Scottish Rugby pays tribute to artist who died during World Cup

Stuart Herd's paintings were owned by several players and auctioned off to benefit rugby charities.

Scottish Rugby pays tribute to artist and fan Stuart Herd after passing during World Cup in France Scottish Rugby

An artist who who painted the Scottish national rugby team has been described as a “generous supporter” by bosses after his death while following the side at the World Cup in France

Stuart Herd was found dead at the Navarre Campsite, in the commune of Langres, on Monday – days before the team were due to face Ireland in their final pool match.

The 52-year-old painter and photographer, who owned The Harbour Galleries in Tarbert, Inveraray and Ullapool, was described as “inspirational” in messages of condolence posted online.

Rugby chiefs have now also posted their own tribute to Stuart, who regularly auctioned off his depictions of the national side in action for a number of charities.

“Scottish Rugby is saddened to hear respected artist & Scotland fan Stuart Herd passed away in France earlier this week,” they wrote.

Stuart Herd with Scotland national team player Pierre Schoeman.Facebook / The Harbour Gallery

“Many players and staff own his works and he was a generous supporter of rugby charities. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

STV News understands carbon monoxide poisoning is among the potential causes of death being considered by French police.

In a Facebook post, the artist’s friend Albert White wrote: “With deep sadness, one of our forum members and large part of the rugby family Stuart Herd passed away while on tour for the RWC in France.

“He was an advocate of numerous charities too many to list.

“It’s such a sad shock, I spoke with him as he travelled around France RWC to the games. A great representative of the rugby family and true Scot.

“A great man lost too soon.”

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