Wales international Elli Norkett killed in a car crash

The family of Elli Norkett have paid tribute to her as someone who was “loved and valued by many” after she was killed in a car crash.

The 20-year-old Welsh rugby international sustained fatal injuries in the collision in Neath Port Talbot, south Wales, at 7.40pm on Saturday.

Norkett, from Llandarcy, Neath, was the youngest player in the Rugby World Cup in 2013.

She was driving a Toyota Yaris which was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Insignia on the A4109, Inter Valley Road, between Banwen and Glynneath.

A 42-year-old woman driving the Vauxhall and a 12-year-old girl who was a passenger were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Norkett’s family released a tribute to her through South Wales Police.

“Elli Norkett was a kind-hearted and caring 20-year-old final year student at Cardiff Met University, studying sport development,” they said.

“In 2013, she was the youngest player in the Rugby World Cup and had gained four Welsh senior caps at the age of 17.

“Elli also represented Wales at Sevens and was selected for the Great Britain Students Sevens.

“On the club front she was proud to represent Swansea Ladies and the Ospreys. At Cardiff Met she played in two BUCS finals at Twickenham and wanted to pursue a career in coaching the game she loved.

“Elli was loved and valued by many and has touched the hearts of all her family and friends due to her kind nature and endearing personality.”

Norkett’s club said in a statement: “She had her whole life in front of her. Not only was she a talented rugby player she was a good human being, probably the most important thing about her.

“As an Ospreys in the Community coach she was a role model to the next generation, an inspiration to boys and girls of all ages. The thoughts of everybody at Ospreys Rugby are with the family and friends of Elli at this sad time.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Rugby Union said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news about Elli Norkett.

“A talented, dedicated player and popular team-mate, Elli was a treasured member of the Welsh rugby family. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”

South Wales Police is investigating the circumstances of the collision.