Hull RUFC are mourning the death of Julian Barkworth, a player who enjoyed plenty of success in the yellow, red and black shirt.
News of Julian’s death emerged on Monday and his passing will leave a massive hole in the local rugby scene.
Julian, who played outside centre for Hull, spent several years playing for Hull RUFC before coaching Hullensians in more recent times.
Hull RUFC’s current director of rugby Gary Pearce, knew Julian very well having coached him in Gary’s first spell at the club.
Gary kept in touch with Julian on a regular basis and admits his death was a shock and insists he will be sorely missed.
“Julian played for me in my first spell at Hull RUFC,” Gary said.
“He was one of our main leaders and he was a larger than life character. He was a big part of our success and he will be sadly missed.
“It’s a shock to lose someone at his age.
“I spoke to him every Sunday because he loved being a part of the local rugby scene.
“He went to Turkey and was planning to coach rugby in schools and I was going to send him some kit.
“He was a big rugby fan with a lot of knowledge.
“As a club, it would be nice to pay tribute to Julian at our first home game when rugby resumes.
“You knew how popular Julian was by the number of calls I got when the news of his passing was announced.
“He was very well liked and respected.”
One of the players Julian played with at Hull RUFC was Richard Beal, chief executive of our main sponsors Beal Homes.
Richard first met Julian almost 30 years ago and he said it was an honour to play alongside his good friend.
“I first met Jules in early 1991 just before we set off on the Hull and East Riding tour to Zimbabwe,” Richard said.
“After that, we became good friends on and off the field.
“Over the years I played against him and with him at Hull for many years.
“His love for rugby was infectious. He played hard and partied hard!
“His character was larger than life and will be sadly missed in the many clubhouses where he played over the years.
“For me it was a pleasure and honour to be able to take to the field with such a passionate and wonderful team-mate.
“I’ll miss him greatly but will never forget the great times we had on and off the field.”