Hurt boy wants to play rugby again

2011-05-06 11:08

Pretoria – A 10-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital with back and neck injuries on Thursday after a rugby match at his Pretoria school.

Pierre Prinsloo’s condition was initially described as critical and there were fears that he had injured his spine, but matters looked much better by Thursday night.

According to Pierre’s mother, Annie Prinsloo, the doctor said X-rays showed no major problems but that they were keeping him for observation in the Unitas Hospital.

Pierre, the eighth man of the Voortrekker Eufees Primary School’s U/11A team, also complained about his shoulder but could move his legs. He was hungry and didn’t feel like lying down.


He recounted how his team were playing a home game against Uniefees Primary on Thursday afternoon.

"The other guy tried to tackle me and our heads collided. I tried to place the ball. As I tried to get up, someone tackled me on my shoulder from behind.

"I tried to get up but immediately fell down again."

Several members of the Pretoria North sector police reacted to a call and came to the scene, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks. The field was closed off for the Netcare helicopter to land.

Pierre said at first he didn’t want to fly in the helicopter and would rather have gone to hospital in an ambulance.

When asked if he was afraid to fly, he gave a big smile. “It was ok.”

Annie said she got a very big fright but it helped when the medics told her her child was okay. “A person tries to remain calm, it’s all you can do. You just get a very big fright.”

She said the team captain started crying terribly after the game because of what had happened to his friend.

Just a game

Despite the fright and the pain, Pierre “very, very much” wants to play rugby again.

Asked about what he learned from the experience and what he wanted to share with other children, he said: “Don’t hurt each other. Rugby is just a game. It’s just for fun.”

Netcare 911 said another boy was hurt on Thursday when a scrum collapsed at a primary school in Sinoville. He was also taken to Unitas.

A hospital spokesperson said this boy was released after treatment.


  • Christo - 2011-05-06 11:13

    “Don’t hurt each other. Rugby is just a game. It’s just for fun.” Sadly, many people (the grownups mostly) don't think this... I hope he recovers from his injuries quickly.

      saabnut - 2011-05-06 13:43

      Try telling the Bakkies Botha Moron that!

  • Chocks - 2011-05-06 11:42

    @news 24: Yesterday you reported that the boy was 8... anyway I hope the boy recovers quickly.

      The Observer - 2011-05-06 12:13

      There wer two boys one 8 and the other 10 read the last two paragraphs and you'll see there is two.

      Chocks - 2011-05-06 12:16

      @Observer, thank you.

      Chocks - 2011-05-06 12:21

      At observer, thank you I see what you mean, but read the two stories (boy 8 and this story) you will see that its confusing, especially the last paragraph

      Podgette - 2011-05-06 14:41

      @Chocks, you are correct - the previous report stated that the Sinoville boy was 10 (last paragraphs of report) and the child in Pretoria North was 8

  • Linus - 2011-05-06 11:44

    Pierre - you are a brave kid; get well soon boetie and all the best!!

  • virtualv - 2011-05-06 12:07

    Rugby is a dangerous full contact sport and should be more closely monitired in schools, i would not let my son play rugny in school as it is clearly not coached by professionals and there are way too many young children being hurt and dying for a game.

  • jamesonl - 2011-05-06 12:11

    You want to play again? Kid, it's time to leave this game. Isn't this serious enough a warning? I hope your parents won't allow you to get within 100metres of rugby pitch.

  • Lennox - 2011-05-06 12:12

    I don't profess to be a fundi when it comes to rugby as I follow the round ball game, but what about rubgy players using the same equipment as in American Football, like helmets and better protection for the shoulder/rib area. Those guys take some heavy tackles but there are not so many injuries compared to rugby. A scrum cap does not offer the same protection as a helmet would against concussion or head/facial cuts. The only problem would be at scrum time. If not a good idea then make scrum caps compulsary, I don't ride my bicycle without a helmet where there is a slight chance of me having a fall, but in rugby you are guaranteed that there will be clashing of heads.

  • Carolyn - 2011-05-06 12:12

    Rugby should be banned from schools. How many children have been put in wheelchairs for the rest of their lives, just because a school wants them to play Rugby.

      Paul - 2011-05-06 13:31

      @ Carolyn ...yes and lets also banned Bicycles ,skateboards,kids walking to school,sweets ,cars ,swiming in the sea,anything that can cause a fire in a house ...aggghh I actually couldn't be bothered with a fool like you ....idiot !!!

  • bimbo - 2011-05-06 12:23

    Dear heavens are we in trouble or what, I cannot believe that something as innocent as a child getting injured(regardless of how) can start up such a disgusting racist debate. Come on people get over yourselves, apartheid is long gone grow up and stop living in the past!!!

  • Swartgevaar - 2011-05-06 12:30

    Nawe.....your comments were totally uncalled for. A little boy getting hurt in a rugby game has nothing to do with race....I'm black myself and am embarassed that some of us are like you. Wytie and Observer on the other hand, I think you guys are also too harsh ....I had no doubts in my mind that some people like you still exist in SA but to read some of the stuff you guys post on this website is actually disgusting. I know for a fact that Nawe provoked a lot of feelings with his/her stupid comment but comments like raping grandmothers and sisters and also mowing the lawn.......C'mon guys....Cant we all just get along!!!!

      Totman - 2011-05-06 13:01

      After the Tata bakkie add the word "swartgevaar" bring a smile to my face every time when I hear

  • jamesonl - 2011-05-06 12:39

    Nawe, you are a fine fellow. Point taken. I agree with you.

  • iniesta.ngoetjana - 2011-05-06 13:18

    Sorry small boy, hope u will recover well my laitie.God bless you

  • Nawe - 2011-05-06 14:16

    All my comments were erased. NXA! hope u get better boy, but i still stand by what i mentioned earlier.

  • quinna - 2011-05-06 14:57

    Its apartheid's fault.

  • Derrick - 2011-05-06 16:40

    I don't think youngsters go out onto the field to intentionaly try and paralize people. I know in a school down the road when i was younger someone actually got killed. It unfortuantely happens in contact sport. And "jus for fun". People get competitive, and they gonna tackle you hard.

  • Bertha - 2011-05-06 19:23

    I hope the coaches of both boys are Boksmart trained. It is now a legal requirement by SARU that all coaches and referees are trained in this safety workshop that teaches best practice with all attention being on the reduction of serious and/or catastrophic injuries. All parents should ask thier childrens coaches if they hold their Boksmart license to coach, if they dont have their license then do not send your child to that coach and insist that thier school/club have all of their coaches and referees Boksmart trained in order to stem the tye of horrific injuries that these two little boys have suffered. Check out for details of legislation and additional resource material.

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