We celebrate the memory of our beautiful friend and clubmate, James “Hux” Huxtable, who was taken from us well before his time.
On Friday evening 16th March, following a 1st XV match against HAC, Hux was the victim of a tragic train accident in the early hours of the morning.
He was surrounded by Belsize men and lots of love and brothers that night, which is something that we can all take some comfort from.
We wanted to give his friends and the wider Rugby family the opportunity to post a memory or message of condolence to his family. Hopefully we can embody the humanity and decency which defines our game.
Our friend Hux played at outhalf with Kings College Taunton and toured with a barbarians’ independent schools side, before playing for the University of Bath Rugby and Redruth RFC in Cornwall (where his Dad Keith also played). He joined Belsize Park RFC when he moved to London to work with Accenture. We know his other clubs have made various gestures of respect and we stand with them in their grief.
In just two seasons, Hux has made a huge, positive impact to the Belsize family. He arrived into the club along with a gang of his best mates from University. Thanks to his cheeky and fun nature, commitment on and off the pitch, and genuine grounded personality, he has become a nucleus and favourite within our club. He was only telling us on Friday night about how he was so excited for next season for the other lads in their wider friendship group that he was bringing in to play for us. He had also made sure to drop into conversation that he had been coming in all the way from Newbury every Wednesday to make training sessions. He showed great commitment and really cared about Belsize and the team. As a coach, I have rarely met a player who cared as much and felt his responsibility of performance to his teammates so deeply. He showed each of us a lot of respect and care, and those memories will live on. He is a credit to his family and parents. We are going to miss him so much.
As a sign of respect, Belsize Park shall permanently retire our 1st XV no. 10 shirt. Hux was our boy and this was his shirt. In addition, there will be one-minute silence before our 1st XV game away against Enfield Ignatians this Saturday, and for the remainder of our games this season. We will be there in numbers to support his family at the funeral.
To James’s Father Keith, his mother Angela, his brother Adam and his entire family, we are so sorry for your extraordinary loss. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts. We mourn with you and we share your grief. We are here for you and you will always have a home at Belsize.
Hux, you were a beautiful, funny, quality man and a great friend. A class act that your family can be so proud of and our Club is privileged that you chose us.
Rest in Peace brother
Belsize Park RFC
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