A rugby player has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a rival player who collapsed after a blow to the head during a weekend match, police said.

Kevin Sharkey, 25, collapsed after being tackled by Richard Heke in an amateur league match between teams from the Brisbane suburbs of Browns Plains and Sunnybank on Saturday. Sharkey was taken to hospital where he lapsed into a coma and died Sunday afternoon. An autopsy showed he died as a result of a blow to the head. Heke was charged with manslaughter late Monday and police said the charge was likely to be heard in court today.Heke was dismissed from the field by the referee as a result of the tackle, and later suspended for eight weeks by the Queensland Rugby League disciplinary committee.