England World Cup winner Bracken boosts Bennett’s spinal injury recovery

Alex Bennett in action at Sandal
Alex Bennett in action at Sandal

ALEX Bennett, the Lymm RUFC player who sustained a spinal injury at Sandal three weeks ago, received a morale-boosting visit from former England scrum-half and Saracens clubmate Kyran Bracken yesterday, Wednesday.

Bennett suffered a fractured C3 vertebrae in the upper spine as a result of a collision during the National League 3 North clash at Milnthorpe Green on February 25 but has made a spirited recovery and is due to move to a spinal injury centre of excellence in Oswestry today.

The former Saracens, Orrell and England A back-row forward was taken from the Sandal pitch by ambulance to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, before he was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary for surgery.

Since then, Bennett has made steady progress and Lymm RUFC director of rugby Steve Rule reported yesterday that Bennett “is in good spirits, is off the ventilator and getting stronger every day.” Rule added that Bennett was “showing off by moving his legs”.

The Lymm player also received a boost with a visit from Bracken who tweeted: “Saw pal Alex Bennett in Leeds. Recovering from a broken neck - bit of movement in his arms and legs - off the ventilator. He is so bloody brave!”

Bennett was due to play for England Legends in their charity game against Ireland Legends at the Twickenham Stoop tomorrow, Friday.

The annual game raises funds for the Injured Players Foundation (IPF), the RPA Benevolent Fund and the IRFU Charitable Trust to support injured players.

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