UPDATED: Former Saracens player suffers spinal injury ahead of England charity match

Alex Bennett
Alex Bennett

LYMM RUFC forward Alex Bennett, who sustained a spinal injury during the National League 3 North clash with Sandal on Saturday, was due to play for England Legends next month in a charity game to support injured players.

The former England A, Saracens and Orrell back rower underwent surgery at Leeds General Infirmary yesterday, Tuesday, after he sustained a spinal injury during Saturday’s National League 3 North game at Sandal.

The operation was successful in stabilising Bennett’s neck and he is now being closely monitored in intensive care.

Bennett was involved in a collision during the 25th minute of the game at Milnthorpe Green and required lengthy treatment on the pitch before he was taken by ambulance to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield.

Lymm’s director of rugby Steve Rule confirmed that Bennett had “fractured his C3 vertebrae in the upper spine” and “suffered a great deal of ‘spinal trauma’ and has limited sensation below the shoulders.”

Bennett was placed in traction before his transfer on Monday to Leeds General Infirmary, where surgery was undertaken in order to stabilise his neck and remove the need for traction.

Rule confirmed Dave Phillips from the Injured Players Foundation (IPF) had visited Bennett who was due to play for England Legends in their game against Ireland Legends at the Twickenham Stoop on March 16.

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

Rule also revealed that “Sandal are very keen to help and I’m in touch with [head coach] Jim Kilfoyle daily.”

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