Tamworth Magpie cleared of serious injury

TAMWORTH Magpies rugby union player Rhys Duncan appears to have escaped any serious neck or spinal injury.

The Magpies number eight was taken from Weebollabolla Oval on a spinal board and in a neck brace on Saturday afternoon in the first half of his side’s CNRU match against Moree Bulls.

Initial reports suggest Duncan has no spinal or neurological damage, although he was remaining in Moree Base Hospital last night.

Magpies co-coach Tony Mills said that Duncan had a collision with another player after the collapse of a maul.

“He was conscious and had feeling when he left the field,” Mills said.

“They thought he may have had some fractures although initial scans were inconclusive.

“He is staying for further examinations because he has some acute pain in the base of his neck and shoulders.”

The game against Moree was stopped for 20 minutes while Duncan was treated but then resumed with 10 minutes to go in the first half with Moree leading 12-5.

The premiers stamped their authority on the game in the second half, running away with it 47-15.

This news comes on the same weekend that the Herald Sun reported  two other country footy games had been stopped with spinal injuries.

A young man has been placed in an induced coma in Albury Hospital following a game of AFL.

Another man was taken to hospital in Heathcote after he “copped a knock in general play and hurt his neck”.

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