It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our team-mate and friend Ermis Vetsos died on Saturday, 20 September, 2008. Ermi was not feeling well after the game and collapsed, soon after returning to the changing rooms. Despite the best efforts of his team-mates, the club doctor and the ambulance staff, Ermi passed away soon after reaching the hospital.
The official cause of death is not yet confirmed, but it would appear to have been a pre-existing heart condition. The medical staff have said that this tragic event could have happened anytime and under any circumstances.
Ermi was a very important member of the 5ths/Extra Bs and, like all the better props, his game went beyond the scrum and lineout. Equally happy in the loose, with ball in hand, or in the tackle. His involvement did not stop at the touch line. Like anyone who plays rugby for fun, Ermi recognised the importance of the social side of the game and his contribution to the post-match activities made him popular and likeable company.
As a person, Ermi was as solid and dependable as he was a prop, and he will be sorely missed by the London Scottish club and everyone who played with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.