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QRL supports Sunshine Coast club and family following tragedy

The Queensland Rugby League is saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Sunshine Coast player Dale Best.

Best, 34, was playing for Maroochydore in a reserve grade match against Kawana at Kawana yesterday when he made an effective tackle during the normal course of play.

He briefly stabilised on his knees after making the tackle before collapsing.

QRL has received a detailed report, with witnesses confirming there was no evidence in the tackle of a head or neck injury, nor any report of foul play.

Best was immediately treated on the field by multiple Level 2 sports trainers who performed CPR before an ambulance arrived.

Paramedics attempted to stabilise the player, who was subsequently taken to hospital, where sadly he was later reported as deceased.

The QRL and rugby league community send their most sincere condolences to Best’s family and friends, as well the Maroochydore club.

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 hospital staff.

All media enquiries to be directed to QRL media manager Michael Hillier