanks for the superb medical care Scott received at pitch-side, in the stadium and at the specialist Neuro-ICU at St George’s Hospital, London.

 “Thank you to all the players and staff at the various teams Scott played for, from Harrogate to the United Kingdom Armed Forces and all those who are in between.

 “Scott loved his job, loved life, and loved his rugby and we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes and the camaraderie shown by the Rugby League world.

 “We are genuinely touched by just how many peoples’ lives Scott influenced and how much he meant to so many.”