The world of rugby was in mourning on Sunday following the death of former Australia lock Dan Vickerman at the age of 37.
Born in South Africa, Vickerman earned 63 Test caps for the Wallabies and represented the Brumbies and Waratahs in Super Rugby. He also enjoyed a brief stint in England with Northampton Saints.
His passing was confirmed by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), although no details of the cause of death were disclosed.
The official Twitter account of the Wallabies led the tributes to Vickerman, and respects were paid across the rugby world via social media.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends, and all who knew Dan, at this difficult time. RIP Dan Vickerman.-- Brumbies (@BrumbiesRugby) February 19, 2017
Shocked an old team mate Dan Vickerman has passed away..Grateful to have played along side you..Thoughts & prayers are with his wife & 2kids
-- Quade Cooper (@QuadeCooper) February 19, 2017
Incredibly saddened waking up to the news of Dan Vickerman. A true gentleman of the game. Thoughts are with his family.-- Adam Ashley-Cooper (@AdamCoopy) February 19, 2017
Rest easy Vicks
Waking up to sad news about Dan Vickerman this morning. Always enjoyed playing against him. A real competitor and a great guy.-- Victor Matfield (@VictorMatfield) February 19, 2017
Incredibly sad to wake up to the news about Dan Vickerman. One of the greats on & off the field Thoughts are with his family-- James Horwill (@JHorwill) February 19, 2017
Rest Easy Vicks
Our thoughts are with the family & friends of former Saint Dan Vickerman, who has passed away aged just 37 #RIP-- Northampton Saints (@SaintsRugby) February 19, 2017