Former Henley Hawks player, James Comben passed away on Sunday following his battle with cancer aged just 29.
James was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare type of blood cancer in February 2017 after being x-rayed and undergoing tests after a heavy fall on the pitch. In October last year he was given the all clear but last December was told the devastating news that the cancer had returned. In April this year the club hosted a special Cancer Research day when James carried the ball on to the field to start the match against Canterbury.
James made his debut for the Hawks in 2009 after coming through the junior ranks at the Club. He went on to play 167 games at fly-half and was instrumental in the two promotion campaigns in 2013 and 2015. The 2014/15 season saw him finish in the top 5 point scorers in the league.
Chris Nixon, Chair of HRFC said, “All of our thoughts from everyone at the Club are with his family and friends, in particular his wife Elle, his parents Nigel and Liz and sisters, Susie and Christa. Funeral arrangements will be communicated as soon they are available. For anyone wanting to come down and pay their respects, we will have a short period of reflection before the game against Ampthill on Saturday at 3pm. The Club will acknowledge James’s fantastic contribution to Henley RFC and these plans will be announced in due course.”
Details of James’ funeral have now bee confirmed:
Date: Thursday 16 August
Venue: Chilterns Crematorium, Milton Chapel, Whielden Lane, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0ND
Followed by a reception at the Kings Chapel, behind the Kings Arms Hotel, 30 High Street, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0DJ
Dress code: James’ preference was to avoid black
Family flowers only. Should you wish to contribute, we support donations to Cancer Research UK.