Popular rugby man dies after stroke

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A STALWART of the Hampshire rugby scene has died after suffering a stroke.

Andy Millar, who has been described as the bedrock of Petersfield Rugby Club, died peacefully surrounded by his family. He was 64 years old.

Mr Millar, of Moggs Mead, Petersfield, was the driving force behind the youth rugby section and was instrumental in rebuilding the clubhouse at Penns Place.

Paul Martin, president of Petersfield Rugby Club, said: ‘Andy was a club man through and through. A real wordsmith, the unique tone of phrase which ran through his press reports and matchday programmes will be sadly missed.

‘Whilst his contributions to making the club what it is today were many, the most tangible and lasting must be the founding of the ever-growing and consistently successful youth section.’

Simon Thomas, Hampshire RFU Referees Society chairman, said: ‘Hampshire rugby will be a poorer place with the loss of Andy.’

Mr Millar is survived by his wife Celia and his three sons.