Saturday 22 July 2017

New Zealand club rugby player in intensive care with spinal injury

A club rugby player suffered the injury due to a a tackle. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
A club rugby player suffered the injury due to a a tackle. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Paul Hayward

A New Zealand club rugby player is in intensive care with a spinal injury after being tackled and fallen on in a game between Southern United and Taupiri on Saturday.

The player has not been named but is in the Intensive Care Unit at Middlemore Hospital. In a statement the New Zealand Rugby Union said: “The details of the accident are not yet confirmed, but it appears that the injured player had been tackled and that players subsequently fell on top of him. A full investigation into the accident will be conducted.

“Play was immediately stopped following the accident and an ambulance called. The injured player underwent spinal surgery on Saturday night and medical staff are assessing next steps.

“At this stage the injured player’s name will not be released at the request of his family, who have asked that media respect their privacy during a difficult time.

The Waikato Rugby Union operations manager, Bill Heslop, said: “Waikato Rugby Union and the Rugby Foundation’s main focus at this time is providing support to the player’s family, his club, and the Waikato rugby community affected by this terrible accident.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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