Munster relief as Butler neck injury not serious
Munster will breathe a sigh of relief after Paddy Butler was released from hospital after he suffered a neck injury that resulted in the referee abandoning the game.
Butler was lining out for Shannon, who were leading Blackrock College 10-6 after 46 minutes in their AIL Division 1B clash before the back-row was left stricken.
There wasn't an ambulance at the ground and the referee decided to abandon the game while they awaited medical assistance.
Shannon last night released a statement, saying: "Paddy Butler was injured during the course of play against Blackrock on Saturday. It was suspected that he had suffered an injury to his neck/back area. All the precautionary measures were taken and he was not removed from the pitch until an ambulance arrived.
"The referee declared the match abandoned. An ambulance was called and after a period of time he was taken to St Vincent's hospital. He was later released.
"Everyone at Shannon Rugby Club is relieved that Paddy did not suffer a serious injury."
Despite Munster having a week off, Butler was released to play for the club as he continues his recovery following a lengthy lay-off with a broken thumb.
Rob Penney will welcome the fact that the injury to his No 8 is not serious, but the fact that he was left lying on the pitch in less than favourable weather conditions for a considerable period of time is sure to have angered him.