Nottingham Rugby have been left shocked and saddened by the death of lock Mitchell Todd in a road accident.
Nottinghamshire Police named 21-year-old Todd as the victim of an accident near Normanton-on-the-Wolds on Wednesday.
Police said Todd was found inside a Citroen C3 shortly before 6am and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A product of the Nottingham Academy, former Scotland Under-20 international Todd was expected to make a significant contribution to the first-team squad this season.
The Championship club said Todd, who had played for the senior team in the British and Irish Cup last season, had just finished a degree in sports therapy at Coventry University.
Chief Executive of Nottingham Rugby, Simon Beatham said: "This has come as a huge shock to all of us at Nottingham Rugby.
"Mitchell was an exceptional talent and a hugely popular member of the squad so his loss has been felt profoundly.
"Whenever an Academy player makes the step up to the first team squad it fills you with pride and Mitchell was ready to take his chance in the forthcoming season.
"He was a lovely guy and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time."
Todd qualified for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born father and had also represented Scottish Exiles from under-17 to under-20 level. He won 10 Scotland Under-20 caps and played in the IRB Junior World Championship.
Rob Brierley, the Scottish Rugby Union's performance development manager for Exiles, said: "Mitch was a quiet, sensitive bloke with a real steely determination never more evident than on the rugby pitch.
"He was a real athlete, somebody who was late to the game and was developing all the time."
The SRU added: "Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to all Mitchell Todd's family and friends."