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Young NRL player dies

The Manly Sea Eagles and wider Rugby League community have been rocked by the death of emerging young forward Keith Titmuss following a training session on Monday.

The 20-year-old fell ill while stretching after a session on Monday morning, and later died in Royal North Shore Hospital.

A promising prop who had come through Manly's junior ranks, Titmuss had earned a call-up to Manly's full-time 30-man squad for next season.

"We are all devastated by this news," Manly coach Des Hasler said. "Keith was a very popular character amongst the playing group. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten by the Sea Eagles."

Titmuss first made his name as a 17-year-old when he scored the match-winning try in the 2017 under-20s grand final at ANZ Stadium.

The hard-running forward won the club's players' player award in Jersey Flegg Cup in 2019, before impressing during limited time in reserve grade.

"This is a tragic day for rugby league,'' NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said.

"The game has lost a promising young player with the world at his feet.

Sea Eagles players were told of the news at a meeting on Monday afternoon.

IMAGE: Channel 7.

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