The family of former Northampton Saints player Frank Packman have confirmed that he died suddenly at the age of 57 on Tuesday 30 March.
A prolific try-scorer, Frank became Saint #1519 on making his debut in 1983 and the winger would go on to cross the whitewash some 178 times in his 323 appearances in Black, Green and Gold – putting him fifth in Northampton's all-time try-scoring records.
Frank, who enjoyed an illustrious career as a player and coached the youth game, had a far-reaching reputation for playing and promoting the sport. He died while out cycling with two of his sons in Bedfordshire.
The rugby world and colleagues in Northamptonshire Police, where he served 15 years as a police officer, have been shocked by the news.
His wife Rachel – who only recently retired from police service herself – and his family, say they are devastated at his tragic death and are asking for privacy at this difficult time.
Frank was a dedicated and loving father to four sons and a daughter. After his police career, his energy and focus helped him become a very successful and highly-regarded businessman. He was director of an international healthcare logistics company, based in Northampton, where he also lived.
Details of funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.