The National Rugby Clubs Association is deeply saddened by the passing of former secretary Ivor Horscroft.

Ivor spent over 10 years as secretary of the NCA and his passion for the National Leagues and growing the sport at this level was unquestionable.

NCA Chairman Norman Robertson said: “Sadly Ivor Horscroft has passed away.

“Ivor was secretary of the NCA for 15 years serving on the RFU competitions committee for a similar time, both of which he served enthusiastically.

“He was instrumental in setting up our website which has since gone from strength to strength. Our sympathies and thoughts are with Julia and family.” would like to echo Norman’s condolences towards Ivor’s family and friends at this sad time.