Tributes to tragic rugby star Ronan Costello poured in from across the world.

There were tributes from Canada and New Zealand as well as many hbudnreds of messages of condolence to the family within hours of his tragic death in Leeds General Infirmary.

Ronan, 17, was badly injured playing for the Giants Academy against Salford on Saturday and lost his fight for life in hospital.

David Faiumu, who returned to New Zealand after a stint with the Giants, tweeted: “You sure were Ronan champion bloke love you my bro RIP will see you on the other side brother.”

Dave Calverley, chairman of the Giants Supporters Association, said: “It is such a tragedy and it is one of those things that bring the whole Rugby League family together.

“Our thought are with everyone who knew Ronan, especially his family.”

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Social media tributes

Deborah Holroyde Donaldson: RIP Ronan. So so young. Heartfelt condolences to your family. Once again the sky has gained a bright new shining star. Heaven a brand new angel. Sleep tight.

Cariad Fairless: Absolutely heartbreaking news, I’ve not seen Ronan or his family for years but my son played rugby with Ronan when they started in the under 8’s. Thinking of Martin and Nicola and all his family, your all in our thoughts. Love Me and Dominic Jeannette Dawson Chambers: Omg that’s so tragic one min are ambulance next a heartbroken family RIP Ronan my heart goes out to your family and friends our thoughts are with you all.

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Gill Shaw: Totally Tragic indeed, my thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of Ronan.

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Janet Maude: Such sad sad news. Our thoughts are sent to his family at this time Vanessa Mallalieu: That is awful news RIP Ronan. My thoughts and sympathy go out to all of his family at this very sad time

Nicki Burton: Terrible news. Thoughts are with his family and friends. Devastating. R.I.P