Rugby player critically ill after collapsing on rugby pitch in Halifax

A RUGBY player is critically ill in hospital after collapsing on a pitch in Halifax.

The man - understood to be in his late teens or early 20s - was part of the Northallerton team playing against Halifax Vandals when he fell to the floor at their grounds at Warley yesterday afternoon.

President of Halifax Vandals Bob Walker said the player was running when he collapsed.

An ambulance responder, theatre matron and medical practitioner who were there watching the game rushed to his side and carried out CPR until an ambulance crew arrived.

The player was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital and then transferred to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

His condition was yesterday described as critical but stable.

Chris Davis, coach at Halifax Vandals, said: ““The club would like to thank those who acted so quickly in what was a very worrying situation.

“All those involved at the Vandals would like to wish him and his family all the best for his full recovery.”