Jake Naylor was just 22 when he died (Image: MEN MEDIA)

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A young rugby player who collapsed and died at home in front of his devastated dad at just 22, died from pneumonia and Covid it has been revealed.

Jake Naylor, who was sports-mad and played for several rugby league and union teams, had no under-lying health conditions but had been coughing and struggling in the days before his death, in February this year.

His dad Ash Naylor, 57, a well-known rugby coach in Hull, has paid tribute to son, who he described as a "man mountain" who was "liked by everyone".

He told Hull Live: "He was 6ft 5, a typical rugby player build. He was liked by everyone, which is such a cliché, but it was true.

"He was such a nice and pleasant young man. It stuns me still, that he's gone, it doesn't seem real."

Jake had no underlying health issues
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

He was just 22 when he died
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

Jake, who lived with his dad and girlfriend Chloe at his dad's house, had no idea he had Covid but had been feeling unwell in the days leading up to his death.

Ash said the trio had been isolating together after he and Chloe both tested positive for coronavirus.

Jake, who studied agricultural engineering at Bishop Burton College, had been poorly for a while with a bad chest, which Ash said was common for his son, who was prone to chest infections.

While the trio were still isolating, Jake, who was too young to have been vaccinated at the time, took a turn for the worse and Ash phoned his mum, Jan.

"He was asking for her, but wasn't allowed to see her due to the restrictions.

"She told me to ring 111 and it was then that he just collapsed and never recovered.

"The ambulance paramedics were fantastic, they were here within minutes but they couldn't revive him, it was all very sudden."

A post mortem revealed that Jake had a rare strain of viral pneumonia and his death was also certified as Covid-related.

He dad added: "I'd been trying to get Jake to the doctors, but you know what fellas are like, he didn't want to go, and that's one of my biggest regrets, not putting my foot down.

"It haunts me."

Jake's rugby friends have organised a memorial match on August 7 to celebrate his life.

Dad Ash added he gets upset with some people's casual attitude towards Covid.

"It annoys me when people are so dismissive about it, but it can affect anybody.

"People don't always treat it as the hazard that it is.

"I completely understand we can't stand still with the economy, but it is still very frightening and very worrying at the same time."