Tributes to two teenage Wrexham rugby players killed in Staffordshire crash

Tributes have been paid to two teenage rugby players killed in a crash in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Police said Dafydd Huw Craven-Jones, 18, and Morgan Jones, 17, died after the collision near the village of Penkridge.

Police said a 17-year-old female passenger was taken to hospital after the crash where she later died.

Dafydd Huw's family described him as a "beautiful soul" and "the kindest loving person you could wish to meet".

"Daf would do anything for anyone, albeit moan if he had to tidy his bedroom," they said.

"We just want to thank his friends for all the wonderful messages and memories they have shared of him and that his short life was filled with lots of love and happiness."

Morgan's family said he was a "very popular young man" who was "loved by everybody".

"He was an outdoor person who excelled in rugby, cricket, horse riding and show jumping," they added.

"He was passionate about farming and had secured a place at an agricultural college."

'Void will not be filled'

The force said it was called to the scene by the West Midlands Ambulance Service just before midnight on Monday.

Officers said the crash involved a single vehicle - a Ford Ka.

Police said another 17-year-old female passenger remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A spokesperson for Wrexham Rugby Club said the boys were members of its youth team.

"They were good friends on and off the field of play and the void they leave will not be filled," they said.

"The club has been overwhelmed by the kind messages of support from everyone who knew them and from all the rugby clubs in North Wales and further afield.

"Our thoughts are now with the families at this heart-breaking time and we send our heartfelt condolences."

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Sergeant Richard Moors, from Staffordshire Police, said it was a "tragic incident".

Investigation under way

"Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the young people who have tragically lost their lives and those who have suffered injuries," he added.

"Specialist officers are supporting their families at this difficult time and we ask that their privacy is respected. A full and detailed investigation is now under way to establish the cause of the collision."

Staffordshire Police have called for anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or seen the car prior to the crash, to get in touch.