SCOTTISH rugby has paid tribute to a talented sportsman who died suddenly last month.

Twenty-seven-year-old Aiden Hoenigmann died after taking unwell at his home in Tranent.

His partner Sarah Mercer performed CPR before paramedics took over.

He was taken to hospital and placed in a medically induced coma but sadly passed away on January 8.

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Before Scotland’s defeat to France on Saturday, Scottish Rugby showed a picture of Aiden, alongside Jack Dun (a key figure for many years at Melrose Sevens) and Eric Grierson (who was a former international referee from Hawick), who also recently passed away, on a big screen at Scottish Gas Murrayfield.

The image, which showed Aiden wearing the East Lothian rugby team select shirt, noted that he was captain of Ross High RFC.

A short video featuring three members of the Scotland squad was also shared on social media.

Aiden’s dad Paul said: “I think it is just a really fitting tribute that rugby has recognised him at international level for the contribution he made to the sport at such a young age and what he meant to the rugby community.

“For me, that was touching for the whole family to see he was recognised at that level – one, at the game, and two, the players took the time to acknowledge the rugby club and the loss they had suffered.”

The Tranent side posted the video on social media, which showed the three Scotland internationals paying tribute to the former Ross High School pupil, who has a seven-year-old son, Oskar.

Twenty-four-times-capped Sione Tuipulotu is joined by Duhan van der Merwe and Jack Dempsey in offering some kind words during the clip.

In a 15-second video, centre Tuipulotu, who plays for Glasgow Warriors, says: “I am here with Demo and Duhie.

“This message goes out to Ross High in Tranent.

“We know you have been through a lot lately after losing your captain.

“Condolences to the family and we wish you all the best. Thank you very much.”

More than 800 people attended Aiden’s funeral at Edinburgh’s Mortonhall Crematorium.

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A celebration of his life was also held at Ross High RFC’s clubhouse.

An online fundraising appeal was also set up and has collected more than £25,000.

Paul previously told the Courier: “It has raised much more than we expected so far.

“It will be to support Oskar and Aiden’s legacy going forward.

“We will sit down with the family and work out how we do that, as it’s all too soon at this time.”

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