A GoFundMe page launched for the family of a young father who died on a rugby pitch yesterday (Saturday, October 14) has raised nearly £7,000. 

The Wisbech player was involved in a tackle during the Eastern Counties First Division game against Diss. 

Eastern Counties rugby said the incident happened during "chest to chest" contact on the pitch as the player was competing for the ball. 

They said despite being given immediate CPR by opposition players, the player did not revive. 

In a GoFundMe post, the young player has been named as Arturas Rudys, 27, by his girlfriend Jolita. 

In the post she revealed they have a two-year-old child together. 

"We have been together four years, also we have a little child...He is only two years old" the page says. 

"My partner just passed away at the rugby competition in Wisbech. 

"It's been very quickly and like in a dream… It's a very, very hard time for us right now. 

"I can't give up, I have to live and show the right path to our child. I have never asked for money yet, but I want to reach out to you and ask for help…. Thank you all!" 

The GoFundMe page has so far raised nearly £7,000 from well-wishers. 

Wisbech Rugby Club has cancelled all sessions as a mark of respect. 

In a statement from the club released this afternoon, it reads: “It is with great sadness that the club announces the death of Arturas Rudys during a match played on Saturday, October 14. 

“Arturas, aged 27, was a hugely valued and respected member of our club who began his time at Wisbech RFC in 2013. 

“Wisbech RFC thanks everyone who helped Arturas in his immediate moments of need yesterday including club first aiders, teammates and Diss RFC. 

“The club also wishes to thank the emergency services and first responders who attended the scene. 

“As a club we are in touch with Arturas’ family to offer our heartfelt sympathies and support. 

“In whatever you are doing today, please pause for a moment to think of Arturas, his family, loved ones and friends, both in the UK and in his native Lithuania.” 

You can donate to the GoFundMe page here:  Fundraiser by Jolita Kiseliovaite : Help us, if you can (gofundme.com).