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The NRL today offered its condolences to the family, friends and team mates of Sunshine Coast Falcons player James Ackerman.

James, 25, passed away today after being injured in an Intrust Super Cup match at the weekend.

CEO Dave Smith said the Rugby League community was devastated by James’ death.

“This is such a tragedy and we send our sympathies to everyone who knew and loved James,” Mr Smith said.

“In particular, our hearts go out to James’ wife and children.

“It is a very sad time.”

Mr Smith said the NRL is providing support to his family as well as his team mates and friends.

In addition, there will be a minute’s silence at tonight’s game between the Roosters and Dragons and players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect for James.