A Sunshine Coast amateur rugby league player has died after collapsing on the field during a match.
The Maroochydore Swans said Dale Best, 34, was playing for the team in a reserve grade match against the Kawana Dolphins at the Kawana Sports Precinct on Saturday and made an effective tackle before falling to the ground.
The club added there was no evidence of foul play or of an injury to his head or neck.
Sports trainers performed CPR on Best at the scene before paramedics arrived and attempted to stabilise him.
He later died in hospital.
The Queensland Rugby League (QRL) said Best’s death was “tragic”.
“The Queensland Rugby League is saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Sunshine Coast player Dale Best,” it said in a Facebook post.
“The QRL and rugby league community send their most sincere condolences.
“The QRL will continue to assist the club through this difficult time and is providing wellbeing support.
“The family offer their deepest thanks to all those who assisted, including sports trainers, paramedics and staff.”