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James ‘Hux’ Huxtable

James ‘Hux’ Huxtable was born on 16th June 1993, and grew up in Taunton, Somerset. He was the son of Keith and Angela and brother to Adam. He started off his rugby career down in the south west of England playing for Heathfield Community School and Taunton RFC, as well as Redruth RFC. After school he gained a place at the University of Bath and was part of the Uni Rugby Club from 2011-2015. Following his graduation, Hux moved to London where he started working as a financial analyst for Accenture and joined Belsize Park in the 2016/2017 season at the age of 23. After arriving at the club, he showed his prowess and rugby skills and quickly became the first choice fly half for the 1st XV.

Hux was an integral member of the team both on and off the field. As a player, he had great hands and vision, as well as an accurate kick from the tee. His only downfall was his lack of pace, which was always assumed to be inherited from his father and grandfather who had both spent their entire rugby careers as props.

Off the field, he was known for always being one of the leaders of the post-match socialising, keeping to his roots by drinking plenty of ale. He had a constant cheeky grin, quick wit and passion for ensuring everyone enjoyed themselves. Hux was notorious for being late to matches and his late fine money always provided a steady income to keep the post-match drinks flowing.

On the evening of Friday 17th March 2018, Belsize played HAC in a rearranged match that had been called off earlier in the season. After the match, on his way home after hugging his teammates to say goodbye in the usual Hux fashion, he was involved in a tragic accident and was hit by a train at Stockwell tube station.

His funeral took place in Taunton on 5th April 2018 with the wake at Redruth Rugby Club. It was attended by over 250 people, including members of all his school, uni and men’s rugby teams. He was then buried at Trewirgie Cemetery.

Later that year, on 10th November, Belsize travelled to Taunton RFC and played a memorial match against Heathfield Community School XV in honour of Hux. At the match there was a fundraiser that raised £1,800 allowing his family to attend the Belsize end of year dinner in his honour as well as fund the installation of a new memorial bench at Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club, where Hux was a former member. His mum, Angela, also had a bespoke ring made to remember him by

HIs legacy at Belsize also continues as the 10 shirt for the 1st XV was retired in his honour and a late fine for the 1st XV is now known as the “Hux tax”. The season after we had an influx of recruits from Bath Uni and with Hux at the forefront of the team’s mind, the 1st XV went on to win the league and get promoted to London 1.

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