Boy, 8, critically injured during rugby game

2011-05-05 19:03
Cape Town - An 8-year-old boy is in a critical condition in the Netcare Unitas Hospital in Pretoria after he was injured while playing rugby at his primary school in Pretoria North on Thursday, paramedics said.

The events leading up to the injury remain unclear, but it is thought that the boy was injured when he attempted to tackle another player, Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.

Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the semi conscious child on the field. He had sustained serious spinal trauma as well as a significant head injury.

The boy was airlifted to the Netcare Unitas Hospital for specialist treatment.

Meanwhile, in another incident in Sinoville, Pretoria, a 10-year-old schoolboy was seriously injured when a scrum collapsed during a rugby game.

Netcare911 paramedics rushed from the first incident to the second child and also found him lying on the field, Wicks said.

The boy had sustained head and spinal trauma and was transported by ambulance to the same hospital for further care.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.